Sitting in the shadow of Mount Olympus, Thessaloniki is steeped in ancient history, an intriguing mix of culture, fascinating museums, vibrant markets, and a street food scene considered the best in Greece. This is a city crammed with 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 29 museums. It’s no wonder Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and the capital of ancient Greek Macedonia, has itself been called an open-air museum.
Byzantine churches, crumbling ruins, modern architecture, intense nightlife and a sparkling blue sea — this is the essence of Thessaloniki. It is both a sprawling urban centre and a cultural melting pot, where dreams, ideas, visions and trends percolate in an alternative scene. Its history is written across every inch of its surroundings: the White Tower, Nikis Avenue, Aristotelous Square, Mitropoleos Avenue, Tsimiski Avenue, the Ladadika district, Modiano Market, Bit Bazaar and the Old City.