Visit Kalohóri (5kmW), at the mouth of the Gallikos River and the Kalohóri Lagoon and admire flocks of herons, pelicans, flamingoes and water buffaloes.
Towardsthe west (beyond the city’s outskirts) you will come across the preserved wetland habitat of the Delta formed by Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas Rivers. This 320 sq. km area (including the regions of Nea Ayathoúpoli and Alykés Kitrous in Pieria Prefecture), is habitat to more than 270 bird species, many animal species –including the famous Axios wild horses, and more than 500 plant species. The "Management Agency of the Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas Delta" offers a free guided tour in the area, which is protected by the Ramsar International Convention and included in the "Natura 2000" network.
Your next stop is Panórama (15.5kmSE), one of the city’s largest suburbs, built on the green slopes of Mt. Hortiátis. It offers a panoramic view of Thermaikos Gulf.
Up next is Sindos (14kmW), Thessaloniki’s Industrial Zone. The small hills on the plain are ancient burial mounds. A neolithic settlement with a cemetery of the geometric and archaic periods was discovered on one of the hills. Excavations brought to surface an impressive Macedonian tomb in Ayios Athanassios.
Another interesting place to visit is Thérmi (15kmSE). The excavations in Karabournáki have brought to light significant archaeological finds, thus strengthening the view that ancient Thérmi, an important Mediterranean harbour, was located in this area. The Thérmi mineral springs are brackish and are recommended for a vast range of medical conditions. The Thérmi Festival, featuring various cultural events, is definitely worth attending!
A yet interesting choice is the Holocaust anniversary, in October, on Mt. Hortiátis. Last but not least is Peraia (17kmS). This is a suburb by the sea with famous fish restaurants, whereas Nei Epivates, 18kmS, a Thermaikos seaside resort, is known for its picturesque houses and popular fish tavernas.