3 days in Thessaloniki for senior travellers
Aristotelous Square is the ideal starting point for a first visit to the city. Take some pictures in front of the impressive Electra and Olympion buildings as you to head towards Nikis Avenue for a stroll along the waterfront. Stop at the all time classic, Achillion, to enjoy the first coffee of the day with the waters of the Thermaikos in the background. Visit the White Tower and travel back in time through its museum exhibits, which introduce you to the city's history. There are many steps leading to the top, but the view from up there is worth the climb. Afterwards, visit the Archaeological Museum, opposite the XANTH (Young Christians' Association of Thessaloniki) building and then head to the Diagonios district for a meal at Canteen, an industrial design restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. Shortly before or shortly after sunset go to the OTE Tower cafe bar on the TIF site (Thessaloniki International Fair) to wrap up the day with a glass of wine and 360-degree views of Thessaloniki from Ano Poli to Kalamaria.
Get on board the Cultural Bus Line (No. 50) for a tour of the major historical and cultural sights, the terminal of which is very close to the White Tower. The 1 hour tour will take you around attractions such as Agia Sophia, Aristotelous Square, the Old City Hall, Agios Dimitrios, Ano Poli etc. After that, head to the Museum of Byzantine Culture on Stratou Avenue, with its impressive exhibits focusing on the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period. Next, head to the Teloglion Foundation of Art, on the northern part of the university campus, which houses a collection of works by important 19th and 20th century artists. Walk along Iktinou pedestrian Street and dine in one of the restaurants located both in the main square and on the narrow paved streets in Ladadika. Fri serves delicacies from the island of Kasos, while Palace offers traditional Greek cuisine. At the end of the day visit Domatio me Thea (Room with a View), on the rooftop of the Olympion for a glass of wine, with Aristotelous Square and the Thermaikos in the background.
Walk along Nea Paralia, from the historic Makedonia Palace to the Concert Hall, and take a break to admire the theme parks in this completely renovated district. Get on board the bus heading to Kalamaria for a meal by the sea. With Aretsou Marina in the background, you can sample fresh fish at one of its famous fish taverns. Coming back to the city center start searching for the famous patisseries (you should sample Terkenlis' tsoureki (bun), Agapitos' chocolate cake, Hatzifotiou's chocolate cigars etc.). Wrap up the day at the all time classic Clochard, on Proxenou Koromila Street, accompanying your meal with one of the finest wines from its updated cellar.