TRAVEL GUIDE TO THESSALONIKI
With a waterfront location at the Thermaic Gulf of Macedonia region, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece after Athens.
The city has a rich history and culture. In addition to being a great base for exploring northern Greece, it also functions as a commercial, business and transportation hub for this side of the country. It is one of the liveliest places to visit, with all kinds of facilities and a lovely seaside promenade.
Our travel guide provides everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable trip in Thessaloniki, including its landmarks, neighbourhoods, hotels and restaurants, things to do as well as a selection of organized tours & activities. Also, don't miss our photo collection from the city!
The city has an international airport with daily flights from Athens and some European capitals. It has a port with ferries to the Sporades islands but can also be reached by car, bus or train.
Thessaloniki is too good to miss!
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MORE ABOUT THESSALONIKI GREECE
Thessaloniki in Greece lies in the Macedonia region and is the second-largest city in the country, after Athens!
Immediately upon arriving there, you’ll realize that this city has an enduring history and rich culture! Wandering around the town, you’ll come across many monuments mostly dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras.
The most important signature landmark is hands down the White Tower. Located at the porti, the White Tower is the most photographed tourist site.
Another popular site is Kamara, an arch constructed by the Roman general Galerius in the 3rd century AD.
Other interesting places to visit in the city center of Thessaloniki are the Roman Agora, a beautiful ancient theater, the palace of Galerius, a vestige of the Roman era, as well as the World Heritage-listed Byzantine churches.
Sightseeing is not the only thing to do there! Endless strolls and city exploration are a must! Walk along the beachfront promenade, have a cup of coffee at one of the coffeeshops of Aristotle Square, taste the local delicacies at Ladadika and time travel to the past in the Old Town!
The convenient location of Thessaloniki makes it a perfect base for excursions in the entire northern and central Greece and most particularly Halkidiki.
This city should be in your Greek holiday destinations bucket list!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
As the second biggest city in Greece, Thessaloniki offers a wide variety of amazing hotels for all needs and preferences that are mainly located around Aristotelous Square or near the sea.
In the center of the city, you will find modern hotels that provide excellent rooms and suites, as well as luxurious facilities. Hotels in the area of Thermi or Agia Triada beach also feature large swimming pools.
Some of the most popular hotels are Electra Palace, The Met Hotel, The Modernist, Colours, Daios Luxury Living and more.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The city of Thessaloniki has an international airport with flights from Athens and some European cities.
It can also be reached from Athens by car/bus and train. During the summer, it is connected by ferry to the island of Skiathos, in the Sporades.
HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF THESSALONIKI
Discover the highlights of Thessaloniki to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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The White Tower, located at the beach promenade, is the symbol of the city. Through its history, it has been a fort, prison, meteorology lab and museum.
The Beach Promenade is the most popular spot in this beautiful city. Locals and visitors walk up and down all day this promenade, which is lined up by bars and restaurants.
Ano Poli, which literary means Upper Town, is actually the Old Town of Thessaloniki. Constructed around the castle, on the slopes of a hill, this is a lovely quarter to walk around.
Aristotle Square is the most central spot of Thessaloniki. All important sights, restaurants, bars and hotels are located in a walking distance from this square.
Located in the city center, this is among the most important churches of Thessaloniki. It is not known where exactly the church of Saint Sofia was originally built. The most possible is that it was constructed after the Church of Saint Sofia in Constantinople.
The Arch of Galerius is also known as Kamara. It was constructed by the Roman emperor Galerius to celebrate his victory over the Persians. In a short walk from Kamara is the Rotonda.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki hosts interesting exhibits from various excavations around the region of Macedonia, including the site of Vergina.
The Byzantine Castle is located on the hill top above Ano Poli, the oldest quarter of the city. It is constructed on the spot of the ancient acropolis.
The International Film Festival is a very important event for Thessaloniki. It takes place every year on November and presents many film makers.