Greece is everyone's favorite location with its islands and sand beaches. Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece, is the country's hidden gem on the coast of the Aegean Sea (tThe Aegean Sea is a part of the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Turkey).
It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and it has very well-preserved buildings to prove it. You will fall in love with everything in this city – its warm weather, delicious food, hospitable local people and ancient Greek history.
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White Tower is the symbol of Thessaloniki, found on nearly all souvenirs. It was built where an old Byzantine fortification once stood, and it now represents a central structure on Thessaloniki's charming 12 km-long waterfront.
It serves a museum and is open for tourists, who can enjoy a stunning view of the waterfront and the bay in front of it from the tower's roof. The museum offers a comprehensive timeline of the important events that happened in the past 2,000 years, so it is a perfect starting point for those who are interested in Thessaloniki's history.
The Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda are early 4th-century monuments standing next to each other at a place known as Kamara.
Considering how old they are, these Roman-era monuments are incredibly well-preserved. The arch once symbolized the power of the Roman emperor, while the Rotunda has had many different uses throughout the history, having served as a temple, a Christian basilica, and an Ottoman mosque.
Today, Rotunda is an archaeological site and a museum. In addition to being of great historical value, these structures are also famous for being a favorite meeting spot of the students living in Thessaloniki.
Not far from Kamara, Aristotelous Square, the biggest square in the city, is located. This square, named after Greek philosopher Aristotle, lies in the heart of the city, stretching from the shopping avenue of Egnatia all the way to the waterfront.
It is surrounded by twelve buildings of the Hellenic Republic. The square is frequently used for cultural events, such as the annual Christmas celebration, which gathers people from all over the country.
It is a place where you can shop, eat at some of the most expensive restaurants in the city, go to a theater, or simply sit on a bench and feed pigeons.
In Thessaloniki, street food is not only very popular, but also incredibly affordable. If you're a meat lover, you should definitely try gyros, a pita bread with chicken or pork, salad and French fries, guaranteed to keep your belly full.
If you have a sweet tooth, simply walk into any of the patisseries you see in the city center – they all make equally delicious pastries!
One of the locals' favorites is definitely tsoureki, a sweet, egg-enriched bread, sometimes covered in chocolate. Tsoureki is traditionally eaten for Easter, but tourists can buy it all year round.
Being in a country which has access to three different seas, Thessaloniki is a perfect place to enjoy some sea food. Go to a local restaurant, and try gemista kalamarakia (stuffed squid), or mydopilafo, Thessaloniki's classic rice with mussels. This great experience is made even better by the free dessert you will get in the end!
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