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The welcoming embrace of Thessaloniki

07 September 2013 / 14:09:30  GRReporter
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The Arch of Galerius is located on Egnatia Street near the Rotunda. This is the most famous meeting place for residents and visitors of the city. It was built in the era of the Roman "Tetrarch" at the beginning of the 4th century.

The nightlife and Thessaloniki's delicious meals

For whatever reason you may visit Thessaloniki, you will miss a lot if you don’t get to know the famous night life there, as well as the famous cuisine of the city.

Have a glass of ouzo and try meals at restaurants in the Upper Town, take a walk in the students’ area in the upper part of Olimpou Street, where there are numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs, or just enjoy a live entertainment programme at the bars in Ladadika. Be sure to sip a coffee in the pedestrian zone in the centre Zevksidos, too.

In Thessaloniki, you can eat well and it is not expensive. Try some delicious souvlakia (skewers), sausages from Smyrna, and of course, bougatsa (a pastry which is similar to a pie of puff pastry) with cheese for dessert. Try the most delicious cakes in Greece, such as the triangular pastries of Panorama.

Thessaloniki International Fair

The International Fair ( is the most important trade show in the Balkans. It was founded in 1925 and was first organized in 1926. It is held every September (this year between 7 and 15 September) and attended by a large number of exhibitors from many countries. In parallel, numerous events are also organized. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to deliver a speech on the state of the economy at the opening of the fair.

In the area of the fair you can find the Tower of the state telecommunications company OTE, with a height of 76 m, which was built in 1970 and was used as OTE's Chamber at the Fair for many years. It was renovated in 2005 and is now used by the mobile phone company Cosmote, plus it has a revolving restaurant on top.

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