Thessaloniki

Also called:
  • Thessalonica
  • Saloniki
  • Salónica ES
  • Thessalonique FR
  • Salonicco IT
  • Selanik TR
  • Solun BG
Why visit Thessaloniki?
  • The second-largest Greek city was called "little Constantinople" in 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.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do in Thessaloniki

Starting Point: Aristotelous Square

Aristotelous Square

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

Shopping in the City Center of Thessaloniki

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

Covered Markets of Thessaloniki

« Modiano - Kapani »

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

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 to a center of the interest for emerging filmmakers.

Port's Historic District

« Ladadika »

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

Hagia Sophia of Thessaloniki

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

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.

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.

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.

Arch of Galerius

« Kamara »

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

White Tower (Museum of Thessaloniki)

« Lefkos Pirgos »

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

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.

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.

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.

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

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

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.

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.

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.

Eptapyrgio Fortification

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

Museum of Byzantine Culture Thessaloniki

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

Concert Hall of Thessaloniki

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

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.

Galatista, Polygyros (Anthemountas) Halkidiki

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

Cave of Petralona

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

Nea Kalikratia

Coastal town in a short distance from Thessaloniki that hosts many second homes and is a well-known summer destination.

Spa of Nea Apollonia, Loutra Volvis

The currently closed spa facilities of Nea Apollonia which were famous for the healing properties of their thermal springs.

A beach volley court, a blue flag sign, and numerous umbrellas and sunbeds at the Korinos beach of Katerini.
photo: Lemur12 / CC BY 3.0

Korinos Beach, Katerini Pieria

Α less crowded option than other Katerini beaches with fine sand and shallow waters compose an ideal choice for families & tranquility seekers.

Byzantine Culture Center - Justin

« Metochi Flogiton »

Contemporary museum in a historical building that served as a monastery and a hospital.

Paralia Katerini

The settlement that serves as the official coast of Katerini city and was developed to a major tourist destination during the summer months.

Questions & Answers About Thessaloniki

What is Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is the second largest city of 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.

Which it 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.