Veria, the seat of the prefecture of Imathia, is built at the eastern foot of the majestic mountain range of Vermio. Next to the thickly vegetated Pieria Mountains, this hospitable city unfolds its beauty. Tripotamos River flowing across the city, a source of life for Veria, is tightly connected to its history. Veria is a rich and modern city, a centre of industrial processing of the abundant agricultural and stock farming products of the area.
The area of Imathia has always been an important hub in Macedonia, with significant history, rich cultural tradition and important archaeological sites. Human settlements first appeared in the prehistoric era, while one of the oldest Neolithic settlements of Europe has been found in the area of Nea Nikomidia.
Coordinates: 40°31′N 22°12′E (1) Veroia (2) Alexandreia (3) Nausa
The prefecture is reach in points of natural beauty, with large and fertile plains, a large number of old churches, monasteries, ski centres and, of course, the internationally famous archaeological site of Vergina.
At Néa Nikomídia, nine km northeast of Veria, there are traces of a Neolithic settlement of the seventh millennium B.C., which is the oldest agricultural settlement along with Sesklo in Thessaly.
The terra-cotta woman-shaped idols, as well as many frog figurines made of steatite are among the most interesting exhibits at the Veria Archeological Museum.
Lefkádia Tombs: Some 30km/19mi south of Édessa, in the vine- and fruit-growing district of Náousa, three Macedonian tombs – well preserved hypogea of the third-second century B.C. – were discovered in 1954.
Séli Ski Centre: At Kato Vermio, 26km from Veria, there is the Séli Ski Centre (alt. 1,400 m). There are seven ski lifts and slopes for skiers of every degree of ability.
At Naoussa are some noteworthy waterfalls and in winter is the ski facility of Tria ke Pende Pigadia Ski Centre.
In the city of Veria you can visit Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, neoclassical buildings, the archaeological museum, the ruins of the ancient walls of the city, Ottoman monuments, the Jewish traditional districts of Barbouta and Kyriotissa, as well as the Bema of Apostle Paul, where he preached the word of God in 54 A.D.
At a beautiful site on the slopes of Vermio, close to the village Kastania, approx. 18 km from the city of Veria, is located the majestic Holy Monastery of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) “Soumela”. It was built in 1951 and it has since been the cultural centre of the Hellenism of the Euxine Sea (Black Sea).
Each year, during the three-day celebration of the Dormition of Mary, on the 15th of August, thousands of visitors from all over Greece and abroad gather here to pay honour to Virgin Mary.
A walk in the old market will impress you. It will make you feel the charm of nature, which, in harmonic connection with the history, makes Veria an enchanting, cultural destination.
Visit the picturesque taverns to enjoy the dishes and the tasty delicacies of local cuisine, the traditional cafes, as well as the patisserie shops of the city. Do not miss the traditional sweet “revani” made with the old traditional recipe, as well as the traditional yogurt and the “loukoumades” (doughnut type sweet in honey syrup).
Do not omit to visit the Orologio or Raktivan square, along the Mitropolis street marking the western border of the walled Veria, as well as the Elia Park, the lush green park in the centre of the city, which has been characterized as the balcony of Veria.
The vibrant nightlife, the live tradition and the rich local cuisine can cover your every need and make your stay in Imathia an unforgettable experience.
At night the city takes on a stylish new face and invites all to enjoy the coffee bars, the taverns and the ouzo-shops (ouzo being a traditional Greek drink), which guarantee times of relaxation.
• Skiing Centre of Seli (only in Greek)
• The Archaeological Museum of Veria
• Caves, Mountaineering and Ski Clubs – Mountain Refuges
• Mountain refuges and Ski resorts in northern Greece