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Attractions, Sights & 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.

A building and many cars at Tsimiski street of Thessaloniki.
→ E   < 1km

Shopping in the City Center of Thessaloniki

A place where shopping becomes more an experience and not only an activity.
Buyers in front of various benches in the Kapani Market of Thessaloniki.
↑ N   < 1km

Covered Markets of Thessaloniki

« Modiano - Kapani »

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

A dish of meat on a taverna table among other food dishes.
↗ NE   < 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.

A press conference with John Malkovich and the former president of Thessaloniki Film Festival Georges Corraface.
← W   < 1km

International Film Festival of Thessaloniki

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

A picture showing the distinctive architecture of the buildings and some tavernas at Ladadika, Thessaloniki.
↖ NW   < 1km

Port's Historic District

« Ladadika »

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

The front and the main entrance of Hagia Sophia of Thessaloniki including a big part of the churchyard.
→ E   < 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.

A picture of the hidden gallery of the Roman Agora of Thessaloniki.
↗ NE   < 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.

An aerial photo of the the passenger pier of the port of Thessaloniki.
photo: thpa
↖ NW   ≈ 1.1km

Port of Thessaloniki

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

A picture of Navarinou Square and the ruins of Galerius Palace surrounded by high buildings.
→ E   ≈ 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.

The front part, including a part of the yard, and the main entrance of the church of St. Demetrius.
↗ NE   ≈ 1.3km

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.

The Arch of Galerius with some big buildings and the blue sky as a background.
→ E   ≈ 1.3km

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.

The White Tower among the green trees and with the blue sky at the background.
↘ SE   ≈ 1.3km

White Tower

« Lefkos Pirgos »

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

The exterior of the Roman temple of Rotonda in Thessaloniki.
→ E   ≈ 1.4km

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.

The statue of Alexander the Great with some skaters in front of it and the sea in the background.
↘ SE   ≈ 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.

A picture showing the crowd among the benches of various publishers at the International Book Fair of Thessaloniki.
photo: ΔΕΒΘ
↘ SE   ≈ 1.8km

Thessaloniki International Book Fair

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

The main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and an exhibit of a sarcophagus (stone coffin).
↘ SE   ≈ 1.9km

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
↘ SE   ≈ 2km

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.

A picture showing the narrow streets of Ano Poli and the old house with the traditional architecture.
↗ NE   ≈ 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.

Water fountains, people relaxing or walking under the blue sky at the promenade of Thessaloniki.
↘ SE   ≈ 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.

One of the platforms and trains at Thessaloniki Railway Station.
↖ NW   ≈ 2.3km

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.

People walking by the walls of Thessaloniki's fortification.
↗ NE   ≈ 2.6km

Eptapyrgio Fortification

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

A room of the Byzantine Culture Museum of Thessaloniki with artifacts in displays and icons hanging on the walls.
↘ SE   ≈ 2.6km

Museum of Byzantine Culture Thessaloniki

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

A picture showing the two buildings of the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki.
↓ S   ≈ 5.4km

Concert Hall of Thessaloniki

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

One of the entrances of the Shopping Mall Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki.
↘ SE   ≈ 13.5km

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.

A part of the main building and transfer busses at the runway of Thessaloniki Airport.
↓ S   ≈ 17.8km

Thessaloniki Airport

« Makedonia »

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

A central street of the village of Galatista with shops and other traditional buildings.
↘ SE   ≈ 47.6km

Galatista, Polygyros (Anthemountas) Halkidiki

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

The main entrance and the kiosk that sells tickets at the Petralona cave of Halkidiki.
↘ SE   ≈ 48.6km

Cave of Petralona

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

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.