THESSALONIKI

A MOSAIC OF CULTURES, A KALEIDOSCOPE OF EXPERIENCES

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Aerial view of the White Tower square

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.


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.

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Basilico

Basilico
Basilico restaurant is located in Thessaloniki, at Nikis Avenue 49. It features Mediterranean cuisine and specializes in the best traditional pizza! The flavors are either soft or strong. The unique and fresh ingredients of the recipes, would travel your mind to Italy and the most beautiful corners...
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49 Leoforos Nikis Thessaloniki
T. 2310252272

Gialema

Gialema
The greek tavern Gialema on the beach of Neoi Epivates offers greek cuisine and traditional greek delicacies. Relaxing atmosphere and decoration that will remind you of greek islands, tables on the sand and excellent service set the scene for a lovely meal at noon after swimmming or during evening...
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Kountouriotou 49 Neoi Epivates
T. 2392306746

Stelki tou Varonou

Stelki tou Varonou
Steki tou Varonou mezedopoleio in Evosmos of Thessaloniki offers greek cuisine and traditional delicacies. It is a picturesque greek taverna opened from early morning for coffee to late at night for greek specialities and local specialities that you will accompany with wine and greek ouzo. Blue and...
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143 Karaoli & Dimitriou St. Evosmos
T. 6971883382,6974752071

Petrino

Petrino
Petrino in the center of Thessaloniki is a genuine greek tavern in Thessaloniki with a long history and fine traditional greek cuisine. During the last 17 years, food lovers of Thessaloniki have been visiting the most popular area of the city to enjoy homemade delicacies and fine wine at Petrino...
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4 Peloponnisou St. Thessaloniki
T. 2310210811

Mparko

Mparko
Mparko restaurant in Ilioupoli is famous for its fresh seafood and its greek cuisine. The traditional and welcoming space is ideal for both friends and family. At Mparko restaurant you will find only homemade recipes prepared with the freshest ingredients of the greek market. At Mparko restaurant...
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2 Aristofanous & Makrigianni St. Ano Ilioupoli
T. 2310662280

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