The Beaches of Halkidiki

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If you're craving the water, do as the Greeks do and head to Halkidiki, the three-fingered region known for its soft sands, the best in northern Greece. The peaceful shores here are sandwiched by rugged hilly terrain and light blue water. In the summer, rooms and sand are at a premium, so camping is your best option with more than seaside places to pitch tents.

You can drive a rental car or take the KTEL Chalkidiki bus from Thessaloniki to Halkidiki. The two-hour trip can cost anywhere from € 7 to € 12 (or about $10 to $16 USD).

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#0 Museum of Byzantine Culture

Winner of the Council of Europe's Museum Prize in 2005, the Museum of Byzantine Culture beautifully displays regional artifacts that concern the ancient empire. Everyday objects and artwork that reflect the social, religious and political aspects of this period are displayed in a dynamic and chronological way. One Virtual Tourist attests that the museum "gives a greater appreciation for the importance of Thessaloniki in older times that you may not get without going here." To learn the most about Thessaloniki's history, you'd best be served by visiting this museum after the Archeological Museum, which has exhibitions that predate the Byzantine era. Fortunately, the two are only a five-minute walk away from each other.

The Museum of Byzantine Culture is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours on Monday.  To reach this site or the Archeological Museum, you can take Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or Bus no. 11 eastward on Egnatia Street. Entrance costs about €4 EUR (or about $5.50 USD). For more information, visit the official website.

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