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description

An area that combines everything, with Thessaloniki being the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area.  Built by the sea (along the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern metropolis which bears the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character giving it a special beauty and charm.

It boasts protected wetlands such as the delta of Axios river, the Macedonian Tembi of Rendina, beautiful seaside settlements, lakes Volvi and Agios Vasilios, picturesque traditional mountainous settlements, the historical Hortiatis and Vertiskos and a rich culinary tradition.

Visit the White Tower, Galerius Arch, Rotonda, the ancient agora, the castles which are still in great condition and dozens of Byzantine churches.  Also visit Aristotelous and Agia Sofia streets which were designed by the famous architect Ernest Hebrard, Thessaloniki promenade which stretches from the port to Aretsou, the historical open and indoor markets in Kapani, Modiano, Bit Pazar, Bezesteni, the museums, the worldwide famous Kostaki Collection exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Moni Lazariston.

Make sure you take an evening stroll in the boisterous city centre around Valaoritou, Sygrou and Ptolemeon

what to buy
  • Cheese and cured meats from the whole area at the local markets
  • Mauroudas sarakatsaniko cheese
  • Goat's cheese and Peristeras katiki (type of cheese)
  • Dorkadas yoghurt
  • Wine
  • Tsipouro (drink made from distilled grape marc)
  • Honey
  • Thessaloniki koulouri (type of pretzel with sesame seeds)
  • Tsoureki (type of sweet bread)
  • Trigona panoramatos (type of sweet with filo pastry stuffed with crème patisserie and syrup)
  • Sweets with syrup
  • Loukoumia and loukoumades
  • Herbs and spices
  • Trahanas (type of homemade pasta), marmelades and spoon sweets from the women's associations
what to see

In the town of Thessaloniki:

  • The White Tower
  • Galerius Arch (Kamara)
  • Rotonda
  • Ancient Agora (market place)
  • The Castles and Upper Town (Ano Poli)
  • The byzantine churches: Agios Dimitrios, Acheiropoiitos, Agia Sofia, Moni Vlatadon
  • Aristotelous square, Agia Sofia Avenue, Navarinou square, the promenade, the open markets and historical indoor markets Kapani, Modiano, Bit Pazar, Bezesteni and the streets around Valaoritou and Fragon
  • Archaeological museum
  • Byznatine Civilisation museum
  • Kostakis Collection at the National Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

In the area:

  • Macedonian Tembi of Redina
  • Nimfopetra
  • Vertiskos forest with its rare vegetation and ‘neromanes' – water sources
  • The beautiful traditional villages: Vertiskos, Petrokerasa, Ossa, Arethousa, Adam, Livadi, Peristera, Xortiatis
  • The seaside settlements and beaches: Stavros, Olympiada, Nomos, Pereas, Nea Mixaniona, Epanomi
  • Lagadas thermal springs
what to taste

Thessaloniki is considered the culinary capital of Greece.  Its well-known products are: koulouri thessalonikis (type of pretzel with sesame seeds), tsoureki (type of sweet bread), trigona Panoramatos ((type of sweet with filo pastry stuffed with crème patisserie and syrup), shellfish, fresh fish and seafood, sweets such as kazan dipi, baklava, spoon sweets, loukoumia, loukoumades (fried dough with honey), rice produced in west Thessaloniki, Vertiskos quail, exquisite wine (Vertiskos and Epanomi area), tsipouro (drink made from distilled grape marc), Vertiskos beans, herbs and spices, Skepastos, Sohos and Peristeras walnuts, Livadi chestnuts, Vertiskos forest fruits, Ossa cherries, honey, Melissochori isli (sweet with nuts, cinnamon and honey), Soho and Adam aromatic sausages, lake fish (liparia and perka), Krithia manti (type of stuffed pasta), Agios Antonios and Kalamotos perek (type of pie), traditional pasta (cous cous, makarinia, ivristo, trahanas), Peristeras and Dorkada katiki (type of soft cheese), Mavroudas cheese and the famous Dorkados yoghurt (try the orange flavor).

Local dishes include: traditional Thessaloniki patsas (soup made of pork innards), mussels saganaki (mussels sautéed with ouzo, feta and tomato), shrimps in red sauce, chili peppers, rabbit stifado (cooked with shallots), bougatsa (rich filo pastry filled with cheese, meat, or sweet custard), imam baildi (aubergines stuffed with vegetables), papoutsakia (aubergines stuffed with minced meat, topped with béchamel sauce), pork with aubergines in Petrokerasa, Lagadas tsironopita (lake fish pie), kapamas, sourvas, stuffed fish and pasa kefte in Soho, Agios Antonios cabbage with beans, Krioneri meat with quince,  ivristo, atzem pilaf and artichokes ala polita.


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