Imathia. Prefecture Imathia is located in the west of the prefecture of Thessaloniki department in the district of Macedonia. River Aliakmonas flows through Imathia and divides the area in two, in the West the Vermio Mountains and in the East the Pieria Mountains.
Imathia borders with the prefectures of Thessaloniki, Pella, Pieria and Kozani. A large part of the prefecture belongs to the large Macedonian plain, an area that is very fertile, ideal for agriculture. Imathia is one area that is very diverse. In the forested mountains of Vermio example, there can be skied . Here are three ski resorts: the ski center of Seli (1500m-1900m), the ski center of Tria Pente Pigadia (1400m-2052m) and the ski center Chrisso Elafi (Golden Stag).
On the mountain Vermio besides skiing is mountain hiking possible, along the mountain runs the E4 path. Imathia is a region with a very rich history, there are many important archaeological places of interest.
The main site is Vergina, it suggests that this ancient city was Aiges, the capital of the Macedonian empire in the period 650 BC- 413 BC. Here is a palace located, the ancient theatre and the royal tombs of Vergina. Here are the tomb graves of Philippos the 2nd (father of Alexander the Great - 336 BC) and of Alexander the 4th (son of Alexander the Great 310 BC).
Capital of Imathia is the town of Veria, a modern Greek town at the foot of the mountain Vermio. In the centre of the town is the park of Elia (Olive Tree), which totally was renewed in March 2014. This park is also called the balcony of Veria because from here above you have a fantastic view over the plain of Imathia. At the park are many traditional mansions that are now transformed into modern cafes.
In Veria is also a monument in honour of the apostle Paul that in the year 50 AD has preached Christianity here. Every year here in June 29 at a large outdoor place, there are many activities to commemorate the Apostle.
Another important city is Naousa (not to be confused with Naoussa Paros) in the northwest of Veria. Naousa is situated on the slopes of Mount Vermio. Like Veria also Naousa is a modern town with traditional neighbourhoods where the authentic and traditional style of the houses and alleyways is still well preserved. Known areas of Naousa include the districts Alonia, Batania and Pouliana. Naousa is also known for its waterfalls (river Arapitsa), the wine that is produced here, the production of fruits (peaches, apples) and the carnival which is celebrated here every year.
- Imathia is easily accessible both by bus and by train from Thessaloniki, where the international airport is available. There is also bus connection to other prefectures around it and with Athens.
- Veria: Important transfer station (bus station in the town of Veria) . The train station is on the edge of town (down). There is a train of Thessaloniki
- Florina. From Thessaloniki go every hour express buses to Veria. (One hour drive). From Veria you van go by bus to Vergina. Thessaloniki is a bus terminal built on the outskirts of the city. Buses depart from here to many destinations. From the train station Thessaloniki runs every 10 min. one bus directly to this terminal. From the airport bus 78 goes to the terminal in about 45 min.