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Thessaloniki - Makedonia
Thessaloniki, (also known as Salonika or Saloniki,) has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers. It has some of the most beautiful beaches and has some of the finest hotels and best restaurants in northern Greece. Home to the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the International Trade Fair and host to many cultural events, it would take pages and pages to tell you all about the city and surrounding areas and I would have to spend a year there to see it all. But this site should be enough to get you started.
Thessaloniki - Makedonia
Archaeological sites

The ancient forum (dated to the late 2nd or the early 3rd century AD) with squares, porticoes, additional buildings and odeum (293-395 AD), the palace complex of Galerius Maximianus (4th c. AD), the thermae, the hippodrome, the temples and other monuments and moveable finds (among them mosaics of exquisite art) brought to light in excavations and surveys. In the south square, is the famous Stoa of the Idols, which was two-storeyed and lavishly decorated.

The Triumphal Arch of Galerius (Kamara), built in AD 305 to commemorate his military successes in general in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire.

The Rotunda is an early 4th century building which later was converted into a Christian church.

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Byzantine monuments
Thessaloniki, with its host of Byzantine monuments (due to it’s significance during the Byzantine period), justifiably is considered an open-air museum of Byzantine art. Wandering through the city, it is worthwhile to see:

The churches of Acheiropoietos (5th century) a three-aisled, timber-roofed basilica, the Holy Wisdom of God (Hagia Sophia) (7th century), the Panaghia (Virgin) Chalkeon (1028), Hosios David (12th century), St Panteleemon (late 13th or the early 14th century), is of four-columned cross-in-square type, Ayioi Apostoloi (1310-1314),Taxiarches (14th century), Panagouda a three-aisled basilica with significant icons, Agios Ioannis Prodromos (Nymphaion),Vlatadon monastery a 14th century foundation of which only the katholikon and two cisterns within the precinct survive, Ayios Demetrios a splendid basilica dedicated to the patron saint and protector of the city, etc.

The byzantine walls of the city

The archaeological site in 3 Septemvriou St., with remnants of a cemetery basilica, a martyrion and Early Christian graves.

The byzantinebathhouse (late thirteenth century).

The Heptapyrgion castle was raised in stages, from the early years of the Byzantine Age into the Ottoman period.

Thessaloniki - Makedonia
Ottoman monuments

The White Tower (15th century), the hallmark of the city.

The Mosques of the Hamza Bey Cami (15th century), the Aladja Imaret Cami (1484) and the Yeni Cami (1902).

Hamams (turkish bathhouses): The Pazar Hamam (15th century), the Pasha Hamam (15th century), Bey Hamam (16th century), Yeni Hamam and the Yahudi Hamam.

Bezesteni, a rectangular building with lead-covered domes and four entraces was built in the late fifteenth century and operated as a cloth market.

Thessaloniki - Makedonia
Neighbourhoods and focal points in the city

The Old City (Ano Polis), in which many notable examples of Ottoman and traditional Macedonian architecture still stand, alongside humble dwellings put up by the refugees who reached Thessaloniki in droves, after the Greek defeat in Asia Minor, in 1922.

The historical quarter of the Ladadika. In recent years, a series of interventions to rehabilitate the urban fabric have helped to enhance the Ladadika as a quarter for leisure pursuits.

The traditional markets: the Modiano, which is housed in a rectangular building of 1922, with pedimented facade and glass roof; the Kapani or Vlalis market; Athonos Square and the ‘Louloudadika’ (literally flower market).

Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, lined with many representative Neoclassical buildings and examples of late 19th century eclectic architecture.

The central Aristotelous Square, surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 metres.

