Where to stay: Thessaloniki

This Greek port city has Byzantine architecture, vast sea views and great digs: try a mountain wilderness house or a cabin on a private beachWednesday, 3 April 2019

The Mediterranean Villa
Among the identical villas along the coast near Volos, this one stands out: a bold, boxy modernist property overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf with oversized windows. Four (stylish) bedrooms means it's great for families. From £268, minimum three-night stay.

Areti Camping & Bungalows
Sitting plum on a private beach on the Sithonia peninsula, this campsite offers accommodation for those who don't want to pitch a tent. Cabins have air con, a toilet and hot plate, while the two-bed bungalows are full-on holiday cottages. Cabins from £45, bungalows from £81. 

The Caravan
Don't be misled by the name. This B&B (or 'travellers inn' as the wanderluster owners call it) is in a neoclassical listed building in the city centre. The modern, airy rooms — all with balconies — are pepped with Persian rugs, travel-themed art and pastel-coloured furniture. Rooms from £67.

Artsistas Houses
This labour of love by a local family is a specially-constructed 'hamlet' of 10 houses within Aristi village in Zagori, a mountain wilderness three-and-a-half hours from Thessaloniki. Houses sleep 2-5 people, and the look is complete with stonework and woollen blankets. Villas from £71.

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Published in the October 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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