THESSALONIKI

A MOSAIC OF CULTURES, A KALEIDOSCOPE OF EXPERIENCES

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Warm and generous, Thessaloniki is at the same time historic and avant-garde: the second largest city in Greece, ideal for a city break, a mosaic of cultures and fascinating holiday moments


Located in Macedonia, in Northern Greece, there is a city unlike anywhere else in Greece. Thessaloniki is a sprawling urban centre, a cultural melting pot, where dreams, ideas, visions and trends percolate in an alternative, avant garde scene. Its history is written upon everything you see the Thermaic Gulf, the White Tower, Nikis Avenue, Aristotelous Square, Mitropoleos Avenue, Tsimiski Avenue, Ladadika, Modiano Market, Bit Bazaar and the Old City.

For thousands of years, this northern port-town has been a meeting point for people of different cultures. Impressive attractions, cafes, bars, traditional tavernas, gourmet restaurants, a lively nightlife – you’ll find everything here in Thessaloniki, the beautiful ‘bride of the Thermaic Gulf’.

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Thessaloniki: a multicultural centre
Trace the civilisations and peoples that have left their mark on this great city of Thessaloniki. The Palace, the Triumphal Arch and the impressive Rotunda offer an insight into the reign of emperor Galerius Maximilianos (early 4th century) and formed the city’s administrative and religious centre in Roman times. Or the Jewish Museum, in an elegant listed building from 1904 on Agiou Mina Street, recreating the life of the Jewish community in pre-war Salonica and its subsequent extermination by the Nazis. Finally, don’t forget to visit the former home of Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey.

Or wander the narrow lanes of Ano Poli, one of the oldest districts of Thessaloniki, above the modern town. There you’ll admire the numerous attractions, most of which are castles and religious monuments; the Trigoniou Tower, with its amazing view; the Eptapyrgio fortifications; Ottoman monuments; the Vlatades monastery and the Byzantine churches of Osios David and Agios Nikolaos Orfanos. This is the most unspoilt district of the old city. And let’s not forget, of course, the iconic 16th century White Tower, by Aristotelous Square in the city centre.


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Travel to a fun and vibrant city
The White Tower, Ano Poli, Aristotelous Avenue, shopping on Tsimiski Street, bar hopping on Valaoritou Avenue, the International Film Festival held in the warehouses of the port, live music at Ladadika’s eateries, walks through the vaulted arches and the open air markets, visits to museums and Byzantine monuments… the ideal city-break destination. 

In the city centre, the atmosphere is filled with a youthful energy, all day and all night. With every step you’ll discover hidden treasures;  historic cafes, cosy bars, as well as  clubs with impressive designs in renovated industrial spaces and music venues in old warehouses, hosting live rock concerts. Nightlife is one of the city’s strengths. Follow the locals to their favourite haunts, and let them guide you through Thessaloniki’s secrets, sure to satisfy all styles and tastes. In this city in Northern Greece, fun is a local tradition, just like the warm soup you’ll be served when the sun comes up.

Gastronomy of Thessaloniki
Leaving Thessaloniki, you’ll take with you thousands of memories, and a few (worthwhile) kilos. High-end restaurants and historic eateries, trendy dining options, as well as out-of-the-way ouzeris, tavernas and all-day restaurants will offer you a lifetime’s worth of foodie fun. Istanbul and Pontos, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, Macedonia and Thrace… all these cultures will make their way onto your plate.

Thessaloniki’s gastronomy reflects the melting pot of cultures that this city has been for centuries. Its cuisine is known for its meze (small plates intended for sharing) that the 1920s refugees brought with them. They also brought the tradition of patsa (tripe soup) and Thessaloniki’s world-famous bougatsa (a sweet-cream breakfast pastry).

An experienced business tourism destination
Thessaloniki, the business hub of the Balkans, also offers excellent infrastructure. The city hosts several major exhibitions and conferences every year, including the International Film Festival and the Thessaloniki International Exhibition. 

Your off-duty needs will also be well-covered with good food and entertainment options, rich history and culture, excellent museums, popular pedestrian walkways and brand-name shopping. Spectacular, internationally-renowned archaeological sites of Greece are easily accessible from Thessaloniki, at Philippi, Pella, Ancient Dion and Vergina.


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Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki
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A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE THERMAIC GULF
Are you looking for the perfect place in Thessaloniki to enjoy the view of the Thermaic Gulf? ‘The Independent’ suggests the Roof Garden of the Electra Palace Hotel, for spectacular views of the Gulf as far as Mount Olympus.
Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki
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GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARDS: ART ON A PLATE
Are you in Thessaloniki and want to try elevated, high-end Greek cuisine? You’re lucky. The city has two Golden Chef’s Hat award-winning restaurants. Head to Alfredo’s Grand Dining or to Anassa and experience their chefs’ artistic creations.

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Holiday Inn Thessaloniki

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Holiday Inn Thessaloniki provides excellent facilities and superb services, sealed with the global reassurance of the international hotel chain. It is situated in the business and cultural centre of the city, offering immediate access to commercial areas, entertainment venues and historical sights.
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Monastiriou 8, 54629, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. +302310563100
Fax: +302310563101

Nea Metropolis Hotel

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Hotel ¨Nea Metropolis¨ provides its services continuously since 1926. Housed in a neoclassical building in the heart of Thessaloniki at Singrou Street, offering visitors a quiet and pleasant stay. Every corner of the city center is easily accessible on foot,  just a few minutes away.
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22 Siggrou street, Thessaloniki, 54630, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310 525540
Fax: 2310 539910

Domotel Les Lazaristes

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Domotel Les Lazaristes was built on the place of an old tobacco industry of the mid 20th century, the time when the smell of tobacco embraced the whole area and the blossoming of the activity had established Thessaloniki as one of the most important European centers of the tobacco trade. Since the...
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16, Kolokotroni str., 56430, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310647400
Fax: 2310647484

Mediterranean Palace Hotel

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The Mediterranean Palace Hotel is located in the very heart of Thessaloniki, just in front of the city’s main harbor overlooking the blue of the Thermaikos Bay. The hotel has six room floors with 111 Deluxe Rooms, 5 Junior Suites, 1 Executive and 1 Presidential Suite. Front top-floor rooms have an exceptional view over the fascinating colors of Thermaikos.
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3, Salaminos & Karatassou Str., 546 26, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310552554
Fax: 2310552622

Porto Palace Hotel

Porto Palace Hotel
Porto Palace Hotel is the embodiment of affordable luxury. That means that you enjoy all the perks, style and innovation of upmarket accommodation. Porto Palace Hotel offers 179 luxury rooms for Thessaloniki’s most comfortable sleeps. The Porto Palace room is designed to make you feel at home.
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65, 26th Octovriou Avenue, 54628, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310504504
Fax: 2310540384

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