Thessaloniki

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

Thessaloniki Attractions

Aristotelous Square

The main square of Thessaloniki and its surrounding buildings introduced a new type of European architecture to the city.

White Tower

Built in the 12th century, Thessaloniki's trademark, the White Tower, is the most photographed monument of the city.

Arch of Galerius

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

Roman Agora of Thessaloniki

An archaeological site that was the administrative heart and a busy meeting place of the city of Thessaloniki during the Roman period.

Eptapyrgio Fortification

The impressive Byzantine fortification has a small promenade offering panoramic views over Thessaloniki, and fantastic tavernas nearby.

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

One of the oldest buildings of Thessaloniki is an imposing Byzantine church which is used as an Orthodox Church until today.

Rotonda of Galerius

This Roman building was used with different functions during the centuries and it is an important part of Thessaloniki's history.

The front part, including a part of the yard, and the main entrance of the church of St. Demetrius.
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Church of Saint Demetrius

The cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Thessaloniki, St Demetrius, is included in the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

The statue of Alexander the Great with skaters in front of it and the sea in the background.
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«Alexander the Great» Statue

The city takes pride in its ancient history, and in particular its Macedonian heritage. Alexander's statue attracts tourists and skaters.

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.

Thessaloniki Things to Do

Shopping Mall «Mediterranean Cosmos»

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

A panoramic view of the facilities of the International Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF-HELEXPO)
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International Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF-Helexpo)

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

Concert Hall of Thessaloniki

A facility complex offering high-quality cultural experiences and hosts classical music concerts and other artistic events.

International Film Festival of Thessaloniki

Every year, this international film event turns the city into a center of interest for emerging filmmakers and directors.

The main entrance and the kiosk that sells tickets at the Petralona cave of Halkidiki.
distant ≈ 48.3km
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Petralona (Red Stones) Cave

An impressive cave where the skull of a Homo heidelbergensis was found dating from between 300,000 and 700,000 years ago.

Waterfront of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki's waterfront gives the city a sea-breeze feeling. It's beauty and aliveness attracts thousands of visitors daily.

photo: karavakia.gr

Waterbus to Peraia & Neoi Epivates

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

Old (Upper) Town of Thessaloniki

This neighborhood is close to Thessaloniki's vivid city center but it has a calm atmosphere that travels the visitor to another era.

Modiano & Kapani Covered Markets

Centrally located covered markets in Louloudadika district. A combination of traditional and contemporary marketplaces selling a variety of products.

Food in Thessaloniki

A trip of tastes into a city that revered food throughout centuries and developed a rich gastronomic tradition, culture, and art.

Shopping in the City Center of Thessaloniki

In these buzzing streets you will find every kind of shop and marketplace as well as street musicians, food peddlers, bars and cafes.

Ladadika - Port's Historic District

One of the most remarkable entertainment neighborhoods with many bars to have a blast. It's beautiful architecture is admired during daytime too.

A picture showing the crowd among the benches of various publishers at the International Book Fair of Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki International Book Fair

An annual event that brings Thessaloniki in the center of bookworms' interest. There are books in many languages that satisfy every niche.

Seih Sou Forest

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

Thessaloniki Museums

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

A museum with exhibits that will enlighten you about the history of Ancient Macedonia and Thessaloniki that is worth a visit.

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Probably the biggest Byzantine museum in the world, it hosts a difficult-to-find and complete exhibition of the Eastern Roman Empire through time.

Thessaloniki History Center

It's a public library that hosts periodic exhibitions. Don't expect anything in English but it's worth a visit if you are nearby, it's free!

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.

photo: tiqets

Museum of Illusions Thessaloniki

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

Thessaloniki Day Trips

Nea Kalikratia

If you are trapped in Thessaloniki during summer, Nea Kalikratia is your easy escape to an OK beach. It's well-organized and superbly family-friendly.

A picture taken from the Nea Apollonia spa showing Volvi lake.
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distant ≈ 54.8km
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Apollonia Spa, Loutra Volvis

The Apollonia spa and thermal springs are good enough for a few relaxing hours. The waters are not too warm but the sulfuric smell is.

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

Galatista, Polygyros Halkidiki

Picturesque village with old-style stone architecture and a Byzantine tower. A fantastic place to relax and stroll around in the beautiful streets.

Peraia, Thessaloniki

A coastal semi-urban settlement, east of Thessaloniki that can be reached easily by the waterbus departing from the White Tower area.

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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