Luxury holidays in Thessaloniki
Cradling the crook of an Aegean bay, Thessaloniki is a beguiling port city with a stormy past and a vibrant, cosmopolitan present. The city’s gulf-front location made it an enticing conquest for the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, but today, Thessaloniki is best known for its life-affirming juxtaposition of old and new. Time-worn churches and synagogues rub shoulders with buzzy restaurants and brunch spots, and the city’s two universities – one named after Aristotle – attract a steady stream of youthful energy.
When to go
Spring and autumn are attractive prospects, when the weather is warm and the crowds manageable.
PlanesTouch down at Thessaloniki Airport, which can be reached directly from London Gatwick. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from the airport to a hotel in the city centre.
TrainsTrains run between Athens and Thessaloniki, passing through Larissa and Meteora along the way.
AutomobilesHaving your own car isn't really necessary – you can reach all the key sights by bike, bus or taxi.