Seaside (Paralia), Thessaloniki
To most Northern Europeans, the Thessaloniki climate will appear very generally pleasant and sunny, especially if they visit in the (hot) summer.
But to a southern Greek like myself, Thessaloniki represents the North, its winters colder and foggier than those of Athens or the Peloponnese.
However, I don't count this among the city's disadvantages. In bad weather I love to walk along the seafront, well wrapped up in my greatcoat against the damp. Everyone is sitting inside the cafes rather than loudly occupying the pavement, the few(er) cars are proceeding cautiously, and the clouds seem to envelope the city in a soothing grey....
Fondest memory: Bad weather best enjoyed in November during the Thessaloniki Film Festival - screenings take place in former port warehouses, so you're well placed for a stroll....
Be warned, November weather may also be bright and sunny, with not a raindrop in sight.
Just beside the white tower, you can have your coffee or any drink on board- same prise as a normal cafe, the boat is going around every hour in front of the esplanade of Thessaloniki.
A coffee on board Travelogue
Thessaloniki is built next to Thermaikos Gulf. This avenue is a central one of the city. At the background, you can see the port. The central Aristotelous square is somewhere on the right of the picture (it can't be seen).
You can visit many interesting places, as the Arc of Roman emperor Galerius (303), Rotonda-Kamara, Eptapirgio, the Concert Hall, the Archaeological Museum -see my travelogue about it- the Byzantine Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, also the only museums in Greece about design and cinema etc.
Walking along the Aristotelous street from the center of the city to the waterfront or along Nikis Avenue which borders the White Sea, just before sunset on a summer day, is a memorable experience.
Fondest memory: The beach, the churches and the grilled calamari with beer :)
Favorite thing: Have a walk in Nikis Avenue and shop in one of the several coffee shops and bars to have a coffee or a drink.
A pleasant modern cafe by the sea, east of the city center.
Walk past the White Tower, the Alexander statue, Macedonia Palace hotel and you are there!
Favorite thing: Drink an iced coffee at any cafe along Leof. Nikis. My favorites are 'Paralia' near Macedonia palace hotel (pic), 'Ocean drive' and 'Achilleion' close to the White tower.