Paralia in the parallel street to the bay and and the sea.This type of streets are very common in the Mediterranean region .Because this is the "market Place" for everything
This is where teenagers meets their husbands or wifes,this is also the place where the old man and woman of the city meets and share all good memories of their life .Obviously this is also the place that you can feel the breeze of the sea after a hot summer day.As everybody mentioned it is very similar to Izmr in Turkiye
After visiting Aristoteles Square, go on a stroll along the waterfront between the port and the "White Tower". Mostly along the waterfront you'll find highrise apartment complexes overlooking the sea, but it's a really nice and pleasant walk and there is usually a nice breeze coming in to cool, you off. The most amazing thing is the number of bars and cafes located here. Each bar is quite different than the next, with a very nice and distinct decor, music, and atmosphere. The cafes/bar were always full day and night and just walking here kind of gave uis the impression that people here really enjoy their social lives and it would be a shame coming to Thessaloniki not to join in. It's nice to walk around sunset, but I also would not miss walking around later at night, especially on the weekend, to get a feel for the vibrant energy that the people have here. Great place to have a drink and maybe meet some locals, trhough maybe not the best if you are travelling alone as it seems everyone is in their own little group.
The part of the beach between White Tower and Concert Hall is one of the best places in Thessaloniki to walk, run or ride a bike. There aren't so many people as at the part between the port and the White Tower and it's much more wide. There are some parks and playgrounds between the beach and the Megalou Alexandrou avenue, so it's also a good place for families with young children who want to find a place for their kids to play.
On that part of the beach are also two artistic creations: the staue of Alexander the Great, near the White Tower and a modern artistic creation of Zoggolopoulos, which is commonly known as the "Umbrellas", near the Makedonia Palace Hotel.
During the last week of May at the part of the beach between the White Tower and the Makedonia Palace Hotel is held the Book Festival, where local publishers exhibit their books in outdoor kiosks.
Palia Paralia (Old Beach) or Nikis Avenue is the part of the beachfront from the port till the White Tower. Although there aren't any monuments on that street, it's really worth visiting, as it is the heart of the city's life. The best time to walk on waterfront is on a Friday or Saturday evening, when most young people are doing that, before sitting at a cafe for 2 or 3 hours, drinking, smoking and talking. Even if you're not in a mood for beeing in such a congested place, the sunset is worth it.
For those who prefer quiet, the best time to walk on the waterfront is on a weekday morning, or even better on early at Sunday, when there are much less people and traffic.
it was a windy and clowdy day in the industrial harbor of Thessaloniki. However this beautiful boat made it all better. Plus, when you get tired of walking down the shoreline just hop to any cafe along it!
I think it's a requirement that when you come to Thessaloniki that you have to do the waterside stroll. The street is lined with cafes/bars/restaurants/clubs. Every Saturday if the weather is nice, everyone flocks here and sits around gabbing and drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. Everyone pretty much looks the same - black sunglasses are required. It's not really the scene to go when you're by yourself. They prefer to sit large groups together. Take it or leave.
I visited Thessaloniki, or Solun as we Serbs call it for the second time in my life in 1997.
I was on a school excursion.
On this picture you can see beautiful Thessaloniki Port and me and my two friends. I am the one with peace sign. ;o)
The seaside central road called Leoforos Nikis connects Aristotelous Square with the White Tower, Many cafes attract people day and night. This walking reminded me the Kordon street in Izmir. This is not by chance it is said that Thessaloniki is so similar with Izmir.
There is always nice long sunset to see in Thessaloniki.
So take your camera with when the sun is dawning.
Behind the famous White Tower - landmark of this city - there's a park and a promenade pier. You can also find a statue of Alexander the Great here.