'I like this city enormously. I can't believe it's ours!" exclaimed a leading Greek politician visiting Salonika for the first timeafter it had been liberated from the Ottomans in 1912.*
Greece's second biggest city, with approximately 1m inhabitants, modern Salonika (aka Thessaloniki) is a thriving metropolis and one of the most important trade and communications centres in the Mediterranean.
Renowned for its numerous hip clubs and bars, and sophisticated, eastern-influenced cuisine, Salonika has a unique student town feel (with almost 60,000 students and the largest university campus in Greece). It also offers excellent shopping districts for all budgets and needs, numerous monuments of historic and cultural value, the popular film festival and some of the friendliest people, making it one of the most interesting European cities.
* see Under the influence