Located on the Thermaic Gulf at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki is the 2nd largest city in Greece.
It's a town with plenty of stories to be told, starting with the moment of its foundation in 316/315 B.C. Fortunate to have royal “blood”, since the new city was named after Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great and daughter of Philip II, King of Macedonia, it developed rapidly—due to its prominent geographical location—as one of the most important ports, and economical and commercial centres of Macedonia and the Balkan Peninsula as a whole, advantages maintained for the past 2,300 years.
Undeniable witnesses to its epic journey are its numerous monuments. Open and easily accessible to the public, they live alongside its residents and tell interesting stories about various civilizations, religions, and eras. Thessaloniki is also a city of history and culture with over 20 museums and 20 historical structures. Around the city be sure to enjoy a variety of monuments and modern sculptures like the statue of Alexander the Great or the “umbrellas” on the town's waterfront.
Throughout the year Thessaloniki hosts various exhibitions and events: a documentary and short movie festival, book festival, food festival and more. There are absolutely no limitations as to the hours you could spend savouring the flavours of Thessaloniki’s gastronomic wealth. A typical day begins with the “coffee experience”, and proceeds to appetizers and tsipouro (a pomace brandy) in a traditional tavern, followed by lunch topped off with coffee or dessert. Such a day concludes with a late evening visit to a restaurant – where else?
For those looking to put their feet up, Thessaloniki has more than 10 official beaches with crystal clear waters, at a distance of 50 km from the coastline of the Municipality of Thermaikos. The amazing “Khalkidhiki” is right after that.
It's a place with beautiful beaches and three peninsulas, each offering something different: either the cosmopolitan Kassandria, the wild nature of Sithonia, or the religious Mount Athos, where people from all over the world (and of various religious background) gather and meditate, some on their search for the Divine. What's more, those travelling to Thessaloniki can visit lagoons and national parks, caves, gorges, thermal baths and even Mountain Olympus, among the numerous attractions.
For more information on Thessaloniki, visit the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization's website https://thessaloniki.travel/en/
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)
The airport is located 15 km away from Thessaloniki city centre.
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