Located on the northern side of Greece, Thessaloniki is the second largest city of the country and one of the most important ports, as it serves commercial trades between the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The town is constructed around the Gulf of Thermaikos and has a very long history that dates from the Hellenistic times. The Old Town is built along the slopes of Kedrinos Hill and the new town streches till the port. In fact, the long and paved waterfront is a favourite promenade for locals and tourists. From the north, the town is surrounded by the forest of Seih-Sou.
Apart from a modern and interesting town, the prefecture of Thessaloniki has many natural beauties: from long sandy beaches on the south, on the way to Halkidiki, to secluded mountainous regions and lakes. On the northern side of Thessaloniki, there is Mount Hortiatis that covers the needs of the town in water. On the west side, four rivers flow into Thermaikos Gulf: Axios, Gallikos, Loudias and Aliakmonas.
The geography of Thessaloniki presents a stunning variety of images like long beaches, beautiful mountainous regions and paths for adventurous activities. The eastern side of the prefecture is not that developed as the western side. It has many small villages and it is gradually developing as a family tourist resort. Asprovalta, Nea Vrasna and Stavros have many tourist facilities and nice beaches. In the middle of the prefecture, there are two large lakes: Lake Koronia and Lake Volvi, with lovely villages surrounding them.
Thessaloniki map View the map of Thessaloniki with the main villages, beaches and sightseeing. Also, location of the port and airport.
View: Map of Thessaloniki