This day marks the end of our stay in Thessaloniki. As already mentioned, we booked an hotel in Iessos in Chalcidice. Today we are going on an adventure to reach paradise.
Like I said in yesterday’s post, we have been looking around on the internet for a bus route towards our destination. While leaving our loft, we went to Aristotelous Square to buy ourselves the tickets we needed to get to the KTEL Macedonian Intercity terminal station of Thessaloniki. First we had to take bus n° 12 on a main street where a lot of traffic passed. The lady who sold us the tickets pointed us in the direction but we didn’t know where the bus stop was exactly so we just walked around like chickens without a head with our 35kgs of luggage until we saw our bus just passing us by. By chance it stopped 20 meters ahead of us. We both sprinted as hard as we could to catch it, and our efforts proved to be successful! 😝
Because I wasn’t sure if the bus stopped at the terminal itself, we got off the bus early and walked with our bags for 10 minutes. When we arrived the terminal, we saw the bus just waiting there like it was laughing at our faces.
Next up we had to take another local city bus towards KTEL Chalkidiki terminal to get on a private bus. We bought our tickets and had to wait about an hour to take the bus. The tickets only cost us €11,90 per person, which is very cheap compared to the price we would’ve had to pay for a taxi (minimum €110).
After 2h30 on the bus, we finally arrived at Ierissos. No overpopulation, no disturbing roadworks, no whiny cats: it was perfection! The buildings are beautiful and when I saw the GKEA hotel, I was flat out sold. Our hotel is the most luxurious thing I’ve seen for over a week now. The exterior of the building looks amazing and the interior is clean and stylish. The receptionist is very welcoming and kind, and fortunately a lot better at English than the one I made arrangements with on the phone. The location is also fantastic: it’s only 100 meters away from the beach! The bed is DIVINE, the bathroom a dream come true after the dump we had in Thessaloniki compared to this and the balcony is great. In short: I can’t say a negative thing about it.
We unpacked our luggage and made ourselves ready for a second attempt to have a nice diner at a restaurant. Before leaving, we popped a little bottle of Martini champagne from our mini bar and toasted on our balcony at sunset.
We walked along the beach for a while. There’s plenty of bars, restaurants, little stores, and even some fare attractions. We saw a decent looking restaurant called Mouragio. The waiters were very kind and had some experience talking English, which wasn’t the case at Akademia, the previous restaurant we tried in Thessaloniki. The food was out of this world delicious for the price we paid. We’re even talking about coming back here with our family just for the hotel and these dishes! Once our belly’s were full of this greatness, we went ahead and tried a shot of ouzo. We bought one for us both. After our first sip, we immediately added some water. Our trothes were burning.
When we were done torturing ourselves, we went back to the hotel.
Thanks for reading! Pictures are, as always, below!