Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and capital of the region of Central Macedonia, in the northeast of the country. Founded over 2,000 years ago, this city's history gives it an incredible cultural heritage, and a wide variety of sights and monuments, from different cultures, such as the Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The city's main attraction point is, without doubt, the large number of early-Middle Ages churches spread within the city borders: these have, in fact, been inscribed as UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Sites some 25 years ago. The most important ones are the St Sophia and St Demetrios churches, but you shouldn't miss the other 13 monuments that make up with World Heritage Site. The Byzantine walls are a sight not be missed, as is the White Tower (symbol of the city), which is the last remaining from these 500-year old fortifications. The city's airport is among the busiest in the country, and has many domestic and international routes operating from it, connecting the city to destinations such as Heraklion, Athens, Frankfurt, Moscow, London, Istanbul and Rome. If you're searching for a cheap flight (from London or anywhere else), use our online comparison tool to buy the flight option that suits you best.
Once you land, you can make your way into the city centre by bus or by taxi. Depending on the chosen option, it will take you 30 to 50 minutes to reach your final destination. Though there are no tourist card options available, you can find plenty of information on how to plan your trip online (an example is the Greek official tourism board's website dedicated to the city, http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/thessaloniki). On top of the aforementioned monuments, you can visit the hamams (Turkish bathhouses), the ancient forum - dating back to the 3-4th century A.D. - and the byzantine bathhouse from the 13th century. Discover the city by strolling about the Old City and the historical district of Ladadika, shop in the traditional markets and walk through the Aristotelous Square, the central, focal point of the city. Near Thessaloniki you can discover the nature in Greece in Kalohori and the delta of the Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonac Rivers, which is home to almost 300 bird species and 500 plant species. Alternatively, you can take a flight to the more culturally-significant cities of Athens and Heraklion (in Crete).