Cheap flights to Thessaloniki
We all know about Athens, but if you are looking for a real flavour of Greece you should head to the country’s second city Thessaloniki. Well, it was named after the sister of Alexander the Great and you can’t get much more Greek than that. As all proud inhabitants will happily inform you,
Thessaloniki differs from busy and bustling Athens with its elegance and style – let’s just say designer clothes and beautiful people rule in this town. Yet despite its age – Thessaloniki is an old city having been founded way back in 315 BC – the city scrubs up very well and is today a modern one of large avenues, parks and squares, tree-lined streets, and Neoclassical and contemporary buildings.
History buffs will love this place: there aren’t many cities that can boast to having lived through the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, so there is lots to see. If you like your old Byzantine churches with beautiful frescoes, or ancient Roman ruins, you’ll love it here.
Any ladies looking to pick up a trendy accessory item should head for Oh La La (87 Tsimiski, tel: 2310 256 327), which sells everything from hats and shoes to belts, purses and attractive but inexpensive jewellery.
The first 10 days of November see the highly prestigious Thessaloniki International Film Festival take over the screens of many of the city's cinemas, when cutting-edge works by directors from all over the world are shown. filmfestival.gr
The city's main thoroughfare, Egnatias, offers an enticing mixture of chic shops, beautiful Byzantine churches and ancient Roman remains.
As long as you are male and get a permit (sithoniagreece.com/how-to-visit-mount-athos), you can really escape from the modern world by visiting timeless holy Mount Athos in nearby Halkidiki. Meanwhile, ladies can sun themselves in adjacent Sithonia or take a boat tour of the coastline.