Thessaloniki provides unrivalled access to a diversity of landscapes and the preserved attractions of its 3000 year old history.
Second city of Greece, after Athens, Thessaloniki is hard to beat for sheer vibrancy and liveliness, offering an amazing wealth of cultural attractions and entertainment. Situated in northern Greece, a visit to Thessaloniki provides unrivalled access to a diversity of landscapes and the preserved attractions of its 3000 year-old history. A university city, it throngs with life all year round in its buzzing nightlife, thriving eateries, varied shopping and extensive choice of things to see and do.
Who holidays here:
If you love exploring the reminders of times past, and enjoy a wide range of entertainments, come to Thessaloniki; you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s ideal for inquisitive young families and couples of all ages, with something to please all tastes
Thessaloniki is on the eastern coast of the Thermaic Gulf at its northern edge, hemmed by Mount Chortiatis to the southeast. The city covers an area of nearly 600 square miles and incorporates coastal beaches and hilly inclines. It is known for its vibrant city culture, having the most cafe's and bars per-capita than any other city in Europe as well as some of the liveliest nightlife and entertainment in the country. This is in part due to its youthful university population and multicultural feel. Trendy bars and restaurants cater to all tastes and can be found along pedestrianised streets bursting with life and thronging with the accoutrements of al fresco dining. There is always something going on here.
At its centre, surrounded by ancient Byzantine city walls, are the commercial district, the campus of Aristotle University and the historic heart where most of the attractions for tourists are to be found. The upper town, or Ano Poli, is a UNESCO heritage district north of the city centre which escaped the great fire of 1917; its traditional old houses, small cobbled streets, Byzantine citadel, and the fort remain for visitors to see today. History buffs will enjoy exploring the numerous churches to be found throughout the city - the frescoes in the church of St Nicolaos Orfanos are not to be missed - or the many museums in the city with artefacts representing the changing history and occupations of the area over three millennia.
Take any road downhill and you will reach the sea. The picturesque promenade runs from the old port to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. From the fortified White Tower dating back to 16th century - Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark - the sea front broadens out to include gardens and food stalls with youngsters cycling and skating before you; the atmosphere is lively. Several marinas are dotted along the coast, the best known being Kalamaria, southeast of the city. World Championship yachting takes place here each year, though the Thermaic Gulf offers challenging waters.