Thessaloniki (Salonique, Salonica, Solun, Salonico, Selanik) is a vibrant, full of surprises destination. Located in the heart of Macedonia it is the second largest city in Greece. Being a unique mosaic of different cultures and civilizations, Thessaloniki will offer you a wonderful travel experience. The cuisine and food culture reflect its multicultural history while the city’s intense nightlife will surprise you!
Places to visit:
The White Tower
The White Tower is a widely known symbol of the city and a point of reference for locals and visitors. It stands next to the sea front of the town as a reminder of old times. In the 19th century it was a prison and nowadays it’s a museum of art and history.
Agia Sophia Church
Built as a miniature of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in the 7th century. It is dedicated to the Wisdom of God and contains beautiful Byzantine frescoes and mosaics.
This telecommunications tower reach 76 metres high and on the top floor you can visit the rotating restaurant and café. It was built in the 1960’s and in 2005, the inside of the tower was totally renovated.
The Arch of Galerius (Kamara)
In addition to The Rotonda, this is one of the two most characteristic monuments in town. Galerius arch is situated near the eastern walls of the city, a short distance from the Kassandreotiki gate.
Unique in Greece, the Rotonda is a cylindrical building of the early 4th century AD. It used to be a Pantheon or a Mausoleum for Emperor Galerius, now it’s the Saint George church. The entrance is free and the mosaics inside are really impressive.
The area from Koudouriotou to Diamanti streets and from Hiou to Lemnou streets is known as Ladadika. This is an old quarter, with narrow pavements and neoclassical buildings. Here you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and the Museum of ancient Greek and Byzantine instruments.
This is the most impressive square in Thessaloniki. It features buildings with great architecture inspired by European and colonial models, cafés, shops etc. This square is where big celebrations take place, such as the coming of the New Year, it is also a meeting place during the day.
The Archaeological Museum
Built in 1962 but newly refurbished, this museum provides numerous updated exhibitions. You can easily spend a couple of hours in here, loosing yourself in magical Macedonian golden artefacts and antique treasures.
The Roman Agora
Right in the city centre you will find this important and fascinating archaeological site. It was first built in the late 2nd century AD and was excavate in the 1960’s. Grab a coffee from one of the many cafés located close by and enjoy the view.
On the north of Thessaloniki lies the Upper or Old Town, the only part of the city that survived the big fire of 1917. The Upper Town will make you feel as if time stood still; you’ll immediately be stricken by its unique style, so different from that of the rest of Thessaloniki that will travel you back to the city’s Byzantine past.
Places to shop:
Walk along Tsimiski street for the famous brands and shops, Mitropoleos and Proxenou Koromila are the posh streets for shopping. Egnatia street is perfect for shops with a budget. Loudoudadika and Modiano are the local markets for food or flowers! Visit The big outlet Mall at the west entrance of the City or the Biggest Mall in Balkans (Med. Cosmos) for all the high-end retail brands and more. More shopping Malls are also around the east entrance of Thessaloniki.
Places to eat:
Thessaloniki is one of the greatest gastronomic cities in Europe. Local cuisine as well as ethnic gastroomy can be tasted all over the city. Visit Ladadika for small restaurants, ouzeri or beer bistros.
Valaouritou area is the new hip neigborhood for bars or food. Athonws square is also one of the traditional meeting places for food. Nea Krini or Peraia is must for sea food and restaurants with sea view.
Ano poli is full of tavernas and ouzeri with a more traditional atmosphere.
The nightlife of Thessaloniki is well-known all over Greece, with many bars, clubs, music halls and places for all tastes and ages. Ladadika is the hot spot of the town and the meeting place for young ages and, generally, for all locals and foreigners. Eat, drink, and dance without limits!
Bars are all over the city centre, Ladadika area, Valaoritou street, along the city bay as well as at Ano Poli, Nea Krini for better view. Nightclubs are at the west city entrance during winter and near the airport during the summer.