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Aristotelous Square

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

Aristotelous Square is the beating heart of Thessaloniki. Lined with shops, restaurants, bars and hotels, it’s the perfect place to get a feeling for the pace of life in this city. Stretching down to the waterfront, the square opens up to reveal beautiful views of the Thermaikos Gulf. As one of the city’s centre’s only open outdoor spaces, this square is frequently chosen as the site for large public events, from Christmas markets to political speeches. 

Development of the square began after a fire destroyed a significant portion of the city. French architect Ernest Hébrard redesigned the damaged city center in 1918, but most of the construction was delayed until the 1950s. Although the square doesn’t quite live up to the grand design Hébrard proposed, it did become the civic center that he had envisioned. 

As you wander around the square, check out the Electra Palace Hotel, considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Towering over the square, this landmark hotel dates back to the early 1970s and was designed to reflect the city’s historic Byzantine architectural style. 

Browse the shops lining the square and stop by one of the bakeries to try a trigona panoramatos. This sweet cream-filled pastry is said to have originated in Thessaloniki.  

On Mitropoleos Avenue, look out for the city’s famous Olympion Theater. Built in the 1920s, this theater hosts the annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 

The holiday season is one of the best times of year to visit the square, when it hosts the city’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities. As part of a Greek Christmas tradition, an enormous metal structure in the shape of a ship is illuminated in the square every December. Throughout the rest of the year, numerous other concerts, fairs and other cultural events also take place in the square. 

Aristotelous Square is located in the heart of the city. It can be accessed via many of the city’s major bus lines. 


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Electra Palace Thessaloniki $129
Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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Electra Palace Thessaloniki

Electra Palace Thessaloniki

9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    The location couldn’t have been better! Right in the centre of everything, shopping, eating, lakefront.....

    Astoria Hotel $98
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
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    Astoria Hotel

    Astoria Hotel

    Tsimiski & 9 Salaminos Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
       
      3.7 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Hotel close to the city center, clean and tidy, good breakfast and rich. Too bad there are no wall-to-wall carpets in the rooms . Friday dinner was good and in a pleasant atmosphere with a Chabad man

      The Modernist $106
      Reviewed on May 8, 2019
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      The Modernist

      The Modernist

      Ermou 32, Thessaloniki
         
        4.9 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        We loved our staying in this lovely hotel. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. The location is great and the hotel itself is very pleasant.

        Andromeda Hotel Thessaloniki $56
        Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018
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        Andromeda Hotel Thessaloniki

        Andromeda Hotel Thessaloniki

        5 Komninon & Kalapothaki, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Lovely room, comfortable bed. Excellent hotel.

          Tourist Hotel $59
          Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019
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          Tourist Hotel

          Tourist Hotel

          21 Mitropoleos Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
             
            4.2 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Beautiful building - kept immaculately- quiet and central to town

            Nea Metropolis $39
            Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018
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            Nea Metropolis

            Nea Metropolis

            22 Siggrou Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
               
              3.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              CLOSE TO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY STAFF CLEAN ROOM COMFY BED

              Makedonia Palace
              Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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              Makedonia Palace

              Makedonia Palace

              2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                The property is on the walk board the hotel is in a very good condition.

                Mandrino Hotel $40
                Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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                Mandrino Hotel

                Mandrino Hotel

                Egnatia 29 & Antigonidon 2, Thessaloniki
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Hotel is very clean and close to shopping and downtown. Breakfast was very good with good selection.