Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia, packed with theatres, nightclubs and an International Film Festival. You will also find a wide choice of museums, galleries, designer shops and more coffee places than anywhere else in Europe. The city is buzzing with students – this being the biggest university town in the Balkans. The walk along the shore of Thermaikos gulf is not to be missed and the ambience of the city and its people is one of the most intense you will ever experience.
“Many stories one heart” epitomizes the character of the city. Thessaloniki is proud of the many diverse stories the city
can narrate. Having been a cosmopolitan crossroad, the city maintains a diverse architectural character, enhanced by the remnants
of its 2,300-year history, enduring symbols of its glorious Archaic, Byzantine and Ottoman past.
The White Tower, Galerius Rotunda, and the Roman forum are few of the city’s distinctive monuments. The Upper Town (or Old City) is an enchanting neighborhood of traditional houses, worth visiting not only to enjoy the astonishing view from the remaining Byzantine Walls, but to also explore the area’s Byzantine churches with the superb frescoes, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The art lovers would enjoy the special collections of modern art at the two magnificent museums of Contemporary Art.
Thessaloniki is famous for its intense and vivid nightlife. The 150,000 students from all over Greece, rates Thessaloniki among the top “party cities” of the world and involves many options, from arty bars to “noisy” nightclubs, fleshed out by a highly active music scene and daily live events and venues. Towards the late hours plenty of music stages are tempting visitors where amid the locals they are scattering flowers to each other. Most orchestras play traditional Greek songs with bouzouki but one can find many bands performing rock and pop music as well.
Thought to be a gourmet city, Thessaloniki has numerous pastries, taverns and restaurants, allowing visitors to indulge in
delicious oriental desserts and exquisite Mediterranean and Middle East flavors. Anyone who loves the idea of tasting plates
of Greek specialties (called mezedes) will feel right at home in a city famously passionate about its cooking. Some of the best
patisseries in Greece are located at Thessaloniki. The town is crazy about sweets, and its trademark bougatsa (a sweet
custard-filled pie) as well as the traditional tsoureki (fluffy sweet bread coated in chocolate).
One has to try the famous soutzoukakia (spicy meatballs) and the fresh fish from the Aegean Sea accompanied by the Macedonian drink tsipouro or ouzo.
Tasting great wines from the Macedonia region is just one of the many highlights Thessaloniki can offer. With a plentitude of local varieties, a superior climate for grape growing and an abundance of brainpower and technological resources, Greek wine presents exciting new possibilities for wine lovers around the world. In the past two decades, the region of Macedonia in Northern Greece has undergone a revolution in which quality, individuality and history are the hallmarks of a new generation of Greek wine producers determined to make their mark well known internationally.
Thessaloniki has unique beauties and every season of the year is special. The landscapes nearby provide the ideal
conditions for touring and entertainment. And if summer entices us with the beautiful islands and the beaches nearby,
winter forces us to reckon with the mountains. When the white snow covers Central and Northern Greece mountains slopes, the Ski
areas welcome lovers of winter sports offering them a wide range of activities like skiing, snowboard and snowmobile. Climbing
the mountain Olympus is a unique experience as well as rafting, canoeing and horse riding at well organized areas. In easy
reach from Thessaloniki there are plenty thermal and mineral springs for recreation, health and wellness. The healing
properties of thermal spas could heal and treat many health problems while you will get a feeling of renovation.
Within easy reach from Thessaloniki there are 800km of beautiful beaches, many of them being awarded with the “Blue Flag”. Thessaloniki is the city that only can be loved for its hospitality, entertainment and happiness it offers.
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