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7 reasons to visit Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ● 01 September 2017

Beautiful, easy-going, friendly, multicultural and full of unique attractions, Greece's second city is a paradise for people, who want something different. In this article, you will read only some of the reasons that make Thessaloniki worth visiting. The other reasons are waiting for you in the co-capital of Greece.

The White Tower and the beach promenade

The White Tower, which stands near the beach promenade, represents the symbol of the city. It is constructed in the 16th century by the Ottomans, who used it as a fortress and a prison. Today, it hosts the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki. The collection of the museum includes pieces of sculpture and pottery, Byzantine coins and orthodox icons. The beach promenade, a big part of which is today a pedestrian, is one of the biggest assets of the city, which is built literally by the sea.

Thessaloniki by the sea

The Museum of Photography

The Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki is the only museum under the supervision of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece, which is dedicated exclusively to the photography. It plans exhibitions and organises every two years an international photography festival. For the lovers of photography, it is the most important place to visit in this cultural area in Greece.

Aristotle's Square

In the centre of Thessaloniki Town, close to the waterfront, is located the most famous square of the city. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Square of Aristotle is the most wonderful square in Greece. It is a wide, paved square, surrounded by impressive neoclassical buildings. You can find there many cafeterias, restaurants as well as hotels in Thessaloniki and, in a walking distance, the White Tower and the beach promenade.

Aristotle's Square

The Church of Saint Demetrius
This church is part of the Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki, a site which is inscribed since 1988 on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Saint Demetrius is the patron saint of Thessaloniki, and you can see in the church the place where he was martyred.

The Church of Saint Demetrius

Ladadika and Thessaloniki's delicious cuisine

On the west side of the port, you will find the best night spot in the city. Ladadika used to be, due to its close distance to the port, an ill-famous neighbourhood, but now, it is a perfect place to drink ouzo and eat mezedes in the traditional restaurants. Generally, the cuisine of Thessaloniki is famous all over Greece for its creative tastes that come from the Minor Asia and the 19th century. Everywhere in the city but especially in Ladadika, you can eat delicious dishes at very affordable prices.

Castle and Old Town

In the northern part of Thessaloniki, is located the Turkish and Jewish Quarter of the city. This picturesque neighbourhood offers you great opportunities to walk in paved streets and feel that you explore a locus untouched from the civilisation. You will find there many byzantine churches and monasteries as well as the house of Kemal Attaturk. The Castle of Thessaloniki, which is also known as Yedi Kule, is located there, on the top of the hill. It stands just above the Old Town, offering a gorgeous view of the modern city, the port and the surrounding mountains.


Chalkidiki is paradise a breath from Thessaloniki. It is an oasis of stunning beaches with turquoise waters, and its coastline starts only an hour from Thessaloniki. If you have booked your accommodation in Thessaloniki and you are about to spend an amazing weekend there, Chalkidiki is a perfect chance to swim in astonishing sea and sunbathe on the golden sun, feeling totally like being on an island, away from the large city.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Anessis
Hotel Anessis
20, 26th October Str., 54627 Thessaloniki, Greece

Centrally located in Thessaloniki City, Hotel Anessis is within a 10-minute walk from the historic part of the city, Ladadika and from Aristotelous Square. The train station is at 700 m and Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 18 km away.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Kastoria
Hotel Kastoria
17, Leontos Sofou str., 54626 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Kastoria is located just a 5-minute walk from Ladadika, the historic center of Thessaloniki with many restaurants, bars and shops. Eleftherias Square can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot, and Aristotelous Square is at 1 km. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 20 km away.