Dotted with historic sights but still stylishly modern, Greece's second biggest city is a destination worth visiting. Time Magazine named it one of their top destinations for 2022. The laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere of the city is its calling card, but in case you need more reasons to visit, here is why Thessaloniki should be on the top of your bucket list:
- The city is walkable. Sprawling around the coastline of the Thermaic Gulf, Thessalonikiis full of unique landmarks. The shore spans from the ferry harbour to the White Tower, and the many Byzantine churches and vestiges of past life sprinkled throughout the city and its historical districts make it a great place for sightseeing.
- There are plenty of sights to see. Ancient ruins are rooted in the middle of the city, including the UNESCO sites the Roman Agora, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotonda, the Byzantine Baths and the Crypt of Agios Demetrios. To learn more about the history of the area, there are a range of museums such as the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the Archeological Museum. What's more, there are loads of astonishing churches (make sure to visit Hagia Sophia). There's so much that you won't have time to see and experience it all in one day, so definitely make plans for more!
- It's a culinary paradise. Thessaloniki's cuisineis known across the country for its quality and variety. Because of its past, the city's gastronomy boasts flavours from Pontus, Asia Minor and Constantinople, as well as Arab and Armenian influences that infuse traditional dishes with exotic nuances.
- It has a notorious nightlife. Take Ladadika District for instance - this beautiful, walkable area is located off Thessaloniki harbor and is an eating and drinking hotspot. Named after the numerous olive oil shops that used to populate the area, it was the bazaar and central market of the city under Ottoman rule. Now, it's peppered with charming tavernas, restaurants, barsand clubs.
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