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Thessaloniki: Culture, Good Food and Shopping

Sep 24, 2019

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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.

Thessaloniki boasts 23 centuries of fascinating history evident in the monuments and architecture, a history that deeply influenced the local cuisine as well. While in Thessaloniki, it is worth going to Halkidiki. Shaped like Poseidon’s trident, Halkidiki’s prongs jut out into the Aegean Sea. Lush green forests extend all the way to the beachfront, where reflections of golden sunlight add sparkling hues to turquoise waters. Long stretches of beautiful ever-changing shoreline, unique archaeological sites, world-renowned Christian monuments, lesser-known natural wonders and man-made masterpieces all helped shape the region’s diverse identity, made even more interesting by the rich local culinary and cultural heritage.

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