The Old City of Veria

There’s such beauty in a town entrenched in layers of history and culture.

Walk

In Northern Greece, Veria is a Macedonian city with rich history from the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. From our hotel in Thessaloniki, we took a day trip out to experience the hilly provincial town with deep cultural roots, cute cafes in the downtown area, and classical architecture all over. Walking through the meandering stone streetways of Veria, you transport yourself back in time, passing cottages and structures that has aged over time. Winding through the houses, is a babbling river, powering through the old city.

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See

Apostle Paul’s Podium

This monument represents where Saint Paul once stood and preached in his journey through Greece.

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The Jewish synagogue

Within the Jewish Quarter of Veria, stands a small stone building where Saint Paul preached. It is still quite well preserved and serves as a reminder of the history past. The windows open up to panoramic views of the town.

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Eat

12 Grada

Located in the old quarter of Veria, this wine bar and restaurant serves up cuisine inspired by Macedonian and Thracian gastronomy. The restaurant is so welcoming and cozy. We had quite the Mediterranean feast here — indulging in stuffed cabbages, phenomenal wine, meatballs, fava beans and yogurt topped beets. The ingredients are fresh and full of flavor. But, I’ll let the photos do the talking here…

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*Thank you to the Tourism Dept. of the City of Thessaloniki for hosting me and Aegean Airlines for flying me out!