Listen to about factors to do in Thessaloniki, Greece, as the Newbie Traveler talks to Carol from Ambrosia Vacation about the town that was for generations the major town in Greece and is however Greece’s second-most significant city.
Carol says, “Thessaloniki is incredible. It’s interesting. It’s a metropolis whole of historical past. It’s a attractive town, fantastic foods, amazing areas to take a look at about Thessaloniki. I may possibly like it a lot more than Athens since Athens is chaotic whilst Thessaloniki is a great deal a lot more walkable, a massive city with a smaller-city really feel.”
Carol suggests we require a minimal of 3 days in the city in advance of exploring more afield. She begins us together the waterfront as we stroll from Aristotelous Square to the White Tower of Thessaloniki. Like much of the town, the White Tower comes from the Byzantine interval, when the city was the second most significant metropolis in the Byzantine Empire. During the time of Ottoman rule, the White Tower became a infamous jail.
The metropolis goes again to 315 BC, just 8 years immediately after the loss of life of Alexander the Great, and was named for his 50 %-sister. It was a main city in Roman occasions and is featured in 2 of the letters of the Apostle Paul (I & II Thessalonians). From Roman situations, you can see the continues to be of a victory arch, a hippodrome, and a forum.
The higher city is loaded with Byzantine churches. The Walls of Thessaloniki, the churches, monasteries, and Byzantine baths are all aspect of a UNESCO World Heritage web page. Carol suggests if you see only 1 region of the town, it really should be the higher town. She specifically recommends the churches of Saint Nikolaos the Orphan and of Saint Demetrius, who is the city’s patron saint. Demetrius was martyred in the town in 306 Advertisement. She also suggests the monasteries of Vlatadon and Latomou.
Some of the very best sights of the town are from the Trigonio (Triangle) tower.
There are some attention-grabbing museums in Thessaloniki, such as the birthplace of Attaturk, the Jewish Museum, the Byzantine museum, and the archeological museum.
From the time of Ottoman rule, you can visit the Pasha’s Gardens and the Bey Hamam. You can also nonetheless see the Ottoman impact in the food stuff of the region. There are a range of modest eating places that have menus based about possibly the consume Tsipouro or the drink Ouzo. Carol endorses a plate of Mousaka or Hunkar Begendi as very well as a take a look at to the vibrant town markets.
For aspect outings, Carol endorses Mt Olympus, which is not that considerably absent, or a pay a visit to to one particular of the 3 legs of the Chalkidiki Peninsula. Below you can locate busy beach front resorts, silent seaside cities, or even Historic Mt Athos, which you will have to be a guy to pay a visit to. Check out the ruins of Roman Philippi or the wine location of Naoussa.
Thessaloniki may possibly be the Greek Town that has not been on your itinerary but need to be.
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