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Visit Thessaloniki

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

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Thessaloniki City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(88 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Thessaloniki City Centre, Church of Hagia Sophia and Aristotelous Square are top sights worth seeing.

Thessaloniki City Centre
Ladadika, Thessaloniki, Greece
trover photo by Sofia Mis

Ladadika

5/5Exceptional!(2 reviews)

Travellers come to Ladadika for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Thessaloniki Port and Place Katouni while you're in town.

Ladadika
Byzantine Walls featuring landscape views, heritage elements and a coastal town

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(2 reviews)

Travellers like the historical sites in Old Town, and Church of Hosios David is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Old Town
Ano Poli, Greece
trover photo by Sofia Mis

Ano Poli

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Ano Poli. You might want to make time for a stop at Monastery of Vlatadon or Church of Hosios David.

Ano Poli

Top hotels in Thessaloniki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Makedonia Palace
Makedonia Palace
5 out of 5
2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
£124
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alexander the Great Garden, Museum of Byzantine Culture and White Tower ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,016 reviews)

"It's very modern and doesn't look like a palace, but service was good. They do try their best to help out"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Makedonia Palace
The Met Hotel
The Met Hotel
5 out of 5
48, 26th October Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
£101
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

This family-friendly Thessaloniki hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Thessaloniki Port, Tsimiski Street and Cinema Museum. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (505 reviews)

"The property is located close to ladadika with some incredible places to relax and dine. The promenade Which starts nearby takes you all of the way into the downtown area with incredible views of the Thermaic Gulf. In terms of service the hotel staff are attentive and incredibly diligent , aiming ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

The Met Hotel
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
5 out of 5
9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
£125
per night
5 Jan-6 Jan

Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsimiski Street and Aristotelous Square. Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Church ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (920 reviews)

"The location is the best in town. All was perfect besides the fact that there are not enough electric outlet in the room"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Electra Palace Thessaloniki

Popular things to do in Thessaloniki

White Tower of Thessaloniki
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White Tower of Thessaloniki

4.5/5(43 reviews)

This distinctly shaped tower has evolved alongside Thessaloniki over the centuries and now houses a museum dedicated to the city’s history. 

Aristotelous Square
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Aristotelous Square

4.5/5(46 reviews)

Visit Thessaloniki’s main square, a busy gathering place for locals and the site of major events throughout the year.

Arch of Galerius
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Arch of Galerius

4.5/5(28 reviews)

See one of Thessaloniki’s most famous monuments, a symbol of the city and an intriguing example of 4th-century Roman architecture. 

Museum of Byzantine Culture
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Museum of Byzantine Culture

5/5(13 reviews)

Home to one of the country’s finest collections of Byzantine art, this museum presents an overview of a significant period in Thessaloniki’s history.

Church of Hagia Sophia
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Church of Hagia Sophia

4.5/5(28 reviews)

See the city’s largest Byzantine church to discover a centuries-old religious site and the striking artwork found in its interior.  

Church of Saint Demetrius
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Church of Saint Demetrius

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Pay homage to Thessaloniki’s patron saint, the Roman martyr Dimitrios, whose relics are held in this ancient church, which is considered one of the most important in the city.

Top activities in Thessaloniki

Small-Group Tastes of Thessaloniki
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Small-Group Tastes of Thessaloniki

£81

Sample the traditional flavors of Greece and explore the ancient streets of Thessaloniki—founded in 315 BC—on this walking tour. Weave your way through personality-rich marketplaces and sip coffee alongside locals as you discover the spice of life on the Mediterranean coast.

Meteora Day Trip from Thessaloniki via Train
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Meteora Day Trip from Thessaloniki via Train

£90

Discover the monasteries at Meteora, a truly spectacular collection of buildings built atop and carved into massive stone monoliths. They are a wonder to behold and worthy of a day away from Thessaloniki.

Made In Thessaloniki Small Group Shop like a Local Tour
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Made In Thessaloniki Small Group Shop like a Local Tour

£84

We will start our day just as the local Greeks do, sipping a freshly brewed Greek coffee. You’ll learn all about this coffee culture from one of the oldest traders. If you look around at the other customers in the coffee shop, you will probably notice that most of the men are playing with kombolói, or “worry beads.

Thessaloniki 2,5h Food and Culture Tour
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Thessaloniki 2,5h Food and Culture Tour

£55

Your host will greet you inside the Port of Thessaloniki, across Eleftherias Square (in front of the white mast) and will take you through a tasty journey where you will immerse into the richness of the Thessalonian local life.

Thessaloniki walking Tour
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Thessaloniki walking Tour

£37

The tour begins at the White Tower of Thessaloniki, which is the most commonly known monument of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the city because of its prominent position, long history and implosive architecture.

Cooking Class with Distinguished Chefs
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Cooking Class with Distinguished Chefs

£26

We meet our Chef and his team and all together we prepare the traditional tzatziki learning all the little secrets for an extraordinary result. Then we have a short break for the time-honored greek coffee and homemade cookies.

Reviews of Thessaloniki

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Is was good for clubbing, but some area are dirty and run down..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Oct 2019

Wonderful place, can't reccomend it enough.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

We both really loved Thessaloniki as it is a lovely city with a very friendly feel about it and always felt safe and comfortable everywhere we went and looking forwards to going back soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Oct 2019

The market was great just to wander around. Also the tourist bus, just to get your bearings. We found everywhere very easy to walk to. It is a busy city and lots of traffic. We also went on pirate ship, it is free as long as you buy a drink.