Located around 500 km away from historic Athens, Thessaloniki has it own stories to tell, stretching back centuries. As the second-largest city in the country, those stories also stretch across plenty of streets. The size brings chaos and madness, as the new world tries to meld with the ancient city and Greece recovers from the economic woes of the past. But that chaos also hosts energy, vibrancy and life. Memories of ancient kingdoms remain and can be spotted everywhere, from the centuries-old walls of the old city to the 4th-century monument that is the Arch of Galerius. And then there is the famous White Tower, overlooking the waterfront and plenty of bars to spend your nights in. ALSO READ: These are the 10 best places to visit in Europe according to Lonely Planet Also Read - Greece: 50 migrants rescued after being held hostage

Aerial view of famous White Tower and the city of Thessaloniki at night

Aerial view of famous White Tower and the city of Thessaloniki at night, Greece. Image taken with action drone camera causing distortion and blur Also Read - Greek hardliners plan mass protest over Macedonia name row



The White Tower square in Thessaloniki in daytime

Aerial view of the White Tower square, in Thessaloniki, Greece Also Read - Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering

Thessaloniki’s Aristotelous Square in the afternoon

Aristotelous Square at Afternoon, Thessaloniki, Greece



Embankment of Thessaloniki with reflection in the sea at twilight

Embankment of Thessaloniki with reflection in the sea at twilight

People walking nearby The Great Alexander’s statue on a seafront promenade in Thessaloniki

People walking nearby The Great Alexander's statue on a seafront promenade in Thessaloniki, Greece

Saint Demetrius church in a summer day

Saint Demetrius church in Thessaloniki, Greece in a summer day

An aerial view of historic Saint Paul Church, Agios Pavlos

Saint Paul Church, Agios Pavlos, aerial view, Thessaloniki, Greece

The high ramparts run down the hill from the Ano Poli to the Lower Town

The high ramparts run down the hill from the Ano Poli to the Lower Town of Thessaloniki, Greece

Another view of the White Tower of Thessaloniki on the waterfront of Thessaloniki

The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of Thessaloniki, capital of the region of Macedonia in northern Greece

An aerial view of Thessaloniki, capital of Greek Macedonia

Thessaloniki aerial panoramic view. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia

The city lies along the edges of the Thermaïkos Gulf and has historically been a cosmopolitan one. You can learn more about its history by going on tours in the city center or visiting nearby destinations, including Halkidiki. Speaking of history, there is plenty to satisfy your thirst for the past. (NOW READ: 16 stunningly beautiful pictures of Greece that will take your breath away) The ancient forum from the 2nd-3rd centuries CE can take a day or two to explore fully, and then there is the palace of 4th-century Galerius Maximianus. There are also temples, hippodrome and monuments to see here.