Thessaloniki

A warm and generous city

From the ancient Greek Symposium to the meetings and events of present day, people convene to exchange ideas and goods, and they transform the world as they do so.

At the crossroads of East and West, the city of Thessaloniki has been witnessing these transformations for millennia as a proud host of great people and historic events. Today, the capital of the region of Central Macedonia and the second largest Greek city, Thessaloniki, is a significant business hub for Southeast Europe and a remarkable place to visit.

The city of Thessaloniki is a vibrant modern metropolis. Built on the waters of the North Aegean Sea, the city and its 1 million inhabitants are renowned for their hospitality and easy going lifestyle.

It takes a walk on the "paralia" - the longest urban waterfront in Europe - to relax and feel the charm of this unique Greek city.

The city is easy to explore. You can go anywhere in about 30 minutes. A modern International airport is just 15 km to the east, a railway station is in walking distance from the city centre, buses and taxis are trustworthy and inexpensive - everything in Thessaloniki puts you at ease. The climate is no exeption: typically Mediterranean with warm-to-hot summers, mild winters and an annual average of 300 days of sunshine.

Warm and generous, Thessaloniki is at the same time historic and avant-garde: a mosaic of cultures, a safe haven for creative people and the perfect spot for international business and academic meetings.

City Attractions

  • The ‘White Tower’ the absolute symbol of Thessaloniki – An exhibition of the history and art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period between 300 and 1430 AD. There is a small cafe with a great view at the top.
  • The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century.
  • The Museum of Byzantine Culture: Much of the country’s finest Byzantine art-priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: The most widely visited museum in Thessaloniki, near the White Tower and fairgrounds. Displaying sculpture of the archaic, classical and Roman periods.
  • Moni Lazariston- by the monastic order of the Brothers of Mercy, and now used for cultural events.
  • Mylos – (literally mill). An old industrial complex, built in 1924, today have been remodeled to house cultural events and leisure activities, as well as the industrial buildings of the old FIX Brewery and the VILKA plant.
  • The picturesque district ‘Ladadika’ and the port of the city.

Dining & Nightlife

  • Aristotelous Square – surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 meters and the waterfront avenue of the city (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.
  • Navarinou Square – Full of university student’s haunts (open air cafes overlooking the ruins of the imperial palace).
  • Valaoritoy district – The new trendy neighborhood where restaurants, bars and live music scenes.
  • Bar rows in the city center – cluster of bars with distinct character can be found at Lori Margariti, Nikiforou Foka, Zefxidos and Valaoritou streets.

Shopping

  • Modiano, Kapani and Athonos Market Halls – colorful covered halls, selling food and inexpensive clothes; there are a lot of beautiful taverns with Greek traditional music. They mostly have brilliant food.
  • Tsimiski- Street – is the main shopping street and where visitors will find a selection of retailers typical of a high street. Popular international brand named goods and domestically made products share equal space in this busy retail area.
  • Pastry Shops – The sweet temptations in Thessaloniki are many and the visitor can find them located in every district and every neighborhood. Every patisserie has its own character and specialty.
  • Proxenou Koromila Street – the city’s most up market shopping area, where most Thessaloniki haute couture as well as international designer boutiques can be found.

Opening hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 09:30 to 14:30
  • Tuesday , Thursday and Friday from 09:30 to 14:30 and from 17:30 to 20:30
  • Department stores and supermarkets are open from 09:00 to 20:00 (Monday to Friday) and from 09:00 to 18:00 (Saturday) and are closed on Sunday.