The city of Thessaloniki is set on the coast, and the centre of town is a marina (rather than a beach), which means there is a lovely boardwalk to wander along in the sunshine, eating ice cream or delicious Greek pastries.
The city is an old walled city, but most of the remnants of the walls have disappeared. Sadly, a lot of the history of the city seems to be ignored, or locked up. There are various churches built 2000 years ago which are locked to visitors. There are archaeological sites that are completely unprotected – with graffiti on ancient ruins.
We really enjoyed wandering around the edges of the city, coming across the remnants of ancient Greece, but I wish that there was more money in Greece to take care of the ‘old stuff’.
We did exert ourselves somewhat to make our way up the White Tower – like the Round Tower in Copenhagen, the White Tower is an internal ramp, rather than stairs. At the top the view over sunny Thessaloniki was lovely.
The city is full of delicious food. In addition to the Greek pastries, we ate cheeses, olives, fish and salads.
There were so many tempting things to try, that it became difficult to find enough to see and do in between each meal or snack (I know, a terrible problem to have). Probably the most delicious meal was our final dinner, where I had a delicious pasta with fresh tuna.
Thessaloniki is a lovely city, pretty perfect for a weekend, or a couple of days, where you want to do a little sight seeing, and eat a lot of delicious food.