the city’s seaside walkway
Thessaloniki is a densely populated city, with tall buildings and narrow streets that often prevent natural light from shining through, but it is also blessed with an expansive coastline. From the revamped port and the restored historic dock at the start of Nikis Avenue to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall’s M2 building, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, there is a promenade stretching six kilometers along the urban shore.
Thessaloniki’s fun seekers gather in the Ladadika district when they’re looking for a great night out. Bars, restaurants, tavernas and clubs fill up quickly in this historic district, once a commercial hub. Walking along the cobbled streets, with the buzz of the crowds and the glare of bright signs, you can’t help feeling a sense of nostalgia for bygone times. It’s the same kind of feeling that creeps in during winter, making you pine for lazy summer nights at open-air cinemas like the Nataly.
A LITTLE ROMANCE
Be it summer or winter, residents and visitors alike enjoy exploring Warehouse A, home to the Museum of Photography and Experimental Art Center, posing for pictures with George Zongolopoulos’ famous “Umbrellas” sculpture, watching the sun set with Mt Olympus in the background, and discovering romance under the moon-lit sky. When the lights come on in the evening, the city looks like something from a film.