Although it is Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki has managed to preserve its fascinating originality. This beautiful city in the north of the country beside the crystal clear sea of the Thermaic Gulf quickly captivates any visitor.
Nevertheless, it's difficult to say exactly what the fascination of Thessaloniki is. Is it its unmistakable mix of Greek tradition and European modernity? Or is it the exciting juxtaposition of well maintained historical monuments and gorgeous modern buildings that are found throughout Thessaloniki in equal number?
It's best that everyone discovers the answer for themselves. For example by taking a relaxing walk around the city. The best place to start this is at the White Tower. The landmark of Thessaloniki is on the magnificent seafront promenade. This is where visitors and locals meet both during the day and at night to socialise. Not far away there are bars and restaurants all round Aristotelous Square, which can be the first stop for a drink or meal.
In Thessaloniki, those interested in historical buildings will find fascinating buildings from the time of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires such as the Rotunda, the Arch of Galerius and the Turkish baths. Those looking for shopping opportunities on the other hand will find what they're after along the Tsimiski shopping boulevard, which is full of boutiques selling international brands.
Greece's second-largest city and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia
approx. 30 km²
- Public transport
Bus network, special «tourist line» with the No. 50 bus
Mediterranean climate. Hot summers, relatively mild winters, but cold spells possible.
- Best time to visit
Spring / early summer and autumn, also high summer for those who can stand the heat.
- Good to know
In Thessaloniki, the best Greek live music is played in what are known as «bouzoukias». These places offer unforgettable concert evenings in a club atmosphere.
- Nice to know
Thessaloniki is also a ferry port for ferries to Greek holiday islands. The boats sail to islands such as Chios, Kos, Samos or Lesbos every day. It is recommended to book ferries sufficiently far in advance.
Macedonia International Airport; about 15 km south east of the city centre
The OASTH bus No. 78 runs into the city centre every 15 to 30 minutes; journey time approx. 40 minutes.
Taxi rank in front of the arrivals hall, journey time to the city centre approx. 25 minutes