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    Exploring Northern Greece

    Previously I have talked about how a Greek Island adventure would be like: which islands to visit, what beaches to lazily lounge at... So many archipelagos to venture in, no single blog post could possibly do them justice. This time around, it's all about the mainland. The northern region of Greece, to be more exact. It incorporates the historical region of Macedonia and Thrace, two incredible areas surely worth a visit.

    Although a bit out of the way, the best way to begin this journey would be picking up a hire car in Athens airport, soon after landing. Take a full day to relax and indulge in some ancient sight-seeing, obviously the Acropolis is a must when it comes to the most Ancient monuments of Western Civilization.

    Heading further north, take the opportunity to drive your Greece car hire to the region of Meteora. Here you are able to admire a mesmerising complex of ancient monasteries, all of them built on rock pillars! Some of them are possible to visit but be aware, women are obliged to wear long skirts during the tour - no bare flesh allowed - and all visitors should keep silent at all times.It is quite an impressive sighting and one not very common during most travels so be sure to include that on your itinerary!

    After this slight detour, you should be more than ready to continue driving until you finally arrive with your hire car in Thessaloniki, known as the capital of the northern region.Around town you will be set on discovering several Byzantine monuments and structures from other eras, so you won't miss on your usual Culture fix! Stroll through the town's Ano Poli, also known as Old Town and considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    Other interesting plans may include a visit to the local markets, the Modiano market being notably important if you wish to find any food delicatessens and have a peek at the city's nightlife - it will give you a good idea of why Greeks are such fans of celebrating the good that life brings and why they do it so well!So, any other sights one should definitely keep in mind while travelling in Northern Greece? Keep those suggestions coming, every idea is welcome!

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