Thessaloniki, Greece, a relaxing city to visit.
Thessaloniki, Greece, a relaxing city to visit.

Thessaloniki, Greece 2022

Thessaloniki, Greece, a relaxing city to visit.


Hi Friends,

I have only been in Thessaloniki, Greece for a day, but OMG, loving it.

Thessaloniki, Greece, is a city in the northern part of the country. It has a population of over 1 million people and is known as the “Pearl of the North.” From its historical sites to its coastal beaches, there are so many things to do and see.

The city has many districts and neighborhoods, each with their own history. The food in Thessaloniki is also diverse and delicious. There are restaurants that serve everything from traditional Greek cuisine to global cuisine. From shopping for souvenirs to a good night out, you can find it all in Thessaloniki!

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History of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Kassandros, son of Antipatros. It is the second-largest city in Greece and one of the oldest cities in Europe. After its establishment, it quickly became a major commercial hub on the trade route between East and West. As a result, it has had an enormous influence on Greek culture and history over the centuries.

In 1912, Thessaloniki became part of Greece following a brief period as part of the Ottoman Empire. It was also occupied by German forces during World War II. Following this, Thessaloniki experienced periods of decline before experiencing growth in recent years with the expansion of its economy and industry.

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Things to do and see in the city

Aside from the many historical sites, there are many things to do and see in Thessaloniki. For example, you can visit the Maritime Museum and learn about the history of ships and seafaring. You can also explore the Archaeological Museum and learn more about an ancient civilization.

In addition to museums, there are plenty of interesting sites around Thessaloniki. You can walk along the waterfront boardwalk or take a ride on one of the city’s famous funiculars. There is also a promenade that surrounds much of the city; it provides scenic views while you enjoy your walk through town.

Even if you think you don’t have time for an adventure right now, Thessaloniki is worth visiting. It’s just a 5.5-hour train ride from Athens!

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Local customs and culture

Thessaloniki has many historical sites, which you can explore. If you’re looking for a relaxing day at the beach, head to Vassilikos. It’s a sizable coastal town with a beautiful sandy beach. You’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors and then some!

Local culture is also important in Thessaloniki. You’ll find celebrations of Greek traditions all year long–especially during September’s Athinorama Festival. The festival honors the city’s patron saint, Demetrius. Other customs include placing an olive branch on graves and wearing black every November 30th in remembrance of Greece’s independence day.

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What to eat in Thessaloniki

There are so many different things to see and do in Thessaloniki, but one of the most important parts is the food! From traditional Greek cuisine to global cuisine, you can find whatever your taste buds desire.

The most popular dishes in Thessaloniki are gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, and tzatziki. They are all similar dishes with a few variations. Gyros is made up of meat wrapped in pita bread and often topped with tomato sauce and white cheese. Souvlaki is another popular choice that’s made up of skewers of meat and vegetables that are grilled on a barbecue. Moussaka is layers of eggplant, ground beef or lamb, cooked in a tomato sauce served with mashed potatoes on top. Tzatziki is a cucumber yogurt dip that’s perfect for dipping bread into.

Greek food might be hard to pronounce when you’re ordering for the first time but don’t worry! It’s usually just easier to point at what you want from the menu!

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vegertian restaurant called roots was EPIC!

Where to stay in Thessaloniki

There are many hotels in Thessaloniki that range in price and quality. There are hotels that are geared towards tourists, while others are more expensive. For example, the Hotel Grande Bretagne is one of the most luxurious hotels not just in Greece, but in all of Europe. It has a casino on premises and is located right next to the White Tower.

The hotel offers 3 restaurants, a café, 2 bars, 1 pool and fitness center, a spa with a Turkish bath and sauna, and business services. The rooms at this hotel are spacious but more expensive than other hotels in Thessaloniki.

Another type of hotel for those on vacation is the Hotel Rodos Park which is cheaper than the Grande Bretagne but still has excellent amenities offered. It has a restaurant that specializes in Greek cuisine along with an outdoor pool and business center with computers provided for free to guests.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option or if you’re not planning to spend much time at your hotel during your stay in Thessaloniki, there’s also the Rodos Palace Hotel which is conveniently located near the city center. This hotel includes breakfast every day as well as free Wi-Fi and parking options!

For myself, I like to use booking.com to find places that are attractive.

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4 nights, $131 USD.

Conclusion

Thessaloniki is a great destination for those looking to take a break from the busy city life. This relaxing city offers a plethora of things to do, see and experience. From rich history to delicious food and culture, Thessaloniki is an ideal destination to spend your next vacation.

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If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy this other post called : A Hike up the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.


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