Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece after Athens, and itself is the capital of Greek Macedonia. It is a welcoming and relaxed city, full of life day and night, where you’ll stumble upon history, art and culture galore. Enriched by cultures that passed through the city over countless centuries, Thessaloniki is a combination of local and far flung flavours. Wander through picturesque neighbourhoods with Macedonian architecture, trail flower filled gardens through narrow streets and quaint squares with local taverna and ouzo bars. Take the chance to sample Thessaloniki’s rich gastronomic tradition, famous far beyond Greek borders, or relax on the beautiful coast as you watch the sun disappear into the Aegean Sea. Eat, explore or shop, and live to the rhythm of a city where nightlife ends just before dawn.
Things to do
Museums and MonumentsHistory lovers will feel right at home in Thessaloniki, with a plethora of museums and relics of history to discover. Visit the waterfront White Tower of Thessaloniki, a reconstruction of a 12th Century Byzantine fortification and the modern symbol of the city, or delve into ancient history in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki or the Museum of Byzantine Culture. For a more modern spin, the sporting history of Thessaloniki and Greece is proudly displayed in the Olympic Museum.
Sea and BeachesOne great advantage of Thessaloniki is the range of beautiful seaside villages close to the city, meaning you can get that balance of city living and beach life. Easily accessible even by public transport, pack your togs, sunscreen and even a picnic to one of the many nearby beaches. With plenty of restaurants and tavernas nearby you can even enjoy a refreshing drink to cool off before heading back to your hotel.
ShoppingTake a stroll through the city and enjoy quality shopping whatever strikes your fancy. Tsimiski Avenue is perhaps its most famous shopping district, situated in the heart of the city, its thoroughfare lined with familiar and local brands alike. The street boasts an eclectic mix of boutiques, high street fashion, delicatessens, bookstores and venders, as well as cinemas and live musicians.
Nightlife, Food & DrinkThessaloniki is the ultimate venue for dancing or dining day and night, effortlessly serving up traditional Greek, Mediterranean and International cuisines. Clubs and bars, restaurants and tavernas, you’ll find it all in Thessaloniki. Whether you want to dance till the morning light, relax with a glass of wine or meander back to your hotel with piping hot souvlaki, Thessaloniki is the place to be.