The latest print issue of Greece Is magazine – Greece Is Thessaloniki 2022 Edition – will be available together with the The New York Times International Edition – Kathimerini English Edition this weekend (27-28/11), everywhere international press is sold throughout Greece. In addition, the issue will also soon be available in downloadable form on our website, and hard copies can already be ordered from anywhere in the world through our e-shop.
2021 was another difficult year. Nevertheless, something almost metaphysical was happening in the capital of Macedonia, as if there is some invisible force which, against all adversity, is propelling the city into the future.
Not that it’s not a great destination already. There’s nothing missing from Thessaloniki. It has 15 World Heritage sites dating from early Christian times to the late Byzantine period, an incredible seafront, and it’s compact and easy to get around (as you’ll discover in our walking guide, The City in Five Walks, on page 38). The pace of life seems just right here; the city has the youthful energy that comes from a large student population, as well as a scientific community, thanks to the Aristotle University, which we discover on page 94. There’s also an abundance of creative drive, which you’ll get a taste of in our latest city report, and in the cultural calendar on page 30.
In this 143-page magazine, you’ll discover all of this and more. Venturing out of the city, we take a road trip through the “Xinomavro zone” – Greece’s most rapidly developing wine region; we join a walking tour around Mount Athos; introduce you to ancient Aigai and the new museum at Vergina, slated to bring a groundbreaking digital focus on Alexander the Great; and climb the three highest peaks of Mount Olympus in just one day. We also discover the historic Exoches area, impressive surviving structures of which are home to important cultural institutions and charming cafés, and in our sound guide to Thessaloniki, you’ll read about the glorious past and superb present of the city’s musical scene. With the help of our foodie guide, you’ll find out what recently prompted UNESCO to make Thessaloniki the United Nations’ global network of Creative Cities of Gastronomy.