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20 Thessaloniki airberlin magazin 7 / 2015 Anastasios stays behind for a chat, but we need to move on as we have an appointment with deputy mayor Spiros Pengas at another informal open-air café next to the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Now in his mid-forties, Pengas maintains a dynamic and cheerful air. He is proud of his home city and aware of the problems facing it. Pengas supports the unconventional, politically independent city mayor, Giannis Boutaris, a former wine-grower, in his efforts to free Thessaloniki from the stranglehold of central government in Athens. But despite the empty coffers, the city does now have an efficient refuse collection system, and there’s a public cycle-hire initiative called Thessbike – the car is no longer king! “We love turning ideas into action,” says Pengas, as we order another cold coffee. Exploring Thessaloniki by bike? Is that possible? Why not? So next day, we hire brand-new bicycles and cycle to Paralia without any problems at all. The promenade leading out of Thessaloniki is car-free as from the iconic White Tower, and is a paradise for cyclists, joggers, flaneurs and sun-worshippers alike. After three-and-ahalf kilometres of pedalling, we lock our bikes and settle down to relax on wooden pontoons, enjoying the view out to sea. We decide to see out the evening on one of the many excursion boats that flit non-stop around the bay. They don’t cost anything as long as you buy a drink. So jámas – here’s to Thessaloniki! • Kalter Kaffee kann so gut sein. In den Straßencafés von Thessaloniki lässt es sich herrlich sitzen, schwatzen und die Seele der Stadt erfahren. Cold coffee can be so delicious. It’s very pleasant to sit and chat in the street cafés of Thessaloniki and explore the soul of the city in the process. Unterkunft: Lässig bis edel präsentieren sich die zentralen und familiengeführten Hotels Excelsior und City Hotel, DZ ab 75 Euro. Die Familie Tornivouka betreibt auf der nahen Chalkidiki auch das traumhaft gelegene Eagles Palace, Sehr günstig in der Altstadt von Saloniki – das freundliche Little Big House, DZ ab 45 Euro, Essen: Igglis, Irodotou 32 (leckere Taverne in der airberlin fliegt mehrmals täglich von deutschen und internationalen Flughäfen nach Thessaloniki. Alle Möglichkeiten unter Thessaloniki Altstadt) Accommodation: The centrally located, family-run Excelsior Hotel and City Hotel cater to all tastes, from casual to chic. Prices for a double room start from €75. The Tornivouka family also runs the Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa in a glorious setting on the nearby Chalkidiki peninsula; The friendly Little Big House has double rooms from just €45 in the old town of Thessaloniki; Eating out: Igglis, Irodotou 32 (taverna with tasty food in the old town) C H A L K I D I K I airberlin flies to Thessaloniki several times a day from German and international airports. For details, please visit Kavala Ä g ä i s c h e s M e e r Photos: Getty Images/Giannis Papanikos/Montico Lionel/ Pavan, Look-foto/age fotostock, mauritius images/imageBROKER/Paul Williams – Funkystock/Alamy

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