Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki featuring a city and general coastal views

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

The Met Hotel
The Met Hotel
5 out of 5
48, 26th October Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54627
The price is £122 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (607 reviews)
"Met Hotel is great. Staff is super nice, hotel is great."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

The Met Hotel
Makedonia Palace
Makedonia Palace
5 out of 5
2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54640
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £146 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (973 reviews)
"I love the ocean front property and the mountain view. The hotel has state of the art rooms."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2022

Makedonia Palace
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
5 out of 5
9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 546 24
The price is £133 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"Beautiful view. Great facilities."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2022

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
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Polis Apartments
Polis Apartments
4 out of 5
Karaoli & Dimitriou ton Kiprion 13, Thessaloniki, 54630
The price is £43 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (174 reviews)
"Very clean everywhere, beautiful apartment, great customer service and very good location!"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2022

Polis Apartments
Segundo Molo
Segundo Molo
4 out of 5
19 Mitropoleos, Thessaloniki, 546 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and laundry facilities. Popular attractions White Tower ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Small but comfortable
"Very clean room however quite small, all basic facilities where clean and good. Nice water shower pressure."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

Segundo Molo
Roomore Apartments
Roomore Apartments
3.5 out of 5
ARISTOTELOUS 12, Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKIS, 54624
The price is £76 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and a furnished balcony. Popular attractions White Tower of Thessaloniki and Aristotelous ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Roomore Apts
"They whole process is extremely easy and straight forward, the rooms are very very spacious and modern, and clean. Location is perfect, right downtown, with walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and historical sites. Excellent place"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2021

Roomore 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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