If you want to escape to a hot, beautiful and interesting place, consider spending your holidays in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. As a key hub for transport to the rest of Europe, it's a good place to visit on a rail tour of the continent. Alternatively, there are package holidays in Thessaloniki for those who don't have time to see the rest of Europe.
As well as the permanent sights and experiences, there are frequent festivals in the city that help to make it stand out as a cultural centre for Greece, such as the Thessaloniki International Fair in September, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival in November and the International Book Fair in March. The interesting mix of buildings and relics demonstrate the city's rich past, showing its Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman history. In addition to its cultural attributes, it is also renowned for exciting nightlife, and as it sits at the northern point of the Thermaic Gulf, the sea acts as another sight to see during your visit. The diverse nature of its attractions and the combination of archaeological sites and cosmopolitan developments means that there is something for everyone in Thessaloniki.
The city has a lot to offer, but it unfortunately does come with a slightly higher price tag than some other Greek destinations, so it's worth checking for package holiday deals before you book anything. The higher prices and stylish atmosphere of the city make it a more suitable location for couples and groups rather than families, and there are some cheaper hostels for students. The hotels in the city are as diverse as the rest of it, with some set in traditional buildings and others opting for a more contemporary, stylish character. Some are situated right in the buzzing centre of the city, while others have sea views to give an air of calm and relaxation.