The geographic area of North Greece occupies the northernmost part of the country. It includes a long coastline with hundreds of sandy beaches, fertile valleys, caves and mountainous regions. North Greece is administratively divided into three large provinces: East Macedonia and Thrace, Central Macedonia and Western Macedonia.
East Macedonia and Thrace
This region is located in the northeasternmost area of the country. It has a long coastline with many large sandy beaches. The most popular destinations are the towns of Kavala, Alexandroupoli and Xanthi, as well as the seaside resorts of Keramoti, Nea Peramos and Nea Iraklitsa. The North Aegean island of Thassos is also visited by tourists and it is located close to the port of Keramoti.
East Macedonia and Thrace is divided into the following regional units: Evros Region, Rhodopi Region, Xanthi Region, Kavala Region and Drama Region.
Central Macedonia is the largest in size and the second most populated region of Greece after Attica. It has seven regional units including the Halkidiki peninsula which is a prime holiday destination of the area and attracts thousands of tourists every summer. Other popular places in this region are the city of Thessaloniki and the Olympic Riviera.
The other regional units of Central Macedonia are: Thessaloniki Region, Imathia Region, Kilkis Region, Pella Region, Pieria Region (better known as the Olympic Riviera) and Serres Region.
This is the only land-locked Greek province. It is predominantly mountainous and there you can find two of the largest ski centers in Greece, located near Grevena and Florina. Some of the villages have preserved old buildings which function as hotels and guesthouses. The scenic town of Kastoria is known for its lake.
Western Macedonia includes the following regional units: Florina Region, Grevena Region, Kastoria Region and Kozani Region.