Old Town : Michelin's recommendations
Within the ramparts lies the picturesque Old Town; its narrow streets and steps wind between the houses from the Ottoman era with tiny courtyards and flowering balconies. Starting from Platía Karaoli, a charming shady square lined by restaurants with outdoor terraces, walk up Odós Poulídou, passing on the right the imarét, a huge and unusual collection of buildings designed in the Muslim style with many little domes, which has unfortunately been abandoned. The imarét was a kind of alms house run by Islamic monks (dervishes), accommodating up to 300 poor people. On Platía Fouad there is an equestrian statue of Mehmet Ali and the Ikía Mehémet Áli, the 18C birthplace of this son of a rich tobacco merchant of Albanian origin; the house is now owned by the Egyptian government. There is a magnificent view from the house with its thick-set garden; the wooden partitions and the lay-out are typical of a Turkish dwelling: stable and kitchen on the ground floor; on the first floor the owner's apartments and the harem fitted with moucharabies, wooden lattices enabling one to see without being seen. Walk out to the belvedere for an extensive view of the harbour, the town and the bay as far as Thássos Island. Immediately below, berths for shipping have been hewn out of the rock.
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