Captain Nikos told us to be at 5 in front of the White Tower to take his boat. Luckily there was a long queue waiting before us, as we were not exactly on time. To see people wearing a bathing suit and flip-flops in the centre of the city used to seem strange to a local, but not anymore.
There are 3 boats in Saloniki that can take you to the nearest clear beaches of Peraia and Nei Epivates. In just 50 min, departing either from the Port or the White Tower, every day from May to September, you can enjoy the sea around the city. And if you are lucky enough, you may have the chance to witness dolphins dancing along with the boat!
Peraia and N. Epivates are not just touristic destinations. They are regions with steady population during wintertime, where many Salonians have chosen to live there as well. Moreover, summer seems to arrive earlier there, since the taverns lay their tables exactly on the sand of the seashore from the springtime. It is an ultimate summer experience to feel the sand on your feet while tasting fresh seafood on a “Blue Flag” awarded beach!
So, either you desire to lay your body on a beach-bar or on a chair at a tavern- to combine these two is always recommendable- just take one of the city’s waterbuses. Our desire was just to feel the sea breeze on our face and take our distance from the routine while taking photos of what we already know as locals. It is so rejuvenating to redefine commonplaces- and within that yourself as well- through new experiences! Being a tourist in your city among other tourists is surely an intriguing experience!
We could hear various languages around us, German from a couple in the lounge, British and American English on the deck and even Hebrew. Captain Nikos told us that there are many Jewish tourists who choose his waterbus for a cruise and he could narrate several interesting stories happening on board, such as a wedding proposal!
Unfortunately, dolphins were giving their show somewhere else that day, but we took great pleasure in photo shooting the seagulls that “played” with the camera just right. A kid next to me tried to spoil the seagull’s fishy diet with crisps, adding to our boat’s popularity to them…
It was nice seeing happy faces waiting on the dock patiently to embark, during our stops. People of all ages, some with their bikes or prams as well- there was a comfy place for everyone. So at the end of our cruise, the enthusiasm we all shared, certainly gave to the expression “we’re in the same boat” a positive meaning!