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Thessaloniki Holidays Overview
Thessaloniki is sometimes known as Salonica to English speakers, and is located at the head of the Gulf of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia, and is a lively, prosperous town, with a varied ethnic mix, a major university, and a progressive music and arts scene.
The city is primarily a commercial and industrial centre, rather than a tourist resort, and it hosts an annual international trade fair. However, there is still plenty for visitors to see including the Turkish walled upper town, Ottoman buildings, Islamic monuments, modern Greek architecture, and a variety of excellent museums.
Overall Thessaloniki has a modern appearance, due largely to an enormous fire in 1917 which totally destroyed much of the traditional Ottoman city, including the Jewish quarter. The city was rebuilt in an Art Deco style using the guidance of Ernest Hebrard. His plan was a grid system of wide avenues running parallel to the sea front, with shady cross streets planted with numerous trees.
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International Film Festival
Running since 1959, Thessalonikiís International Film Festival takes place annually for ten days in November. Each year the festival has a different motto or focus, and a varied program of films, talks, and awards. Although the festival is the highlight, there are film based events taking place all year in the run up to the festival.
International Trade Fair
The trade fair in an annual commercial exhibition, originally held in 1926, that takes place in September. It displays exhibits from various sectors that include construction, environment, tourism, food, primary production, and culture. The fair has taken on political significance as it has become customary for the countryís prime minister to give a speech there, setting out his policies for the coming year.
The Dimitria Festival
The Dimitria Festival combines a mixture of music, theatre and dance, and is the largest cultural festival in Thessaloniki. Held between September and November, it is a modern interpretation of the feast day of St. Demetrios, held in the middle ages. It attracts artists, writers, dancers, and musicians from all over the world, and prides itself on a mixture of traditional and contemporary arts.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights from Australia to Thessaloniki take around twenty five to twenty eight hours. Lufthansa operates a route with stopovers in Singapore and Munich, and Qantas, Thai, and Aegean Airlines provide an alternative via Bangkok and Athens.