Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, vibrant life-style, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. Thessaloniki has many stories to tell, unfolding over 2300 years, starting by the moment of its foundation in 315 BC. They are the stories of her people, which we can today discover, taste and seek out in her historical monuments, strolling down her picturesque backstreets or chatting with passers-by. Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea, and is named after the sister of Alexander the Great.
This is a city with a proud historical past written by the multiculturalism of her people. A swathe of societies – Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Jews, Armenians and many others have bequeathed Thessaloniki a multicoloured, multifarious, multidimensional culture. Thessaloniki is a hospitable city, with warm people, an optimistic spirit and a carefree attitude to life – you come across this everywhere you go – walking on the promenade, having a coffee, going down the city center alleyways, visiting museums and historic sights, or enjoying food and drinks like locals do.
Thessaloniki is a port-city in the embrace of the Aegean, offering up many Mediterranean destinations.The city is also a center of ideas which concentrate themselves in the restless spirit of modern art, but also a business center of innovation. Thessaloniki also familiarly known as Thessalonica, Salonica, Salonika, Salonico, Salonique, Solun or Selanik, is the second-largest city in Greece with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area and a major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre; it is also a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe.
The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital and gastronomic capital – and any visitor is in for a treat.
Recent decades have brought tourist and cultural acclaim, including the city’s 1997 reign as European Capital of Culture and its hosting of sporting events during the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2014 Thessaloniki was European Youth Capital, thanks to having one of the largest student populations in Southern Europe. Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece and has recently been ranked by Lonely Planet as the world’s fifth-best ultimate party-city worldwide! In 2015, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2016 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. Among street photographers, the center of Thessaloniki is also considered the most popular destination for street photography in Greece.
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The Conference will take place at a luxurious hotel, ideally located at the city of Thessaloniki and easily accessible; more details about the specific hotel will be provided soon.