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

The Met Hotel
The Met Hotel
5 out of 5
48, 26th October Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54627
The price is $125 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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 our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (639 reviews)
"Fantastic."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

The Met Hotel
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Electra Palace Thessaloniki
5 out of 5
9, Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 546 24
The price is $129 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"The swimming pool is too small. There are not enough poolside-beds for suntanning, relaxing at the pool. because the pool is so small, it is VERY loud, you are stacked on top of each other....to be honest this pool experience was a NIGHTMARE!"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Electra Palace Thessaloniki
Makedonia Palace
Makedonia Palace
5 out of 5
2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54640
The price is $161 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Excellent customer service!! Great hotel!!"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Makedonia Palace
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, 54630
The price is $47 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, airport pick-up service, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"Enjoyed staying in this part of town. Late check in was simple given the assistance from Polis staff. The apartment was clean and comfortable to stay in."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Polis Apartments
Penthouse Apartments, The Luxury Suites
Penthouse Apartments, The Luxury Suites
3 out of 5
8 Orfanidou, Thessaloniki, 546 25
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions White Tower of Thessaloniki and Jewish Museum ...
Penthouse Apartments, The Luxury Suites
Olvios Design Suite
Olvios Design Suite
3.5 out of 5
Kalapothaki 3, Thessaloniki, 546 24
The price is $135 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Thessaloniki. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the WiFi and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"This location is top notch. We enjoyed staying in this suite plus the proximity to the Port was great. My two teenage boys enjoyed the use of the wifi and Smart TV, plus the pullout bed was very comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

Olvios Design Suite
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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