When visiting Thessaloniki and wishing to combine your trip with a stop to a Greek island, keep in mind that you don’t have to go for the obvious choice. Indeed, the Cyclades, the Ionian islands and the Dodecanese feature some of the most gorgeous islands and glorious beaches in Greece but so do the islands of Northern Greece standing closer to Thessaloniki than you think. Let’s take a closer look to the 3 major islands near Thessaloniki.
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The only inhabited island of central Macedonia right across Athos peninsula in Halkidiki welcomes you to enjoy your holidays on stretches of white sand and crystal clear waters. Head for a swim to Alyki, Agios Georgios, Karagatsia, Megali Ammos and Drenia and arrange your stay in one of the finest seaside resorts or traditional mansions. Ammouliani is well known for its peace and quiet as well as its mouthwatering local cuisine.
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The emerald island of Northern Greece will take your breath away with its glorious nature. Welcome to a serene paradise on earth amidst dense pine forests, olive groves, running waters and lacy shores. A natural Eden inviting you to surrender to the echoes of nature and enjoy fresh fish by the sea.
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This is an island of distinct character, an island filled with scintillating beaches, mountains, lush vegetation and waterfalls. Samothraki is filled with flavors and aromas of local dishes prepared with regional ingredients such as wild goat which is a must-try dish while on holidays on the island.
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