GUIDE ON EMIGRATING TO GREECE

Greek cities

If Greece is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s most popular cities!

Athens

The city of the goddess Athena is the largest city in Greece and the nation’s capital. It is one of the world’s oldest cities and has seen visitors flocking to it for centuries.  Athens is home to some of the most famous historical sites in the world and the city is the gateway to many of Greece’s islands.

Facts

Athens is the one of the oldest cities in the world with its origins dating back to 3000BC.

The city is often referred to as the cradle of Western Civilisation.

Athens is named after the goddess Athena the god of wisdom.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in the city in 1896.

Athens is thought to be the birthplace of theatre.

Main attractions

As one of the world’s most ancient cities Athens is home to some incredible ancient sites. The famous location in the city is one of the world’s most recognised landmarks, the Acropolis. This ancient structure is ranked alongside the pyramids of Giza or the Great Wall of China in its historical importance. The incredible acropolis museum lies at the base of the hill and displays a variety of treasures and artefacts.

The ancient Agora is one of the most intact ancient Greek structures in the world. It houses the temple of Ares, an altar to Zeus and many other landmarks.

You may recognise Syntagma square from the news, as this is the place where Greeks like to vent their frustrations.  It is one of the most important squares in Europe, if not the world, has been the pulse point for political protest for well over a century – a frequent occurrence in Greece. Syntagma Square, with the Greek Parliament in full view, is a public transportation hub in Athens and provides easy access to some of the best districts in the city. Did we mention the square has free WiFi?

Thessaloniki

The city of Thessalonica is Greece’s second city and is a major economic, industrial and commercial centre in the country. The city’s history spans over 2,300 years and was the second largest and wealthiest city in the Byzantine Empire and is home to numerous important Byzantine monuments and relics. The city is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to some important Roman, Ottoman and Jewish structures.

Facts

The city has a population of 322,240.

The city was founded in 315BC by Cassander of Macedon it is named after his wife Thessalonike.

The city has a humid subtropical climate.

The city is also known as the ‘second Jerusalem’ due to the high number Jew that migrated there in the 1400’s.

Main attractions

The Museum of Byzantine culture is a must-see destination for history lovers. This award winning museum boasts over 2,900 artefacts and has narrated displays that chart the history of Thessaloniki and its role in the now dead empire. Another must-see site is the famous Ottoman built White Tower. It is a monument and museum located on the city’s waterfront and offers some spectacular views of the city from its roof. If nothing else go there for the fantastic photo opportunities!