of Greece, with its thousand-year history, the bride
of the north, the much sung about Thessaloniki,
capital of central Makedonia, and also the named
prefecture, is a large city, which has lost nothing
of its eternal radiance, no matter how much the
contemporary period tries to claim it.
"Mother of the People", "First Lady", "Lady of the
Mediterranean", and many other titles rightly belong
to her. For 2300 years the Thermaiko Bay has "washed
her feet", and the White Tower is her welcome
ambassador. The large port has existed from
antiquity up to the present day. Thessaloniki is a
centre of culture and Greek art and also for
entertainment and recreation. Cultural events,
festivals, museums and art galleries, cinemas and
theatres, all help to earn it the title of the
Cultural Capital of Europe and define Thessaloniki
as a cultural kernel of Greece.
In September the International Exhibition, HELEXPO
takes place, which first began in 1926, the
co-capital showing again its great capabilities as a
commercial and cultural center.
Simply walking through Thessaloniki will give you a
grasp of why it is known as a center of
entertainment. Traditional tavernas, with their
famous makedonian cuisine; grilled "kapamas" with
cous-cous, the mezes of "merakli" with boars head,
makedonian fricassee, "tsoubeleki" and the excellent
"youvetsi" of the north, are a few of the many
specialties which the "bride of the Thermaiko"
offers to all food lovers. At Panorama, the view of
the town will charm you, and whilst there you should
try the famous sweet, "Panoramatos". There are many
shopping areas in the town, such as the Karasso
Arcade, Bezesteni, Modiano, Bakirtzidika, where you
should buy any brassware, and where you will spend
many of your morning hours.
You should dedicate one night to the famous Mylo,
and if you are really lucky, you will get the chance
to enjoy a concert with well-known names in the
Greek and international music world. At the famous
Ladadika, the entertainment moves to a Greek rhythm.
Near the airport, the casino calls to those who wish
for excitement while the telecommunication tower
offers a circular "birds eye view" of the town.
Romantics may wonder at the unrepeatable sunset on
the beach of Thessalonki or visit the forest of
Kedrinou Hill, with its zoological gardens.
Every summer the beautiful beaches of Thermaikos and
its bay of Cassandra make their presence felt. The
area, with its austere beauty, attracts thousands of
visitors from Greece and abroad. For lovers of fun
and sport Thessaloniki has high record. The
well-known Palais de Sport as well as the numerous
playing fields and swimming pools provide ultra
modern athletic facilities. Water sports are
extremely well organized while there is plenty of
horse riding clubs for horse riding lovers. As for
winter skiing, several slopes await the fanatics,
all within close range.
You must visit Thessaloniki, whether it is by plane
or ship, train or bus or any other means of
transport. All those who have visited know that one
falls in love in this town.
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