Thessaloniki Travel Guide

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Thessaloniki Things to Do

  • Agios Dimitrios Church

    Agios Dimitrios is the most popular church in Thessaloniki. This large church is dedicated to Saint Demetrius, a Cristian martyr that is also the patron saint of Thessaloniki, locals believe that he protected their city with miraculous interventions during the several repeated attacks and sieges from Slavic people who moved into the Balkan area, no...

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  • White Tower - Lefkos Pyrghos

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sto Lefko ton Pyrgo pira ta filia tis… (I took her kisses at the White Tower…) 1976 Giorgos Zampetas:Ston Lefko Ton Pyrgo Located on the waterfront the Lefkos Pyrgos(White Tower) is not just another monument but the landmark of Thessaloniki. The entrance fee is only 3euros so it was hard for me to skip it as I love visiting towers because usually...

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  • Aristotelous Square - Aristotelous...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aristotelous is a central and definitely the most famous square in Thessaloniki. It’s located near the seafront, just over Nikis avenue. It is named after Aristotle of course, the famous Greek philosopher and scientist that lived and teached in the Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedonia during the 3rd century BC. He's a larger than life figure with...

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Thessaloniki Restaurants

  • Local cuisine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nea Diagonios is a meat restaurant with special dishes gyros and soutzoukakia (BBQ meatballs). The service was really very good and the food is excellent. I tried Nea Diagonios salad with lettuce, greens, Italian cheese and pomegranate. For gold starters I chose tzatiki (very creamy) and eggplant salad. After one mouthwatering roast cheese came...

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  • Groups of places...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Don't go to the cafés that are right by the water in Plateia Aristotelou or even along the waterfront on Nikis. They're ridiculously overpriced given that the coffee they serve is usually not all that good. If you want something better, concentrate on the the cafés along Aristotelou that are closer to the Roman Agora, north of Tsimiski. The prices...

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  • Triaktis

    Ok, the view from Ano Poli but we got hungry and our friends seafood near the sea. We drove to down to Karampurnaki district (NE of the center) and stopped at Triaktis tavern. It’s a simple place that serves simple but tasty food(mainly seafood), we shared different small dishes, the fact we had a table next to the water added much more to the...

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Thessaloniki Nightlife

  • Seaside (Paralia)

    This is probably one of the best jazz clubs I have gone to in Greece. They have all types of Jazz music, and fantastic cocktails. Fridays and saturdays are live music nights, with really great groups. Well, I would say dress nice, but not.. too nice... i mean.. we're talking about jazz..what else can i say but.."just be cool."

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  • Ladhadhika

    It's only was the first of two rock bars in Thessaloniki I went to. It doesn't have any live music, but it plays fantastic music on their huge room filling sound system. The people are also really cool. Casual. It's a rock bar, not a house club.

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  • Mylos area

    In the flour-mill complex, the Milos contains a club for blues, folk, jazz, and pop groups; a nightclub with Greek singers and comedians; a bar/disco; an outdoor concert stage and movie theater; several exhibition rooms and art galleries I am much more interested with the ouzeri that serves more than 30 kinds of mezedes.Go west on Tsimiski to its...

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Thessaloniki Transportation

  • City Bus Service

    You can explore Thessaloniki on foot. However if you don't have much time and you can not bear the heat, then take the bus. One single trip costs 80 Cents. If you buy the 90 cents ticket, you can have a second ride provided it takes place within 1.5 hours from the time you took your first ride. If you want to ride as many buses as you please, then...

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  • Long Distance Buses

    The only bus i found is Simeonidis tours, N⁰ 14, 26th October St., leaving every day exept sunday about 5.30 pm, € 20 (€ 25 return) taking about 5 hours, did have a stop in Negotino ans Veles. Buses to Romania you can also find in 26th October St.

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  • Railways

    The direct Dostluk-Filia train has canceled its operations. Although!!! there is a train departing from Thessaloniki around 1545 which around 0030 is arriving at Pithio train station-the greek one in borders with Turkey. From there u may take the turkish train around 0210. Before hand though,try to verify the route of the turkish one.For the greek...

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Thessaloniki Shopping

  • Clothing

    As far as I know the only shop in Thessaloniki with eco friendly items. There you can find MyOneAndOnly bags made from reused banners, bags made from juice packs and jewelry and souvenirs made from recycled materials. Very helpful and joyful people in. I strongly recommend it. MyOneAndOnly bags made from reused banners, Bags made from juice packs...

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  • Kapani & Modiano markets

    I love visiting food and flea markets in most cities, so I would miss the oldest one in Thessaloniki which is a trip to Middle East. Kapani Market (Ut Kapan during the Ottoman occupation as it’s 200 years old) is a large area west of Aristotelous street with dozens of stores. They are houses in small old buildings (one or two storeys) and sell...

