Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki showing general coastal views and a city

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.

Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
4 out of 5
13 Tsimiski Street, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is AU$134 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Thessaloniki Port and Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Aristotelous Square and Church of Hagia ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (222 reviews)
"Perfect location, excellent service, very friendly staff"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Colors Urban Hotel Thessaloniki
Makedonia Palace
Makedonia Palace
5 out of 5
2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is AU$277 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alexander the Great Garden and Thessaloniki Archeological Museum. Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (950 reviews)
"Overall it's good. Bath could be more clean. Facilities could be renewed."

Reviewed on 25 Aug. 2021

Makedonia Palace
The Modernist Thessaloniki
The Modernist Thessaloniki
4 out of 5
Ermou 32, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
The price is AU$179 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aristotelous Square and Church of Hagia Sophia. Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (282 reviews)
"The hotel looked like the pictures online, although it felt smaller in person. The building is located very close to the city center. We thought that staff were helpful and made recommendations for food when we asked. Finally, we selected the breakfast option and we enjoyed it. We are lactose intolerant ..."

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2021

The Modernist Thessaloniki
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Ladadika Studios
Ladadika Studios
3 out of 5
Olympiou Diamanti 16, 4th floor, Thessaloniki
The price is AU$64 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Thessaloniki Port and Aristotelous Square. White Tower of Thessaloniki ...
Ladadika Studios
Polis Apartments
Polis Apartments
4 out of 5
Karaoli & Dimitriou ton Kiprion 13, Thessaloniki
The price is AU$92 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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! (158 reviews)
"Beautiful balcony. Spacious apartment. Well equiped."

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Polis Apartments
Olvios Luxury Suites
Olvios Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
4 Eleftheriou Venizelou, Thessaloniki
The price is AU$127 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Thessaloniki City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Tsimiski Street, Thessaloniki Port and Place Katouni. Cinema Museum and Jewish ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Beautiful modern apartments right in the centre
"A beautiful apartment located very centrally in Thessaloniki. Ideal for the bars on the Paralia and a night out in Ladadika. Apparently they only opened in Oct 2019 so everything is very modern & new and the kitchen is well equipped (including a washing machine) - we were in the Gallini apartment. ..."

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Olvios Luxury Suites
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