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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 beach

By Julia Buckley
Published 3 Apr 2019, 15:27 BST, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 11:45 BST
Room at The Mediterranean Villa near Volos
Room at The Mediterranean Villa near Volos

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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