Thessaloniki promenade, Greece
Why visit Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki
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.
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!
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 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.