Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki city breaks

If there’s a shining example of city meets sun, it’s Thessaloniki. You can expect waterfront scenery, a knockout list of historic sites, and cosmopolitan dining spots for both the well-heeled and urban explorers. It’s time to be the architect of your own gorgeous Greek city break.
Sightseeing galore

Sightseeing galore

Your to-do list is going to be jam-packed in Thessaloniki. The iconic White Tower acts as a gateway to a web of squares and avenues for shoppers and eager foodies, while there are bazaars, remnants of the city’s past, and the glistening harbour. It’s a multicultural melting pot, with fragments of many civilisations’ histories.

A tapestry of districts

A tapestry of districts

Past the 2,300-year-old port, this vibrant urban jungle is filled with possibilities. It’s split out into districts, so you’ll easily be able to discover the spoils of each, one at a time. Ladadika is all about fun and good times, Valaoritou is more commercial, and Aristotelous Square is the centre of everything.

Mediterranean moments

Mediterranean moments

This city gets particularly stylish when it comes to cuisine. Greek gastronomy is well known, but it mingles nicely with modern, international influences, too. Tapas fans can opt for a meze platter for a similar light-bite experience. Sticky pastries are great for sweet tooths, while you can’t beat an end-of-the-night ouzeri for a nightcap.

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Thessaloniki City, Thessaloniki

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  • Great for shopping
  • 80m from Tsimiski Street
  • 160m from Aristotelous Square
  • Roof garden
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Thessaloniki City, Thessaloniki

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  • Great for nightlife
  • 160m from Aristotelous Square
  • 1.2km from The White Tower
  • Modern design
  • Close to bars and restaurants
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Arch of Galerius and Rotunda

Arch of Galerius and Rotunda

Thessaloniki

Meet Thessaloniki’s most distinctive Roman structure. The Arch of Galerius neighbours the Rotunda, which were both built way back in the 4th century. They were pretty grand in their heyday, but now only...
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Dig up pieces of the city’s past. Hellenistic and Roman artefacts from Thessaloniki and Macedonia have been recovered and put on show. It was established in 1912 and – as it’s been going so...
Aristotle Square

Aristotle Square

Thessaloniki

The main square is the bubbling centre of this stunning city. It’s one of the most impressive of its kind in Greece, and is lined by 12 large, mansion-like buildings. To the right, you’ll spot the...

Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

€3.50

4-trip 120-minute bus pass

€2

Three-course meal

€20

Sightseeing
The New Waterfront gives a picturesque front-of-house look to Thessaloniki. There’s a lot to explore – both old and new – including walls and now modern hangouts too, like trendy bars. Wind around the many museums, like the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum, Teloglion Foundation of Art, and Archaeological Museum.
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Eating and drinking
When it comes to street food, you can’t fault gyros. These wraps are made of pita bread, and stuffed with roasted meat and fresh salad. Enjoy a sit-down meal and order local specialties, like patsa (tripe soup) and bougatsa (a sweet, cream-filled pastry). Spicy lamb and aubergines are also winning regional staples.
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Shopping
This is where the districts are extra handy. Get set for shopping heaven, with malls and department stores around nearly every corner. Tsimiski Street hosts the city’s biggest range of shops, where you can snap up jewellery and tech. Mitropoleos Street is better for clothes and shoes.
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Getting around
The best way to see all the little nooks and hidden gems is to get around by foot. But the OASTH bus company offers super-low fares for single journeys and multiple trips. You’re only looking at a few euros, and you’ll be able to get on and off at different routes.
8-16 September 2018 – Thessaloniki International Fair
This trade fair shows off the best bits of what the city has to offer. The festival lays on all sorts of cultural and entertainment stalls.
March 2019 – International Thessaloniki Film Festival
A bit more underground than the Cannes equivalent, this film festival shows off indie Greek cinema and champions smaller screenings. There are various different dates.

Please note, the event dates above are just a guide and could be subject to change.

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