Thessalonika Holidays

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Discover the delights of a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday in Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, with The Co-operative Travel.

With a bustling population of some 300,000 people, Thessaloniki in Greece is a lively tourist hotspot, full of interesting things to see and do. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing of Greece's major destinations, but it certainly serves up a lively, fulfilling and interesting alternative to the traditional holiday in Athens.

Thessaloniki is an introspective city that simultaneously explores both its cultural roots and its new reputation as a vibrant, youthful place to go on holiday. After some major re-development from the 1950's and onwards, Thessaloniki has begun to develop its own sense of style, its own personality - so much so that it was awarded European Capital of Culture in 1997.

In terms of entertainment you are never short of things to see or do in Thessaloniki. Its unique take on what's constitutes a modern city in a country renowned for its input into the scriptures of world culture is truly fascinating.

Renowned for its vast number of museums, archaeological sites and churches, Thessaloniki can also cater ably to the traveler looking to indulge in a bit of sightseeing or explore the culture of a city that is regarded by many as culturally superior to Athens. In particular, the city's archaeological museum has, in recent years, become a very popular attraction.

With a rich musical tradition Thessaloniki's nightlife is something to behold, and can be explored in many of the city's taverns, 'ouzeries' and bouzouki halls. Many of these are family-run, along with the basement pastry shops which produce a variety of Macedonian specialities.

The local cuisine is considered somewhat more spicy than most traditional Greek fayre, while inveterate shoppers will be able to get their 'fix' along virtually every side street, where there are Greek specialities galore waiting to be unearthed.

Those in search of a beach holiday are not forgotten either; with many beaches spread sporadically around the city it's never been easier to top up your sun tan and enjoy some downtime lounging on a sunbed.

Getting around is easy to do with the city's Metro system serving the majority of the major tourist attractions and popular streets. With its reputation as the economic hub of The Balkans, hotels and accommodation in Thessaloniki are easy to source, and cater to all budgets large or small.

So discover Thessaloniki with a special late deal from The Co-operative Travel, a city which hasn't so much moved with the times as defined them.

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