Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and it is a major transportation hub for Greece, notably through its port. The city is the meeting point of the Eastern and Western culture since ages that still keeps its marks in the architecture and gastronomy.
The Greek city is a popular destination, but not because of its beaches, its promenade gets crowded only in the late hours as well. But if you would like to get more information about Thessaloniki, discover its beautiful old town, visit the Turkish bazaars and the shopping street, which was named after Aristoteles, or try the delicious baked lamb for dinner in a tavern. Its Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritages.
More than 70 lines serve Thessaloniki from the tourist attractions to suburban areas. From the airport, bus 78 takes you to the city center. If you buy your ticket from the kiosk at the airport, you also receive a free transport map. Buses are also equipped with ticketing machines, however, these not always give change.
At the airport, around hotels and tourist attractions, it's easy to find a cab. Before getting in, agree with the driver on the destination and the approximate price. After getting in, ensure that the taximeter is turned on!
Traffic in Thessaloniki may seem chaotic sometimes. Traffic jams are very usual, not to mention that it's very difficult to find a parking lot, even in the outskirt of the city!
In the old town of Thessaloniki, you can find the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first President of the Republic of Turkey. He spent his childhood here when the city was under Turkish occupation. Today, not only the Turkish consulate is located there, but also a museum with relics from Atatürk.
The fort on the hill over the Old Town is called Eptapyrgion (meaning castle with seven towers), despite it has ten of it. As the style of this building was based on the Yedikule Fortress in Istambul (also meaning seven-towered fortress), Greeks also named their fort like this.
A few years ago, the building of the metro in Thessaloniki began. During the construction, plenty of golden crownings were found. As a result of the construction works, they found a cemetery from the Roman-Byzantine era and a 2300-year old complete road covered with marble.
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