Ever considered purchasing a property in northern Greece? This beautiful region has all too often been overshadowed by the islands and Athens – but it has much to boast about. It is home to the effortlessly cool city of Thessaloniki, brilliant Blue Flag beaches and more – see if it could tick your boxes for the location of your overseas property.

1. A destination to keep you captivated

As much as you might want to settle in and feel like a local, there’s something fantastic about always feeling like a little bit of a tourist. You want there to be more to see, more to do. And that a location can still excite you, years on. Luckily, northern Greece is perfect for that. As it shares a border with Turkey and the Balkans, it has a history as a cultural melting pot. Its history, architecture, and cuisine bear the influence of diverse cultures such as the Macedonians, Thracians, Romans, and Byzantines. Thessaloniki’s gastronomy recognised by UNESCO, further highlighting its cultural richness.

2. A paradise for nature enthusiasts

Northern Greece is a dream for lovers of the great outdoors. It is home to Mount Olympus, Greece’s tallest mountain and the mythical home of the Greek gods. Besides the breathtaking mountain views, you’ll find over 1700 plant species, wolves, and jackals. And let’s not forget the Vikos Gorge, the world’s deepest canyon in proportion to its width, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

3. Idyllic beaches

Aerial drone view of Port Glarokavos and lagoon beach in Kassandra penisula Chalkidiki Greece

Head for a splash!

Beach babes will feel at home here, as northern Greece doesn’t skimp on stunning beaches. The Halkidiki peninsula, jutting out into the Aegean Sea, offers a fantastic choice. Kassandra, the most popular of the three “fingers” of Halkidiki, boasts Blue Flag beaches and a marina filled with yachts. For a quieter, more rustic charm, Sithonia, dotted with quaint fishing villages, is a must-visit.

4. Easier access than the islands and less well-known than Athens

Move aside Athens. Not really. We’re Athens fans too. But, as the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki is an equally head-turning, complete with museums, theatres, cinemas, markets, and shops. With regular flights from London Gatwick, it’s more accessible than some of the more isolated islands, especially during the off-season. Plus, unlike the south or the islands, northern Greece hasn’t been overly commercialised for tourists. Instead, it offers a quieter, more authentic taste of Greek life. The food, weather, beaches, history, and culture – all the elements that make Greece so appealing are present, minus the heavy tourist footfall.

5. Get more for your budget

And when it comes to property prices, you can find a decent one-bedroom apartment in Thessaloniki starting from €80,000, and a three-bedroom near the coast for around €200,000.

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