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Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki which includes 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

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
5 out of 5
9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is $150 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsimiski Street and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of Thessaloniki is 0.7 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"Location!!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
4 out of 5
13 Tsimiski Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is $79 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thessaloniki Port, Aristotelous Square, and Church of Hagia Sophia. Arch of Galerius ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (214 reviews)
Very nice Hotel
"Clean, modern, and colorful hotel with an excellent location. The room was quite nice and the staff was pleasant and attentive. There is only one small elevator so we had to wait for a bit every time (stayed on the 4th floor) but that's wasn't a big problem. The breakfast was nice but repetitive ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
5 out of 5
Antigonidon, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
The price is $99 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aristotelous Square, Roman Forum of Thessaloniki, and Church of Saint Demetrius. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"Excellent location , comfortable room, taster room service breakfast and most important - helpful staff headed by a great manager . Thank you all!"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Antigon Urban Chic Hotel
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.
Polis Apartments
Polis Apartments
4 out of 5
Karaoli & Dimitriou ton Kiprion 13, Thessaloniki
The price is $44 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aristotelous Square and Roman Forum of Thessaloniki. White Tower of Thessaloniki ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (152 reviews)
"Great serviced apartments in an excellent location in the centre of Thessaloniki (perfect to explore both the port and Ladadika areas (downhill) and Ano Poli (uphill). Really clean and spacious rooms with a kitchenette and balcony and everything you could need for a city break. Supermarket across ..."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Polis Apartments
Kripis Studios Thessaloniki
Kripis Studios Thessaloniki
3 out of 5
Akropoleos 28c, Thessaloniki
Located in Old Town Thessaloniki, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of St. Nicholas Orphanos, Aristotelous Square, and White Tower of Thessaloniki. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (61 reviews)
Very good
"The property was very good and clean. The manager was very nice and cooperative. Reading the emails the property sends prior to check in very well is important because one thing we got surprised with was that there is no elevator and the mini bar was empty. The more expensive sea-view option was ..."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Kripis Studios Thessaloniki
Center Country Style Apartment Helexpo
Center Country Style Apartment Helexpo
3 out of 5
10 Peloponnisou, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Saint Demetrius and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of ...
Center Country Style Apartment Helexpo
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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