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Discover Thessaloniki, the co-capital of Greece

Greece ● Macedonia ● Nikis avenue ● Thermaic ● Thessaloniki ● 13 July 2016
 

Discover Thessaloniki , the co-capital of Greece

Thessaloniki or Saloniki or the “Nymph of the Thermaic Gulf” is the second biggest city of Greece and the most important center of the Greek north. It is famous for its relaxed lifestyle, its cosmopolitan spirit and the coexistence of different national cultures.

It has almost one million inhabitants and it is considered Greece's co-capital. Also well known for its festivals, events, its vivid cultural life and of course for its famous nightlife. What is really impressive in this city is that you will find monuments coming from different historic periods, the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman. Also the Jewish population which used to be dominant in Thessaloniki have left an important cultural imprint. Plus the hole district of the Old town (Ano Polis) is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.

In this port city, built at the back of the Thermaic Gulf, every road leads to Nikis Avenue at the seafront. The sea breeze has endowed the locals with a deep love for leisure and social activities. This explains the immense existence of cafes, bars, restaurant which are almost in every corner of this town. International students and backpackers fuel with their excitement the night clubs, powered by hedonism, narcissism and lust for life.

The city’s landmark is the White Tower. It is a cylinder tower which was built by the Suleiman I the Magnificent during the 16th century. Inside you will find and exhibition about Thessaloniki’s history.

Aristotelous square is the most central square of the city, it was redesigned after the fire of 1917 which destroyed a big part of the city. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful squares of Greece, with a stunning view of the Thermaic Gulf.

Another hot spot is Ladadika, used to be the central market, bazaar of the city during the Ottoman occupation, after the fire and until the 70’s was abandoned but in 1985 it was declared as a historical monument and regained its past glory. Beautiful buildings were renovated and still welcome several locals and visitors from all over the world.

Thessaloniki the princes of the north, the place where the glorious past coexists in an upbeat manner with the present, all in harmony.

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.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
65, Olympou Str., 54631 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Olympia is centrally located hotel in Thessaloniki, right by the Ancient Roman Forum and within a 5-minute walk to Aristotelous square, the main square of bustling town of Thessaloniki. The hotel is located in a very short walking distance to shops, restaurants and all historic monuments and places in the center of Thessaloniki. The distance from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 16 km.


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