Flights to Veroia
Veroia is a busy city in Macedonian Greece, though it’s not as common a tourist destination as other Greek cities. You’ll see much Greek culture and history here, and there are several interesting stops you should plan on making while you are visiting Veroia.
The nearest airport for flights to Veroia is the Kozani National Airport Filippos (airport code: KZI) but they do not handle any international air traffic. Instead, for flights from South Africa come to the Thessaloniki International Airport, Macedonia (code: SKG) which is not much farther away at 65km. Lufthansa offers a flight to Veroia that connects in Munich, and both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will make their stop-overs in London. With South African Airways, you’ll have a 2-stop flight via Cairo and Athens.
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The Tourist Attractions of Veroia:
The Byzantine Museum of Veroia is housed in an old mill building, and has 3 floors of displays and exhibits featuring the Byzantine era for the region. Their collection of artefacts includes mosaics, paintings, coins, old manuscripts and books, pottery and wood carvings.
Old Church of Christ
The Old Church of Christ was built in the 14th century, and its official name is actually the Church of the Resurrection of Saviour Christ. Many of the paintings on the inside walls are well-preserved, though the outside of the stone building is very unassuming for a church.
Shrine to Apostle Paul
In approximately 50AD, the Apostle Paul preached in Veroia and there is a marble shrine on the square where he did so. It’s located on the edge of town and the monument is decorated with several detailed mosaics showing the event.
Veroia is at the foot of the Vermion Mountains, which are to the west of the city. There are ski resorts there if you are travelling in the right season, and you can go walking or hiking during any part of the year.
For more local history, the Archaeological Museum has a collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. The museum is quite small but their outdoor display of large stone pieces is impressive.
The much-larger city of Thessaloniki is not far from Veroia so you can take a visit there if you want a change of pace. Besides the large number of museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants, you will also find the Waterland water park and a planetarium at the Thessaloniki Science Centre. If you prefer more historical sites, there are ruins of a Roman forum not far from the Aristotelous square in the middle of the city. You can drive to Thessaloniki from Veroia in about an hour or less.
When Should You Visit?:
Zakynthos has a wonderful Mediterranean climate which provides the island with lots of sunshine and hot weather during the summer and plentiful rainfall during the winter, giving Zakynthos a lush appearance. Summers, between May and September, are definitely the most popular time to visit but spring and autumn can be nice too and quieter.