second city, Thessaloniki, is quite different from Athens. The streets
are better organised and in much better shape, as are the people -
in better shape that is. Thessalonikis people are famously sophisticated
and fashion conscious, and the shops reflect that, as well as the
bars, restaurants and clubs, but this is not a real tourist town as
sights are in short supply and - unlike Athens' Plaka - there is no
easy-to-find tourist focus.
The main sights in Salonica (as it's also known, along with Salonika and Thessalonika) are the white tower, visible in the picture at top, several
excellent Byzantine churches, a couple of museums, the tiny but interesting
Arch of Galerius and Kastra, the old Turkish quarter. A mere morning's
work for a serious traveller en route to Halkidiki!
Perhaps Thessaloniki's #1 sight, the Arch of Galerius
The 15th century White Tower is another modest attraction that's worth a look, as are...
...a couple of churches and their elaborate interior ornaments. This is the Rotunda Church.
A typically ornate and much-kissed church icon.
So, not really a must see but Thessaloniki is a comfortable place to spend a couple of days en route to some of Greece's best beaches on the Halkidiki peninsula.
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