Irresistible and culturally rife, Thessaloniki is an energetic and effervescent holiday destination that delivers on many levels. Gorgeous gastronomy, ancient ruins and a smattering of sublime museums comprises the cultural panorama of this sparkling city, ensuring everyone from history enthusiasts, dedicated epicureans and raucous revellers will be satisfied by this gorgeous Greek location. Hailed as Greece’s ‘second city’, Thessaloniki boasts sights and sounds to rival the captivating capital, without the tourists troubles synonymous with Athens. Grand structures create a compelling contrast to enchantingly quaint neighbourhoods, showing that this city is one of delightful dichotomy.
The White Tower is unanimously hailed as Thessaloniki’s most significant and symbolic historic landmark. Enshrouded in a bloody and battle ridden history, the stolid structure was repeatedly whitewashed in order to erase the grisly evidence of the tower’s turbulent past. Within, an interactive and immersive collection of exhibits speaks eloquently of Thessaloniki’s colourful history.
Reigning resplendently over the city, the enormous and extravagant Church of Agios Dimitrios pays homage to Thessaloniki’s patron saint. Built upon the site where the martyr was killed, the stolid and sacred structure houses a subterranean crypt whose eerie atmosphere is sure to send shivers down your spine. Ancient relics are housed within this underground cave, detailing a past that spans centuries.
For a traditional taste of gorgeous Greek gastronomy, visit the authentic and atmospheric Basagiazi Restaurant, located in the heart of the city’s historic fish market. Fresh fish, flavoursome vegetables and salty Greek cheeses are regular features on this restaurant’s ever changing menu; signature specialities include stuffed vine leaves, garnished seaweed and freshly steamed mussels.( Vasileos Irakliou 35, Thessaloniki 54624, Greece)