National Geographic Traveler magazine has named Thessaloniki in its "Top 20 Places to Visit" list for 2013. The city in Northern Greece is not on the radar for many casual travelers to Greece, but that may change. This year, it shares honors with places such as Ravenna, Italy and Marseille, France, along with Uganda and Malawi.
Thessaloniki is a beautiful city with a great Archaeological Museum and many local sites. It's a great base for exploring Northern Greece, and it has many international flights, making it an alternative gateway to Greece for many travelers.
Despite its favorable designation, Thessaloniki has few direct airline flights, although Turkish Airlines said it is expanding service to the city from Istanbul. Like all Greek municipalities, Thessaloniki is struggling through a crushing economic crisis.