9 things to see in Thessaloniki
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9 things to see in Thessaloniki

Macedonia ● Thessaloniki ● 16 December 2016
 

Beautiful, friendly and full of cultural attractions, Greece's second city is a paradise for people, who want something different. Here is a list of the top things you can see in Thessaloniki.

1. The White Tower
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.

2. The Archaeological Museum
The aim of this museum is to present exhibits from the civilisation that evolved in Macedonia (Greece) from the Prehistoric Times till present.

3. The Old Town (Ano Poli)
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.

4. The Castle
The Castle of Thessaloniki is also known as Yedi Kule, which is the Turkish name of the prison, which was located there, on a hill. It stands just above the Old Town, offering a gorgeous view of the modern city, the port and the surrounding mountains.

5. Ladadika
On the west side of the port, you will find the best night spot in the city. Ladadika used to be an ill-famous neighbourhood, but now, it is a perfect place to drink ouzo and eat mezedes in the traditional restaurants.

6. Aristotle’s Square
In the centre of Thessaloniki, 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 neoclassical buildings. You can find there many cafeterias and, in a walking distance, the White Tower and the beach promenade.

7. Egnatia
The neighbourhood of Egnatia took its name from the avenue that crosses it. In this area, you can see the Roman Agora and the Arch of Galerius.

8. 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.

9. The Museum of Photography
This museum 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.


Where to Stay

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.


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