Travel Guide to Thessaloniki – sunshine, long walks and lively places
Hey there, lovelies! Today I am going to share with you my travel guide to Thessaloniki. My three definitions about this place are sunshine, long walks, and lively places. No to mention, this lovely place has a special place in my heart.
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I remember the first time when I went there, I saw a different world. Thessaloniki was actually the first place abroad I visited. I also got together with the love of my life there. So many great things happened to me there that’s why I have a special bond with this place.
Thessaloniki is the place where the sunshine shines brightly when here in Bulgaria is a winter. There are so many gorgeous lively places where you can enjoy a coffee or lunch but we are going to talk more about that later. This city is made for long walks with a chatty friend. Sounds like a romantic movie and it definitely looks like that.
Now let’s talk more about this magnificent place!
Thessaloniki is a majestic port city on the Aegean Sea. It is the second largest city in Greece. It was established in 316 B. C. by Kassandros and named after his wife Thessaloniki. She was the half-sister of Alexander the Great.
In 1913 Thessaloniki became part of the modern state of Greece. It burned in 1917. It was rebuilt in 1920 and today it is one of the modern and lively cities. The city has its own pace and movement. It should be seen and felt.
Imagine yourself taking a long walk to their street by the sea with a person you love. The sea is whispering with its waves. There’s nice music coming from the other side of the street where there are many nice restaurants and places to enjoy every part of the day. It’s absolutely magical. The spirit of this city is unique!
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All of our trips to Thessaloniki were short – for a day or two. And there are so many places you have to visit there. If you have three or more days and you wonder where you should go I strongly recommend Thessaloniki. You will be surprised at how much this place can offer.
The first place you should visit is the White Tower. It is a spectacular place. And it is definitely a must to see. The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument on the waterfront of the gorgeous city. The tower has a rich history. It is a symbol of Thessaloniki. It is interesting that the tower was used by the Ottomans for a fortress and a prison. Because of the countless victims, executions and tortures there this tower was known as the “Tower of Blood” or the “Red Tower”. In 1912 during the First Balkan War, the tower was painted in white in a gesture of cleansing. The name “White Tower” was given in 1913 by King George of Greece.
You should also visit the great Aristotelous Square. It is located on Nikis Avenue at the city center. There are twelve buildings that make the square. They are part of the Hellenic Republic since the 1950s.
There are 30 museums throughout the whole city that should be seen. They are filled with history. We didn’t have enough time for them but I strongly recommend if you have more time to visit some of them because they are a huge part of Thessaloniki’s history.
Most travelers regard to Thessaloniki as a really charming and laidback city. There’s much more than the refreshing sea breeze and the long walks.
Another thing to see is the Rotunda. This is the oldest monument of Thessaloniki. It is a massive round building and it was first a Roman mausoleum. Later in time, it was a Christian church, then a mosque. The interior is decorated with mosaics. The Rotunda was built from the Roman emperor Galerius. This remarkable building survived earthquakes and empires.
It is also interesting to know that the whole Thessaloniki is a part of the UNESCO. This is because it is listed as an Open Museum of Early Christian and Byzantine Art.
One of the only areas that weren’t destroyed by the fire in 1917 was Ano Poli. It is on the highest point of the city and you can actually enjoy a gorgeous view from above.
Whatever I am going to say it is going to be nothing compared to the beauty of Thessaloniki.
I love taking long walks from the port to the White tower and even beyond that. After the long walk, you can sit and drink a coffee. Most of the places there offer brunch. Not to mention, there are so many restaurants where you can enjoy the traditional Greek kitchen. Most of the nice places on the front sea street also offer a gorgeous view to the sea during the day and to the port with all its gorgeous lights during the night.
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It is a magical place, you are going to fall in love with.
If you want to learn more about Thessaloniki here’s a great book that gathers a collection of 50 tips about visiting Thessaloniki.
I also wrote a travel guide to one of my most favorite places in Greece – The Pearl of Chalkidiki Afytos. It is small but a charming place to visit, especially during the summer season.
I would love to hear which is your favorite place in Greece, so share below in the comments!