In Macedonia, Naoussa bids you welcome with good wine, Veria invites you to explore its neighbourhoods, while Seli and 3-5 Pigadia call all skiers to the fine slopes of northern Greece

Greece is more than a summer holiday destination and Naoussa and Veria prove the rule. Not that you can’t visit at other times of year but these two historic Macedonian towns are some of the best winter destinations in Greece. During the winter months, streams ripple  through Naoussa and its dark-green park of Agios Nikolaos, the famous local xinomavro red wines come into season and the streets are full of skiers heading up to the ski centres at 3-5 Pigadia and Seli. Naoussa, on the densely wooded eastern foothills of Mt Vermion, and atmospheric Veria nearby are ideal springboards for your winter excursions.

What to do in Naoussa

Skiing at Seli, ideal for beginners and beyond
Here you can take your first steps with snowshoes. Seli, Greece’s first ski centre, has been operating since 1934. Its slopes are ideal for novices and intermediates, who can practice the basics before they take off for more difficult terrain. Not a downhill skier? Seli has 8km of cross country trails and a special park for snowboarders. But if you’re already an expert seeking thrills, then move on to the other ski resort in Macedonia.

Agios Nikolaos, a forest in town
The Arapitsa River bestows its blessings on Naoussa. Dividing it in two, it delivers both waterfalls and energy. At its source, in Agios Nikolaos park, it gives life to incredible scenery. In this  forest of linden and oak trees, you’ll find all mod cons, such as artificial ponds, playgrounds and restaurants serving a local delicacy, trout from the nearby streams, just 3km from the centre of town. But don’t stop there. In the Alonia, Pouliana and Batania neighbourhoods, there are marvels of Macedonian architecture to admire.

Industrial yet photogenic
As you walk through Naoussa, you’ll come across the old water-powered textile mills of the 19th and early 20th centuries; Victorian-era industrial architecture at its most attractive.

3-5 Pigadia: a challenge for skiers
If you are a downhill ace, Naoussa has an additional attraction for you. On the western slopes of Mt Vermion, the 3-5 Pigadia ski centre boasts the longest and most difficult piste in Greece, just 17km from town. Think you can handle it?