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We'd highly recommend a few nights in Thessaloniki at the beginning or end of your holiday to Halkidiki, which is very easy for us to arrange.

In many ways Thessaloniki feels like a big, modern, waterfront city, the second largest in Greece and with a far more cosmopolitan vibe than Athens. There are major shopping streets, lively laneways, a university with 150,000 students and a vast selection of restaurants and cafes. It is also a city with a turbulent past, a profound history of intertwined cultures, and a lasting legacy from its place at the very crossroads between East and West.

Founded in 315 B.C. Thessaloniki was named after a half-sister of Alexander the Great. Since then, the city has been dominated by whichever empire was in power, from Byzantium to Ottoman. You can explore several Paleochristian sites, the remains of a Roman market and theatre, Byzantine city walls and an 8th century copy of the Agia Sophia in Constantinople, the emblematic White Tower, and crowded alleyways and hamams (bath houses).

This mix of cultures comes alive in regards to food. Thessaloniki is renowned as the gourmet capital of Greece, with a cuisine that fuses Mediterranean, Balkan and Turkish sensibilities.

Thessaloniki is a city made for walking. Take an evening stroll (volta) along the waterfront, perhaps ending up in the narrow alleys of old Ladadika, home to a buzzing nightlife of authentic street restaurants and bars; visit one of the city’s thirty (30!) museums; take the bus to the Ano Poli (Old City) and from the very top look down upon the bustling city and glimpse, in the distance, across the sea, Mount Olympus itself.

There are no beaches within the town itself. However there is a very good waterbus service called Karavakia operating from the harbour to three beaches further around the Thermaic Gulf. These beaches are sandy, safe (some have a Blue Flag) and organised. The waterbus service is understandably popular, operates up to 5 times daily in each direction (takes 50-60 mins.) and cost 3.50 euros in 2018.

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Private Walking Tour in Thessaloniki

There is no better way to get under the skin of a city than on foot, and Thessaloniki is perfect as most of its major historical attractions are contained within a relatively small area. A walking tour can be pre-booked from any of our city hotels.

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel and the tour will include all the main monuments (many of them listed by UNESCO) including The White Tower, the Roman forum, the Rotunda, Galerius Arch, palace ruins, medieval towers and modest Byzantine churches hiding rare treasures - all of which will give you an insight into this fascinating melting-pot of a city that once belonged almost equally to Jews, Greeks, Ottomans and refugees from Asia Minor to name a few.

  • Cost: £65 per person (minimum 2)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Included: English speaking guide


Not included: Entrance fees (namely The White Tower Museum €4 pp), shoe leather!

 

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Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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