Thessaloniki takes the second honored place among the largest cities of Greece and has the title of the Northern Capital.
Since its foundation by king Cassandr of Macedonia in 315 B.C. and named after his wife and stepsister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki has always been a metropolis.
The long history of the city is evident by the varied architectural forms from the Hellenistic era up to the end of the 20th century as well as with an astonishing Byzantine artistic heritage. Seventeen monuments in the city have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
In Thessaloniki one can find architectural monuments of all historical periods perpetuate historical moments that took place here, and the names of people, who left an important step in the history of the Northern Greece (including Alexander the Great, Cyril and Methodius, Gallerius Maximian, Aristotle etc). All this facts combine with a surprisingly modern nowadays style of Thessaloniki as a modern city - center of commerce and culture of the Balkans.
The abundance of exhibitions, museums, concerts, performances, festivals, including Annual International Film Festival, designed for connoisseurs of art, ancient churches, imbued with the spirit of centuries-old history, taverns and restaurants on busy streets, incendiary parties in clubs, shopping centers - all this is shrouded in an aura of relax and serenity - this is the icon of modern city of Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki neighborhood with a variety of flora and fauna and the virgin beauty of the landscape is incredibly beautiful. For example, in the lake Kerkini among diversity of trees and aquatic vegetation can be encountered with storks, flamingos, herons and other birds inhabitants.