Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki promenade, Greece

Why visit Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki

thessaloniki cycling, Greece

Thessaloniki is quite different from Athens . The streets are well organised and in much better shape, as are the people who are famously sophisticated and fashion conscious. 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.

Main attractions

Arch of Galerius, Thessaloniki, Greece

Perhaps the #1 sight, the Arch of Galerius

Other sights are the White Tower,  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!

thessaloniki white tower, greece

The 15th century White Tower is another modest attraction that’s worth a look, as are. . .

thessaloniki rotunda church, greece

. . . a couple of churches and their elaborate interior ornaments. This is the Rotunda Church.

thessaloniki church icon, greece

A typically ornate and much-kissed church icon.

thessaloniki apartments, greece

So, not really a must see but the city is a comfortable place to spend a couple of days en route to some of Greece’s best beaches on the Halkidiki peninsula.