THESSALONIKI – Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki is an open secret for its attractiveness and now the rest of Northern Greece is getting its due, rated with The Azores, an archipelago 948 miles off Portugal, as the two most underrated sites in the world.
That came at the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibit whose 2022 industry report showed 14.5 percent of respondents to a survey ranked The Azores only 0.5 percent ahead of Northern Greece sites that are must-sees, said SchengenVisaInfo.com
“The Azores, with its natural beauty and commitment to sustainability, and Northern Greece, with some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and historical settings, rightly take their places at the top of the list of the most underrated destinations in the world,” WTM Exhibition Director Juliette Losardo stated.
The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, has been popular among travelers due to its natural beauty, wildlife, and laid-back lifestyle, the site noted, adding that in July this year some 252,483 passengers arrived at airports, the most in five years.
The survey gave plaudits to attractions in Northern too, apart from Thessaloniki, known for its cosmopolitan air and a waterfront walkway that’s popular wit locals as well as more tourists who have discovered the city.
“Mount Olympus, the country’s highest mountain has long been a mythical place, where the Gods of Ancient Greece were said to reside. Litochoro, known as the City of the Gods, is about 100km away from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city,” WTM London said, suggesting that more people should visit this part of Greece.
Another spot that drew raves was the Halkidiki Peninsula in the area, with emphasis on Northern Greece as showing influences from its history being occupied by the Romans and Turks, as well as Byzantine past.
The other eight underrated destinations in the top 10 were Bulgaria, Scotland, Estonia, The Netherlands, Sicily, Slovenia, Wales and Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, the city on The Danube River.