Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki, is modern, laid-back, and has an impressive historical and cultural heritage.
Start your Thessaloniki tour with the waterfront and the White Tower; an ancient Byzantine fortification rehabilitated as a museum. On the waterfront, you will see the sculpture of George Zongolopoulos: The Zongolopoulos Umbrellas. Then, you will pass by the old town of Ano Poli, which will charm you with its colorful streets, magnificent agglos Demetrios church, its buildings of the Ottoman era, and the Vlatadon monastery. To immerse yourself in the history of Ancient Greece, think of the Agora, the Arch and Rotunda of Galerius, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ruins of the palace of Emperor Galerius. The Alexander the Great statue will be waiting for you at the Garden in the name of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. You will take the opportunity to stroll and breathe fresh air in this lively city. Then, the Heptapyrgion, the old Byzantine and Ottoman fortress located northeast of the Acropolis, will make you vibrate with the beauty of its architecture. In Thessaloniki, you can also go to the covered markets such as the steps of Modiano, Kapani, and Athonos to discover local specialties and fresh products and immerse yourself in the city's overall atmosphere. Do not miss a pleasant moment on the beaches of Halkidiki, especially in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea, a natural paradise in Greece. You will then move on to the archaeological sites of Pella and Aigai, which were previously the ancient capital of Macedonia. If you go to Thessaloniki in November, you will have the chance to attend the International Film Festival.