Thessaloniki

Do you want to visit antiquities, eat well, and party hard? This large coastal town has a distinctive multicultural past and renowned nightlife.

Attractions & Things to Do in Thessaloniki

Aristotelous Square

The main square of Thessaloniki that together with the surrounding buildings is famous for the European architecture that brought to the city.

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Shopping in the City Center of Thessaloniki

A place where shopping becomes more an experience and not only an activity.

Covered Markets of Thessaloniki

«Modiano - Kapani»

A combination of contemporary marketplaces and unique spots with special atmosphere.

↑ N
< 1km

Food in Thessaloniki

A tasteful trip to the city where for centuries food was not only a human need but an experience and an art as well.

International Film Festival of Thessaloniki

The international film event that transforms the city into a center of interest for emerging filmmakers.

← W
< 1km

Port's Historic District

«Ladadika»

One of the most significant entertainment areas of Thessaloniki with a great history, and beautiful architecture.

↖ NW
< 1km
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Museum of Illusions Thessaloniki

Unforgettable experiential entertainment that is based on scientific properties and features targeting to challenge the eyes and provoke illusions.

↖ NW
< 1km

Hagia Sophia of Thessaloniki

One of the oldest buildings of Thessaloniki which is a unique Byzantine monument and serves an Orthodox Church until today.

→ E
< 1km

Roman Agora of Thessaloniki

An archaeological site that served as the society heart and the administrative core of the city of Thessaloniki during the Roman period.

↗ NE
< 1km

Port of Thessaloniki

Large port & a commercial getaway of northern Greece & the Balkans. It attracts cruise ships & is connected with Aegean islands in summer.

↖ NW
≈ 1.1km

Navarinou Square

The ancient square that connects the monuments of the city's Roman complex, and serves today as a vivid meeting spot with a unique atmosphere.

→ E
≈ 1.1km
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Thessaloniki Waterbus

«Karavakia»

Since 2017, frequent sea tours connect the waterfront promenade with Perea and Nei Epivates, offering a totally different view of Thessaloniki.

Church of Saint Demetrius

«Hagios Demetrios»

The cathedral which is dedicated to the patron saint of Thessaloniki and is included to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

↗ NE
≈ 1.3km

Arch of Galerius

«Kamara»

A monument that became one of the trademarks of the city and serves as the absolute meeting point for the locals.

→ E
≈ 1.3km

White Tower

«Lefkos Pirgos»

The monument that is the absolute and most photographed trademark of Thessaloniki.

↘ SE
≈ 1.3km

Rotonda of Galerius

The Roman building that was used with different functions during the centuries and is an active part of the historical evolution of Thessaloniki.

→ E
≈ 1.4km

Atatürk Museum

Traditional house, possible birthplace of Kemal Atatürk. In 1935 it was granted to the Turkish state and was transformed into a museum and consulate.

→ E
≈ 1.7km

Statue of Alexander the Great

A city trademark that represents the greatest of the Macedonian kings and is an integral part of the seaside promenade of Thessaloniki.

↘ SE
≈ 1.7km
A picture showing the crowd among the benches of various publishers at the International Book Fair of Thessaloniki.
photo: ΔΕΒΘ

Thessaloniki International Book Fair

The annual cultural event that makes Thessaloniki the epicenter of the book industry and attracts thousands of book lovers.

↘ SE
≈ 1.8km

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

A worth-visiting museum with exhibits that shed light to the history of Thessaloniki and Macedonia.

↘ SE
≈ 1.9km
A panoramic view of the facilities of the International Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF-HELEXPO)
photo: Public domain

International Fair of Thessaloniki

«TIF - Helexpo»

A large-scale event that brings Thessaloniki at the epicenter of the national and international interest for a week.

↘ SE
≈ 2km

Old Town of Thessaloniki

«Ano Poli»

The neighborhood that is next to the vivid city center of Thessaloniki but has a totally different atmosphere and travels the visitor to another era.

↗ NE
≈ 2km

Waterfront of Thessaloniki

«Paralia»

The spot that offers to Thessaloniki the major characteristic of a coastline city and attracts thousands of people on a daily basis.

↘ SE
≈ 2km

Thessaloniki Railway Station

A hub that connects Thessaloniki with Athens and other cities of central and northern Greece as well as capitals of the Balkan Peninsula.

↖ NW
≈ 2.3km

Eptapyrgio Fortification

The impressive fortification of the city of Thessaloniki that among other uses served as one of the most notorious prisons in Greece.

↗ NE
≈ 2.6km

Museum of Byzantine Culture Thessaloniki

A contemporary museum that sheds light οn the Byzantine past of Thessaloniki and Macedonia.

↘ SE
≈ 2.6km

Concert Hall of Thessaloniki

A facility complex that upgrades the cultural life of Thessaloniki by hosting a series of music and artistic events.

↓ S
≈ 5.4km

Seih Sou Forest

«Kedrinos Lofos»

The suburban city forest that reminds the Ottoman past bearing a name that means «Sheikh's Water». It includes a public zoo and Theater Dasous.

→ E
≈ 6.4km

Shopping Mall «Mediterranean Cosmos»

The biggest mall of Greece with countless shopping, food, and entertainment choices that became a destination for locals and tourists as well.

↘ SE
≈ 13.5km

Thessaloniki Airport

«Makedonia»

Largest & busiest airport of northern Greece named after the broader geographical region which is served together with many holiday destinations.

↓ S
≈ 17.8km

Galatista, Polygyros (Anthemountas) Halkidiki

Rural community of Polygyros Municipality located on a spot that connects the areas of central Macedonia with mountainous Halkidiki.

↘ SE
≈ 47.6km

Cave of Petralona

An impressive natural monument that revealed one of the most extraordinary findings which shed light on the human evolutionary process.

↘ SE
≈ 48.6km

Questions & Answers about Thessaloniki

Why Visit Thessaloniki?
  • The second-largest Greek city was called "little Constantinople" in the Byzantine era.
  • Notoriously famous for a unique relaxed and authentic environment.
  • Hosting 15 monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Entering port for the Balkans.
What is Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece. It is also a major and busy port at the Aegean Sea that is located at the top of the Thermaikos gulf which favors its geostrategic position, defining it as the entrance of the Balkan Peninsula. Nowadays, this historic town has emerged as a great metropolis with a total population that exceeds 1 million residents.

Was Thessaloniki the sister of Alexander the Great?

A city of the northern Greek mainland founded by King Cassander between 316 and 315 BC and named after the founder's wife, the daughter of King Philip II and half-sister of Alexander the Great. During its long history, it came under the control and influence of various cultures including the Romans, Normans, and Turks.

How to go to Thessaloniki?

The city can be reached through a modern road network linked with Athens and the neighboring countries of the north. It can be also reached by sea and mainly through the international airport "Macedonia" from the major European and worldwide destinations.

What is the best season to visit Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is an all-year destination. Every season has unique advantages and reveals a special perspective of this vivid city. Choosing the best season is profoundly difficult but many visitors agree that Autumn is probably the best timing. It is the season that opens with the International Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF - Helexpo) and finishes with the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki. It is a period that hosts countless cultural, athletic, and music events, the average temperature close to ideal levels, and many international visitors transform the city into a meeting point.

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