A town with a tale to tell

The town that keeps reinventing itself

The story of Naoussa goes back to ancient Macedonian times, where a young prince Alexander would learn from the wisdom of Aristotle before overcoming the known world, with the wisdom he had gained. Since then Naoussa has gone through various evolutions, from a Roman colony (where it got its name), a famous last stand against the ruling Ottoman empire, a proud textiles giant and fine wineries; all creating stories, traditions and identity for what has now become a modern town ready to reveal its story. Enter. The door is already open.

A carnival, the likes of which, you won’t see anywhere else

The carnival season of Naoussa is something really quite extraordinary. Combining ancient Dionysian fertility celebrations and heroic fights throughout history, the “Boules” is rich in costume, music, dance and celebration. You won't want to miss a thing.

Unravelling the past

Naoussa’s museums offer you the glimpse into the Naoussa story as seen through the eyes of the Naousseans themselves. Delve into the tradition of the “Boules” or get to grips with why Naoussa was willing and able to take the last stand against the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. Just stroll through their doors to piece together a story you can learn from.


Been there, seen it, now you can read the book!

What would make you write a book? You'd probably have to really care about it and have plenty to say. One of Naoussa's residents felt the need to talk about his town and reveal the full secret and story. If the Greek language isn't "Greek to you" then you can read it here.

Freedom comes at a price

Our freedom is something much of us take for granted, since we have never had it seriously threatened. What would you do if all that you stood for was under threat, if the way of life you knew might disappear? Less than 200 years ago the people of Naoussa took a stand for their freedom, which ultimately cost the lives of nine of its citizens. Their sacrifice left a lasting legacy on their descendants, and a lesson about the value of freedom they will never forget, which is why they renamed their town, "Heroic town of Naoussa" to honour those who paid the ultimate price.


The centre of the Greek textile industry

Reclothing a reborn nation

Textiles became the industrial powerhouse of Naoussa, soon after Greek independence in the mid 19th century, from which a nation could not just adequately, but proudly cloth itself once again. At their peak the factories employed over half the population. They have closed now, but their history, impact and even their buildings continue to live on in the story of the city that makes Naoussa what it is. Read more about this fascinating period in Naoussa's history from the town's mayor, himself.


The home of a renowned international film festival

The story of the town's young people who really made a difference

Naoussa may be an average sized town, but it's film festival, running for 10 years, is the biggest digital cinema in South Eastern Europe and the biggest short film festival in Greece. It was brought to life by young locals who wanted to liven their town up more.

Over the five days more than 200 films are screened from all over the world. Every year between 100 and 150 young volunteers oversee its smooth running as many parallel events such as concerts and exhibitions all combine to make each festival a real event. Visit the site and the latest festival video to get a better idea of what really goes on.