Greece’s embattled second city offers up 3,000 years of turbulent history, heavyweight culture and one of Europe’s best party scenes. Thessaloniki is at once a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a major transport hub and a student town. From the Byzantine churches of the old town of Ana Poli to the city's symbolic White Tower, Thessaloniki’s former glories are evident everywhere. These include the ancient ruins of the Roman Agora, Turkish baths converted into galleries, the synagogues that are all that is left of the Sephardi Jews due to the Holocaust, churches turned to mosques and vice versa. Locals promenade along the waterfront – skating, fishing and hawking wares.
Thessaloniki’s football club PAOK FC was originally founded in Istanbul.
Get up early and visit the busy morning Modiano Market, as students spill out of the many bars, clubs and tavernas and a multicultural energy infuses the city.