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Greece’s second city is every bit as vibrant as Athens, and though it may not have as many museums and monuments, it does have the great advantage of a waterfront location. It still has plenty to offer the visitor, including one of the best archaeological museums outside the capital, a large number of Byzantine and Roman remains, an impressive cathedral and many other fascinating churches, and several other museums including the Photography Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Civilization, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The city was founded in 315 BC and in the years since it has been a melting pot of many different influences, from east ...

Greece’s second city is every bit as vibrant as Athens, and though it may not have as many museums and monuments, it does have the great advantage of a waterfront location. It still has plenty to offer the visitor, including one of the best archaeological museums outside the capital, a large number of Byzantine and Roman remains, an impressive cathedral and many other fascinating churches, and several other museums including the Photography Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Civilization, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The city was founded in 315 BC and in the years since it has been a melting pot of many different influences, from east and west, which are obvious wherever you go. It was also the birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, whose birth site is now also a small museum. You can wander into the back streets of the Upper Town too, and when sightseeing is done, head for one of the waterfront tavernas to enjoy either the best traditional or the finest contemporary Greek cuisine. Thessaloníki truly does have everything you would want in a city visit.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Greece's second largest city is situated on the Thermaic Gulf in north eastern Greece.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Thessaloníki is a good all-year-round destination, but summer is the best time of all.