The Thessaloniki is a gorgeous old-time city in Greece. It is the second largest city in Greece. Like many other cities in Greece, Thessaloniki has rich history and spectacular ancient ruins that still remain to offer masterpiece architecture of yore. It was part of the Roman Empire for many centuries. Many Roman emperors actually resided in Thessaloniki. As the Roman Empire began to shrink, the city fell into the hands of Ottoman Empire, which enriched it. In the 15th century, many Spanish Jews migrated to Thessaloniki, turning it into one of the prominent Jewish center in Europe.
As expected of such a city with eventful history, there are many monuments worth seeing. If you love antique statues, walking paths, crumbling walls, you should take a trip to Thessaloniki. But there are other modern attractions too that makes a trip to Thessaloniki worthwhile. There are theatres, concert halls and plazas. You will also love visiting the local markets and taste the local delicacies like fish, fruits, spices and fruits.
Like many European cities, a visit to Thessaloniki can empty your wallet within a short period if you do not plan. If you are on a budget, you need a well-thought plan. The following tips should guide you if you are planning a budget travel to this city with lots of museums, vibrant nightlife, interesting cultures and relaxed atmosphere:
Visit in the Low Season
All budget tourists anywhere on earth should plan a trip anywhere during the low season. It is a standard rule, though it is up to you to obey or not. At the end of the day, it is your pocket that will feel the pinch. In Thessaloniki, it is the same. The flights and accommodation are cheap in the low season. The question is, when is the low season?
Seek Cheap Entertainment
There are many attractions where entry is free. You should do research and find out. You can also visit Syntagma Square in the evenings to see break-dancers for free or cheaply.
Use Local Guides
You should hire an experienced local guide. This is a lot cheaper than the tour companies. The local tour guides also provide authentic experience, for they are more personal than the tour companies.
Shop at the Local Markets
Buy the local produce at the local markets where they are cheaper and fresher. Souvlaki is one market in Athens with the ultimate Greek street food. Matrozou Street in Koukak is another farmers’ market you can go for shopping.
Fortunately, many attractions in Thessaloniki are close to one another, only a stone-throw separates them. This will favor a budget traveler like you. Instead of hiring a taxi or using a public transport sometimes it is better to just walk. Not only will you be able to see a lot along the way but also cut costs and find extra money for shopping.
Thessaloniki is generally a safe city with low level of crime especially within the city. What may disgust you is the high level of bribery. Every corner you turn, someone wants you to pay a bribe, even for something you should get for free.