We've heard that Edessa is very beautiful city, but we didn't expect it to be that beautiful. A real pearl of Northern Greece. It is located about 90km from Thessaloniki. Edessa is a city of water. It's amazing how many wellsprings, streams, waterfalls and rivers there are...First of all, the access to the city is very interesting because it is built on a hill and the biggest waterfall, called Karanos, can be seen while entering the city. Edessa is a city filled with tourists and provides plenty of accommodation units for a mainland city on. There's even a five-star hotel.
Upon arrival, it's nice to take a walk from the old town, named Varosi, to the opposite side of the town. The most common reason why people come to visit Edessa is its widely known waterfalls that are the biggest ones in Greece. The great waterfall is the most interesting one because you can walk right under it.
There's also an open-air Water Museum and the old textile factory you can visit. The park, where the waterfalls are located, is one of the most beautiful parks in whole Greece: full of shade, nice trails, vegetation and water. Into the deep shade of the park, there are restaurants and cafes that are great for a break.
Although there are more attractive restaurants, above the waterfalls in the park, we reccomend the one called Ousies, where you can have lunch or dinner. It's a tavern with affordable prices for small portions of appetizers and main courses.
Edessa is enchanting in the spring and summer when everything becomes green, so you can visit this city on your way back from vacation.
Some cafes have the panoramic view of the vast green plain at the foothill of the city.
You should also visit the church of the Virgin Mary from 14th century.
In the city center, there is a big fountain in the main square, surrounded with cafes and restaurants, pastry shops and many other stores. From the square you can see paved streets that are pedestrian zone.
Edessa has a very pleasant atmosphere, a promenade with shops and a lot of tourists. This city reminds of coastal towns and we higly recommend it for a weekend or one-day trip.