Acropolis#1 in Best Things To Do in Thessaloniki
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From the Acropolis, with Mount Olympus in sight, you'll know that you are in the presence of greatness. This is the perfect spot for you to take in Thessaloniki and its stunning horizon. But the perspective is only half the allure. The 2,000-year-old Acropolis originally built by Cassander, a former King of Macedonia, still presides over the urban skyline. Although the ancient sea-front walls have been razed, this elevated section has survived. Your visit will probably focus on the Trigoniou Tower; the rest are just sections of still-standing walls. The real highlight, however, is the view. One TripAdvisor user comments, "This is very beautiful and worth seeing -- especially nice in the evening!"
You can photograph and walk around the ruins for free. The Acropolis is farther inland than downtown Thessaloniki. From the shore, you'll have to pass through the charming Ano Poli neighborhood.
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#2 Ano Poli (Upper Town)
Miraculously missed by the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917, Ano Poli (or Upper Town) is the historical portion of the original city. Lonely Planet describes the area as "an enchanting neighborhood of pretty traditional houses set on winding, peaceful alleyways." One Virtual Tourist user suggests, "Walk around, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to visit, and enjoy the view of the Thermaikos gulf and the sunset from this spot." As mentioned, the lookout points are fantastic; on a clear day you can see Mount Olympus.
The cuisine is equally fantastic. Frommer's reports: "The long traditions of Macedonian cuisine are infused with zesty flavors of the Pontus (the area around the Black Sea where most of the city's refugees had lived). And, there's another reason that the food here is so good: The restaurants cater to local customers; none of them make their living off tourists." So, indulge in a delicious meal and watch the sunset with a glass of ouzo in your hand.
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