Thessaloniki is the Metropolis of Macedonia, the second largest city in Greece and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Built in 316 BC from Kassandros, it took its name after his wife Thessaloniki, who was Great Alexander's sister. The capital city of Northern Greece has a history of 2300 years. This beautiful waterfront city with the biggest paved beach has a population of more than one million people, and has always been a cosmopolitan metropolis, as well as a powerful economic and cultural center throughout southeastern Europe.
The city has large avenues, parks and squares, commercial streets lined with trees and elegant shop windows, an abundance of neoclassic buildings, modern dwellings and old neighborhoods with winding cobblestone alleys. The modern exhibition center of "HELEXPO" organizes and hosts several trade fairs during the year, with apical the "International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki", which takes place in the autumn, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Shopping in the commercial streets of Thessaloniki, satisfies all desires of each visitor. The nightlife of the city is also exciting. Exquisite tastes make the city one of the greatest gastronomical destinations in Europe. Finally, Thessaloniki is a major congress destination in Greece, as well as in Europe.