Thessaloniki - Makedonia
It’s worth seeing the Archaelogical Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Folk and Ethnographic Museum, the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Teloglion Foundation of Art, the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum, the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum, et. al.
Thessaloniki - Makedonia
Thessaloniki is famous for its intense nightlife and the countless entertainment choices it offers for every taste and at all hours and days of the week. In fact, the city is alive almost every night! The evening starts early with a drink at one of the bars located in the city centre, or by the sea or in the different areas of Thessaloniki. Cafés, bars, clubs, live music pubs and alternative clubs – you name it! Below, we mention some of the most famous entertainment places in Thessaloniki and what you will find there:

Valaioritou - Syngrou

This is the region which once constituted the industrial zone in Thessaloniki. Some would compare it to the region of Ladadika in Thessaloniki, and some to Gazi in Athens. Although up until a few years ago, this hang-out area constituted an alternative form of entertainment with very few shops such as cafés, now it has turned into a hang-out area for entertainment in all categories. You will come across bars with jazz, rock and mainstream music and you will have a great time in the winter, as you will in the summer with the innumerable tables on the streets that make it difficult to distinguish the boundaries of each shop. Lately, new shops have opened, such as the “ Partisan”, “Hide n’ Seek” and “Rock n Rolla” on Valaoritou St, “My House” on Leontos Sofou, the “Submarine”, and “Elvis” which has moved its location, along with its customers, from Nikis Ave. to this region, as well as many more.


Alongside the coast, on Nikis Avenue, you will find many shops, cafés, bars and restaurants in Thessaloniki, from the White Tower all the way to the port. It is ideal for all hours of the day, since you can start out in the morning drinking your coffee, relaxing in the afternoon or evening after work, shopping, or start your night outing going out for your first drink. There are many bars along the coast of Thessaloniki that stay open until the early morning hours, while it is suitable for all. As you stroll down alongside Nikis Ave, you will come across some restaurant-bars that are open from morning ‘till night. There are some shops along the New Coast, right where the Concert Hall (Megaron) is located.


The once disreputable region near the port now constitutes one of the most popular hangouts for night entertainment in the city for many years now, hosting some of Thessaloniki’s restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs. The old warehouses and brothels one situated here have been replaced by bars, taverns and ouzeries. The graphic area of the Ladadika with its sidewalks and low, at most, 3-level buildings, once constituted the historic centre of Thessaloniki. It is now a fact that this region is not at the same peak as it was once, and fewer and fewer residents of Thessaloniki prefer this particular area for their night out in the city. Nevertheless, Ladadika is located very close to the port and the coast of Thessaloniki, therefore, you can begin your night outing from there.

Downtown - Rest of Thessaloniki

Anything we say about the nightlife in Thessaloniki would still not do it justice. Thessaloniki is known for its liveliness, entertainment, great mood and nightlife. In the city itself you will come across thousands of cafés, bars, restaurants, entertainment centres, clubs, “bouzoukia”, Greek music clubs and you’ll find your own hang-out spot whatever your preferences may be. Besides the coastline, the Valaioritou area and Ladadika, you will find many worthwhile shops in nearly all the areas of Thessaloniki and downtown. Don’t miss out on visiting Mylo, Vilka, the beach of Aretsous in Kalamaria, the new beach near the Megaron, the bars on Iktinou St, those beneath Agia Sophia, the various cafés and bars on Aristotelous Square and the various shops on the little narrow streets in the centre, for those who prefer a more alternative form of entertainment.
Thessaloniki - Makedonia
During each year, Thessaloniki hosts significant cultural and commercial festivities, such as the Thessaloniki International Fair (every September), the International Thessaloniki Film Festival (every November) and the International Book Fair (every May).

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Pick up from your hotel to begin the sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki. You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower, the main landmark of the city, the Helexpo fairgrounds, the university campus, the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, the Citadel and the City Walls, from where you will have a marvelous view of Thessaloniki! During your tour, there will be a short stop at Aghios Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt, and you will also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum.
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Pick up 06:00 a.m. from your Athens hotel and direct transfer to the port of Piraeus in an air-conditioned environment. Embarkation on a boat. Cruise through the various islands along the way and experience the Cyclades visual. Arrival on Santorini and direct transfer to your hotel.
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