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 to 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 of 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 and 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 ways 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.

LOCALS KNOW BEST

City Hotel

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City Hotel**** is a hotel with urban nature design decoration that has been renovated in 2012. City Hotel is situated right in the heart of Thessaloniki’s commercial and cultural center. It belongs to Macedonian Hotels Group of Tornivoukas family.
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11 Komninon Str., 54624, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310269421
Fax: 2310240715

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

The Excelsior

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The Excelsior is a 5 star luxury hotel in the center of Thessaloniki, hosted in a historical building dating back to 1925. Brilliantly situated next to Aristotelous square, in the heart of the business and shopping district of Thessaloniki, The Excelsior combines all modern facilities and unrivalled concierge services of a privately managed five-star hotel, with the heart-warming atmosphere of an elegant home.
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10 Komninon St. & 23 Mitropoleos Av., 54624, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 2310021020
Fax: 2310021030

Hotel Nikopolis 5*

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Welcome to Hotel Nikopolis Thessaloniki, the most fascinating and luxurious modern hotel of the city. Hotel Nikopolis Thessaloniki is a 5 star Boutique City Resort, built in an area of 25.000 sqm. The Hotel is situated 3 km from “Makedonia” airport and 20 minutes from Thessaloniki’s city center. It’s location, at the heart of a wide and continuously growing district of commercial activity, positions the Hotel as a destination for the business travelers.
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16-18 Asklipiou, Thessaloniki, Greece, 57001, Pylaia, THESSALONIKI
T. 00302310401000
Fax: 00302310401030

Makedonia Palace

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Makedonia Palace: not just a luxury hotel.... a landmark.What makes a luxury hotel really stand out? Makedonia Palace offers 283 rooms and suites and redefines the meaning of luxury stay thanks to its“strategic” position.Right in front of the hotel, the redesigned seafront of Thessaloniki with the...
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2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, 54640, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI
T. 302310897197
Fax: 302310897211

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