Central Macedonia

Central Macedonia (Greek: Περιφέρεια Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας, Periféria Kentrikís Makedonías) is one of the thirteen regions of Greece, consisting of the central part of the geographical and historical region of Macedonia. With a population of almost 1.9 million, it is the second most populous in Greece after Attica.

The region was established in the 1987 administrative reform. With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with East Macedonia and Thrace, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace which is based in Thessaloniki. The region is based at its capital city of Thessaloniki and is divided into seven regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Halkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serres and Thessaloniki. These are further subdivided into 38 municipalities.

Although geographically part of central Macedonia, Mount Athos is not administratively part of the region, but an autonomous self-governing state under the sovereignty of Greece.

Central Macedonia is Greece's most visited region and accounts for 18.2% of the total tourist flow in the country, with 3.21 million tourists in 2008.[2] In 2007, the Purchasing Power Parity of Central Macedonia was 81% of the EU average according to Eurostat, placing it near the national average of 90.5%, but well below the PPP of Attica, which was 109%.[3] In 2008, the GDP per capita of Central Macedonia was €18,300 (US$26,409).

Information: 

Country Greece

Capital Thessaloniki

Government

Regional governor

Apostolos Tzitzikostas

Area

Total 18,811 km2 (7,263 sq mi)

Population (2011)
Total 1,880,058
Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code GR-B
GDP $39.4 billion (2004 statistics[1])
$21,038 per capita

Top Reasons to Go to Central Macedonia : 

Mt. Olympus:
Bask in a gods'-eye view from the top of Greece's highest peak, often covered in clouds and lighting as if to prove Zeus still holds sway—ascend skyward thanks to numerous enchanting trails.

Thrilling Thessaloniki:
In this great commercial hub, the Armani suits and €5 coffees provide a startling contrast to the ruins of the ancient city walls, Byzantine monuments, and the spirited bartering of the city's bazaar.

Between Heaven and Earth:
Mt. Athos, pinpointed with monasteries, is Greece's most solemn precinct; off-limits to women, it is an exclusive bastion as well.

Alexander the Great Sites:
The fabled ancient ruler made this region the crossroads of the ancient world—walk in his footsteps in Pella (his birthplace), and Vergina (home to the royal tomb of his father, Phillip II).

Regional units: 
  • Halkidiki
  • Imathia
  • Kilkis
  • Pella
  • Pieria
  • Serres
  • Thessaloniki
Major cities: 

Edessa

(110 km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Katerini 

(101 km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Kilkis 

(68,1 km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Polygyros 

(52,3 km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Serres 

(102 km km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Thessaloniki

(17 km distance from the Center of the city to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)

 

Veria 

(102 km distance to Macedonia International Airport SKG, Thessaloniki)