Thessaloniki

Lying peacefully in the heart of the Thermaikos Gulf is a cosmopolitan metropolis, the co-capital of Greece, Thessaloniki. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, Thessaloniki or Salonica, is the second biggest city in Greece and a major historical and cultural center.

The city is famous for its slower pace of life.

At a time when financial constraints are changing the face of Greek life, the people of Thessaloniki adhere to their age-old ways, as they have done for centuries.

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Local life

Coffee is more than just a drink here. It has acquired a ritualistic quality, a means of uniting people. Don’t rush; sip your coffee and find the time to appreciate your surroundings and your company.

The food is also delicious; a cosmopolitan culinary tradition that reflects the great variety of people who once called Thessaloniki their home. The arrival of displaced Greek refugees in the early 1920s introduced spices and flavours from the East and the result was extraordinary.

From there, one can walk to the Nea Paralia parks that span the Thessaloniki waterfront.

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Food

Like many other places, the people here love dining out and Thessaloniki restaurants accommodate even the most demanding connoisseurs.

From traditional tavernas to boutique wine and cheese bars, from eclectic restaurants to street vendors serving delicious gyros and souvlaki.

Taste exquisite street food next to the ancient Roman Market; imitate the locals and combine a day of shopping on Tsimiski street with a visit to early Byzantine churches. Indulge yourself in traditional Greek food while enjoying the view of the sea.

Art and culture

There are more than twenty museums, the most famous ones are the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. There are also many theaters, countless art galleries, antique shops, cultural festivals and an International Fair.

Lining the waterfront are a string of cafΓ©s and bars which during summer are full of Thessalonians enjoying their long evening walks. This is what locals call a β€˜volta’, and is an integral part of the city’s culture. Walk, cycle or simply sit down and relax while watching the colourful sunset and listening to the sound of the waves as they describe the ebb and flow of history.

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  • Meteora

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    Features: ● Ancient Architecture ● Historical Sites ● Vibrant Neighbourhoods

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    Features: ● Traditional Settlement ● Meat Tavernas ● Coastal Views

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  • Piraeus

    Features: ● Port of Piraeus ● Kastella Hill ● Art

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