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Thessaloniki or Salonica is Greece's second-largest city and its urban area extends around the Thermaic Gulf for approximately 17 km and comprises 16 municipalities. The municipality has a population of 1,057,825.

Thessaloniki is a busy, vibrant city and Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and cultural centre, as well as a major transportation hub for southeastern Europe. Its commercial port is of a great importance for Greece and its southeast European hinterland, while the city's two state universities are host to the largest student population in Greece. As a cultural centre, it is renowned for its large number of Byzantine architectural monuments, as well as remaining Ottoman, and Jewish structures. The nightlife in Thessaloniki is exceptional, with great bars and clubs. The restaurants and ouzeries are among the best in Greece.

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The city was rebuilt in the 1920s and today Thessaloniki is a lively modern city bustling with life and movement. Large avenues, parks and squares, lines of trees that frame commercial streets with showy shop windows. Old houses, neoclassical buildings, stand side by side with modern dwellings which makes a walk through any section of the city an interesting journey. The past and present merge at old taverns, "ouzeries", restaurants next to hotels and luxury bars, cinema halls, theaters and sidewalk cafes on street pavements and squares. Small family run taverns and basement pastry shops offer a delicious variety of famous Greek specialties.

Kassandra is the most western peninsula of Halkidiki's trident. It is one of the most famous places in Halkidiki with a particular development towards tourism, displaying a lot concerning the cultural and tourist field.

Its climate includes hot Mediterranean summers and cool to mild winters in low lying areas and its plains. Winter is very common in areas 500 m above sea level and into the mountains.


Halkidiki is a peninsula, southeast of the city of Thessaloniki. With its characteristic three peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonia, Athos), it resembles a trident piercing the Aegean. Sunny, golden sandy beaches, deep and picturesque gulfs, traditional villages and modern tourist resorts, small islands and sheltered bays, pine-clad hills descending to the sea, Mediterranean climate and magnificent natural beauty compose the picture of today's Halkidiki. The capital of Halkidiki is Poligiros, located in the center of Halkidiki (69 km from Thessaloniki). Transportation is made mainly by car or by bus and the closest airport is "Airport Macedonia", near the city of Thessaloniki.

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No matter where you go, Halkidiki cannot fail to please you. The tourist facilities developed are in keeping with the natural surroundings, with most of the hotels and private homes in the area built in the traditional Macedonian style, designed to enhance rather then detract from the environment. In planning for tourism, the people of Halkidiki have tried to make their resorts as appealing and as ecologically sound as possible.

Kassandra is the most western peninsula of Halkidiki's trident. It is one of the most famous places in Halkidiki with a particular development towards tourism, displaying a lot concerning the cultural and tourist field.

It is a heavenly and peaceful place, with immense sandy beaches and pine-clad locations that reach the aquamarine sea. The beautiful locations seem as if no one has ever stepped on their pure ground, with the dense vegetation and the clear waters heading for a glorious unification.


Densely forested and remarkably green, even in the summer, the Pelion peninsula juts south-east into the Aegean Sea, some 200 miles north of Athens. Shaped roughly like a fish hook, it encloses the Pagasitic Gulf on its inside curve and the outer coastline opens onto the Aegean. There are two distinct landscapes. The Gulf side has long, mainly shingle beaches, half hidden at the ends of olive-clad valleys - with tiny villages scattered along the edge of the beach. Here, the sea is flat, calm and very warm. As the water is often shallow for some distance from the beach, it is ideal for children. For much of the summer, and particularly during August, the Meltemi blows from the east, making ideal conditions for windsurfing and sailing.

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The northern end of the peninsula is made up of Mount Pelion itself, a massive hunched mountain of just over 5,400 feet. Its rounded contours are softened by forests of oak and chestnut which cover its upper slopes, while the olive groves sweep down to the sea, the shimmering silver-green of Athena's tree set off by the pure, brilliant hues of poplar and plane. Standing out in contrast are the outcrops of slate-coloured limestone, and the occasional houses, either old, grey and perfectly at one with the landscape, or dazzling white in their newness. Above all, the Pelion peninsula has a lushness which is markedly different from the arid landscape typical of much of Greece. But Pelion is not an entirely new discovery. In antiquity it was famed as the home of the Centaurs, fabulous beasts half-horse and half-man. And trees from the mountain provided the timbers of the Argo, which carried Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece.