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Not only is Greece’s second largest city one of Europe’s oldest but historically also one of the most ethnically diverse due to its more prominent Eastern influences in its food and lifestyle. With influences from the Greeks, Roman, Ottomon and Byzantine empires, Thessalonki city is overflowing with a wealth of interesting history and architecture making it a perfect destination for a cultural escape.

To discover more about this impressive city, it is worth visiting its most recognisable symbol, the White Tower which sits on the seafront and therefore gives amazing views over the city. Once inside you can unearth more about the eventful past of this building, previously named the Tower of Blood as well as different civilisations and events which have shaped this city. As you further explore the city, you will see an abundance of ancient monuments and exceptional museums in every direction and it becomes clear to see why many call this city Greece’s cultural capital.

Known for having a great quality and range of Greek cuisine in the city, it is not difficult to find an amazing restaurant or Ouzery to sample some of its best, not matter if you’re looking for a quaint and traditional or a more upmarket, modern choice. The picturesque Ladadike district is a favourite among locals and tourists alike for both food and entertainment. Just a short walk along by the sea, are a number of the main squares a buzz with a further selection of great restaurants or join the many locals taking a coffee break along the water front.

But for those more active visitors an absolute must is to climb Mount Olympus. With frequent trains to the base village of Litohoro and bus tours from the city, hikers can adventure the Home of the God with a number of routes and trails for all abilities.

Fly directly from Edinburgh to Thessaloniki on the NEW service weekly from Tuesday 30th May 2017.

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