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Thessaloniki
Travel Guide

On the shores of the Thermaikos Gulf, the second-largest city in Greece offers historic buildings, traditional cuisine, beach resorts and nightlife.

Frescoed Byzantine churches, Roman remains, beaches and an energetic nightlife make Thessaloniki one of Greece’s most fascinating tourist destinations. Visit the second-largest city in the country for its relaxed coastal atmosphere and proud display of more than 2,000 years of history.

Get acquainted with the city by walking the cobblestone streets of the upper town and admiring the traditional Greek and Ottoman houses. Appreciate the sculptures that decorate the imposing 4th-century Arch of Galerius. Stop for coffee and some bougatsa, traditional pastries with a savory or sweet filling, at one of the city’s numerous bougatsa stores.

Savor the sights, sounds and tastes of the Modiano Market at stalls heaped with cheeses, spices, vegetables and fish, and barrels filled to the brim with olives. Join locals on their evening stroll, called a volta, along the 3-mile (5-kilometer) seaside promenade. Cruise the harbor on a small boat.

Thessaloniki was founded in 315 B.C. and has been ruled by Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Echoes of these civilizations can be felt in the buildings they left behind. Tour the city’s ancient sites including the Byzantine walls, the 16th-century White Tower and the Roman Forum. Visit Byzantine churches that are more than 1,000 years old and see the 15th-century Hamza Bey Mosque.

The sea is close at hand. Sunbathe and enjoy watersports at Agia Triada, Perea, Epanomi and Nea Michaniona, all within 18 miles (30 kilometers) of the city center.

For evening entertainment, start with a drink in a waterfront bar, then move on to a traditional taverna. Catch live music at a downtown bouzoukia club and dance at a late-night spot in Ladadika Quarter.

Reach Thessaloniki by flying into Macedonia International Airport, 11 miles (17 kilometers) south of the city. Alternatively, make the 320-mile (516-kilometer) trip from Athens by train, bus or rental car. Get around by bus, taxi, car or on foot. With one of the best Mediterranean climates, Thessaloniki’s coast, culture and history can be enjoyed year-round.

Where to stay in Thessaloniki

Top hotels in Thessaloniki

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
5 out of 5
9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is £109 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsimiski Street and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of Thessaloniki is 0.7 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)

"Very elegant old property that has been remodeled beautifully"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
5 out of 5
Antigonidon, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
The price is £113 per night from 24 Mar to 25 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aristotelous Square, Roman Forum of Thessaloniki and Church of Saint Demetrius. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (162 reviews)

"Excellent location , comfortable room, taster room service breakfast and most important - helpful staff headed by a great manager . Thank you all!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
Mediterranean Palace Hotel
Mediterranean Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Salaminos 3 and Karatassou, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is £105 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Thessaloniki Port and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of Thessaloniki is ...

4.4/5Excellent! (364 reviews)

"The staff was excellent and went out of their way to make the vacation. The hotel is great, but our side of the hotel faced some bars and you could tell when it was closing time."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Mediterranean Palace Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Thessaloniki

Roomore Apartments
Roomore Apartments
3.5 out of 5
ARISTOTELOUS 12, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKIS
The price is £87 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Aristotelous Square and Thessaloniki Port. Arch of Galerius and White ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Perfect rooms in perfect location

"Amazing rooms in the center of Thessaloniki"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Roomore Apartments
Spacious Aristotelous Penthouse
Spacious Aristotelous Penthouse
3.5 out of 5
Aristotelous 12, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is £132 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Tsimiski Street and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of Thessaloniki is 0.7 mi ...

Spacious Aristotelous Penthouse
Polis Apartments
Polis Apartments
4 out of 5
Karaoli & Dimitriou ton Kiprion 13, Thessaloniki
The price is £38 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aristotelous Square and Roman Forum of Thessaloniki. White Tower of Thessaloniki ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (153 reviews)

"Great serviced apartments in an excellent location in the centre of Thessaloniki (perfect to explore both the port and Ladadika areas (downhill) and Ano Poli (uphill). Really clean and spacious rooms with a kitchenette and balcony and everything you could need for a city break. Supermarket across ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Polis Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Thessaloniki

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5/5 - Excellent

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29 Jan 2020

Lovely vibrant city

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jan 2020

The old town in Thessaloniki, Ano Poli, is just lovely and definitely worth a visit. It is so beautiful and very historic

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Jan 2020

Great city to visit and Park Hotel in great location to walk to all areas

3/5 - Okay

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29 Dec 2019

Traffic jams and overall transport system very poor

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Oct 2019

A great city Lots going on, great restaurants, cafes, and bars And of course all the history A great place to visit

4/5 - Good

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22 Oct 2019

A wonderful Greek city. Real nice people, lots of authentic food, nice bars and a massive promenade. A great place to feel relaxed and excited all on the same trip. We never felt ripped off or unsafe during our week long trip.

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