The cosmopolitan city of Thessaloniki (520 km. north of Athens) is the second largest city of Greece and capital of the Macedonia region. A bustling metropolis by the sea (this modern metropolis  bears all the scars of a stormy past that make this city so fascinating today. 

The shopping along Tsimiski can rival any major city with a plethora of small boutiques, a walk along the lovely promenade from the old docks, now superbly restored into a melange of taverns and bars, to the historic white tower is a must to discover the city's rich cafe culture. 

The real magnificence of Thessaloniki however comes from its historical significance in both classic and modern day history, from the Byzantine era, with it's array of monuments including the famed walls of the upper city and the bathhouses to the modern day history of WWII and the legacy left by the large Jewish community and their subsequent murder at the hands of the Nazis. 

The city has many facets, among them the superb cuisine, the friendliness of the locals and the reasonable prices in comparison to many other cities around Greece. Thessaloniki really is a feast for the eyes and a few days here will surely leave you wanting to come back for more.