On the slopes of the fir, beech and chestnut tree-lined Mt Vermion, and bordered to the northeast by the Pieria Mountains and the Aliakmonas River, lies Veria. Through the centuries, the greater Veria region – the green land of the ancient Macedonians – has handed down the treasures of a glorious history to subsequent generations.
Over 2,500 years, each era and its associated culture has left its imprint on every corner of this part of Greece. They survive through the habits and customs of different neighbourhoods, in works of art and the local cuisine.
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What to do in Veria
The 19th-century neighbourhoods
Barbouta, the Jewish neighbourhood, retains its special character with the stately homes and simple houses with inscriptions in Hebrew, and the Synagogue. In Kyriotissa, the Christian neighbourhood, admire the Byzantine churches, explore the alleys of the Old Town and visit the Folklore Museum.
The Podium of Saint Paul the Apostle
In the 1st century AD, St Paul preached in Veria, where he was warmly welcomed. This historic monument is a landmark for Christians all over the world.
The Royal Tombs of Aigai
Visiting the nearby Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai is a unique experience. Aigai (the ancient name for Vergina) was the capital of the Temenid dynasty, which gave us Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great. In a subterranean dome that encases and protects the monuments, you unravel the threads of history and myth. Philip II’s tomb and the many other treasures of one of the greatest ever archaeological finds never fail to amaze.
Seli Ski Centre and 3-5 Pigadia offer the unexpected bonus of snow skiing during winter and, at other times of year, mountain biking and hiking, as they are crossed by the European E4 footpath.
Hidden treasures in Veria
Wine tasting in Imathia
Imathia’s vineyards have been turning the heads of oenophiles since the 19th century when Naoussa was first recognised for its wines. Honoured with the epithet of International City of Vine and Wine, it continues to produce high-quality wine that has received Protected Destination of Origin status.
The public library of Veria
How does the public library of a small city become a national standard? Well, as a winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Access to Learning 2010” award, Veria’s public library has justifiably been acknowledged as a “centre for the development of creativity, knowledge and innovation”. With numerous book titles, many in digital format, and particular attention paid to users with special needs, it leads the field when it comes to taking libraries into the new electronic era.
Party by the river
What better setting for a music festival than the pine-clad banks of the Aliakmonas River? During July, you can enjoy a concert as night falls as well as many activities to pique your interest by day.