Alexandria Short Film Festival

The town

The town

Alexandreia or Alexandria is a town in the Imathia regional unit of Macedonia, Greece. It’s a rapidly developing town focusing on boosting its economy via agriculture, merchandising, alternative tourism and other alternative actions.

Alexandreia is a located in the vast plain north of the river Aliakmonas and west of the river Axios, also named as Kampania or Roumlouki. The area around Alexandreia has the greatest production of peaches in Greece and apples, pears, tobacco, and cotton are also grown at large.

Alexandreia is 19 km south of Giannitsa, 23 km northeast of Veroia and 42 km west of Thessaloniki and 27 km northeast from Vergina.

Despite the fact that Alexandreia’s economy is chiefly based on the agricultural production of the surrounding area, the city’s current position at a road intersection has also established it as a major commercial center to the local area. This leads to the constant growth of its population and, therefore, to its continuous reconstruction and the steady expansion of the city plan, which provides the character of a modern city. The sewerage network, whose construction lasted for a long time, is completed and functional and also expected to be a milestone for further development in the city.

There are many fundamental public services in the city, including a health center, serving its residents. There is also a large market with numerous hotels ,retail shops, supermarkets, cafeterias, pubs and taverns.

Place to Visit

St. Nikolaos church – Axios – Loudias Delta

It is easy to reach the estuary of the Loudias, an asphalt road takes you there from the junction at Klidi on the highway.  Many amateur fishermen set out from here to fish for bass, sole or mullet. Pause to check out the mussel farmer’s huts on the opposite side of the river, and keep an eye out for Dalmatian pelicans which often feed here. Flamingos, mallards and pygmy cormorants are very common here in winter time. Be sure not to miss the mussel farms with the poles and the nets full of mussels hanging on them in the sea.  Gulls and cormorants like to rest here too.

On reaching the sea you will see the little church of Saint Nikolaos and just beyond that you`ll encounter the wooden huts of the mussel growers. These constructions serve for work, rest and tool storage. This area is the main source of mussels in Greece.  You can watch fishermen and the mussel growers working, using the tools of their trade,  but don`t miss seeing cormorants and pygmy cormorants- the real “professionals” at work, fishing under water or drying their wings in the sun.

With the city of Thessaloniki on your left, continue your trip on the coastal road up to the wooden observation tower, from where you can enjoy the view to the Axios Delta.

Aigai – The royal capital of Macedonia

Vergina is located 8 km southeast of the city of Veroia and 30 km from Alexandria. There is a frequent public transport connection between Vergina and Veroia. Veroia is frequently and regularly connected to Thessaloniki by road and rail, and also directly connected to Athens.

The royal burials unearthed in the rich necropolis of Aigai attest to the city’s prosperity. During the reign of Alexander I (498-454 BC), Aigai became the centre of the most significant Greek state in the north. During Archelaus reign (413-399 BC), the court of Aigai was turned into a hospitable heaven for great artists that would grace with their presence the city life

In 1977, Manolis Andronikos excavated the site, gave it back its name and the history of Macedonia began to be rewritten.

How to reach us

Alexandreia has a railway station on the railway from Thessaloniki to Florina. The Platy railway station on the important railway from Thessaloniki to Athens is also situated in the municipality of Alexandreia. The motorways A2 (Egnatia Odos) and A1 pass through the municipality. The Greek National Roads EO1 and EO4 pass through the town.