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  • Souvenirs

    We were delighted to find even a very nice small shop called "Eco n Design" on Tsimiski street close to the YMCA are (possible adress 122 Tsimiski str.), with Eco friendly and design items as well as some very good gift ideas. All of them in nice prices. Not exactly what you would have imagined to find there. Very friendly people. Very nice...

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Thessaloniki Local Customs

  • Byzantine Churches

    As Thessaloniki and nothern Greece in general became part of the modern Greek state just 92 years ago, its people have special ties to the Greek institutions that have been alive for over 1000 years - such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Costantinople (in Istanbul, Turkey). The Orthodox church of nothern Greece also has a loose connection to...

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  • X-MAS in Thessaloniki

    Christmas is a great time to visit Thessaloniki. Although there aren't so magical as in Germany or Austria, you will often see the town full of snow. The town is very beautifully decorated. There is of course a large Christmas Tree, but also a very beautiful ship [Christmas Trees are supposed to be a foreign tradition that came from the West, the...

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  • Statues

    it's a miracle and a well kept secret among tourists, i.e. all tourists know about it, but the locals do not:) So, if you have a little wish... or a big one, you should touch the toe of Aristotelis thinking of it. And everything will come true!!! Personally I don't remember my wishes, but I remember I had a lot of them... that's why the toe of...

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Thessaloniki Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Beware of pickpockets on public bus from city center to airport. The game of the team of three I encountered was for two to stop in front of me as I was trying to board the bus with suitcases while the third tried to take advantage of my frustration to lift my wallet. It didn't work, but it could have.

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  • Taxis

    As you know it, Greek honesty is beyond question, but it is not applicable sometimes, primarily if you take a taxi. You may not to be persuaded of the honesty of drivers, but it seems, as if something would happen with the honest Greeks when they drive taxi. Unfortunately, only few of the drivers will charge you with the real fee, or driving in...

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  • Watch out for tricky beggars

    Beggars are tricky and know how to get their money! This happened to me while visiting Hagia Sophia. I went inside the church for a few minutes, and when I came out an old lady dressed like a nun stuck her hand out and showed 2 Euros. I thought it was a fee for going inside the church, so I gave her 2 Euros. I would've given her 5 expecting her to...

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Thessaloniki Tourist Traps

  • Taxi fares

    I live in Thessaloniki and I have to warn you that taxi drivers are RUDE and they will try to cheat you, they will tell you to pay more than the real fair. Do not trust them cause they r trying to steal even us, who r Greeks and will live here. Public buses are better, more cheaper and there are signs everywhere to help you. Or you can ask someone,...

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  • Going out time

    People go out late. Especially during summer. Expect going out for drinks no earlier than 22:00, but expect a bar crawl to start after 23:00.

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  • Taxi drivers r rude and they will...

    I live in Thessaloniki and I have to warn you that taxi drivers are RUDE and they will try to cheat you, they will tell you to pay more than the real fair. Do not trust them cause they r trying to steal even us, who r Greeks and will live here. Public buses are better, more cheaper and there are signs everywhere to help you. Or you can ask someone,...

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Thessaloniki What to Pack

  • What should you pack in the carry-on...

    The airlines are notorious for losing luggage, we all know that. Yet, there are still people who make the foolish mistake of putting valuable items in their checked luggage! Soft-sided bag constructed from high-tech material is the best. You can use it also as pillow, while you are waiting for a long time on the airport, and want to rest. Personal...

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  • Clothing

    If you are here during the winter be sure you bring warm clothes. It DOES snow here...currently, it's March 2, '05, and there is 3" of snow on the ground in the city. Even before this, it has gotten very cold and very windy. During the fall and winter months, the wind seems to sweep in over the city from the north and northwest over the...

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  • those going there in winter time

    Dont think that in the wintertime greece is a warm country. Of course it is much better than some countries in the north,m and it happens that the sun shines and temperature is about 20 , but usually winters are windy and rainy. Dont forget then umbrella and a warm jacket and warm shoes, even scarf and gloves may be reasonable

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Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

  • Excursions

    Although it's really an adventure to drive there, because of the lack of propriate road signs on the way from Serres to Sochos (notice that even my GPS was inadequate!), the traditional carnival of Sochos worths a visit. It has nothing to do with the more popular, though "industrialized" ones, carnival of Xanthi or the carnival of Patras. This...

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  • Byzantine Walls

    The famous White Tower, near the waterfront, dates from the period of Venetian rule (1423-1430). You can’t miss it. However, if you don’t take the time to wander around the city it’s easy to miss a lot. The best thing you can do in Thessaloniki is to get lost. Wander around anywhere above Aghiou Dimitriou St and look at the city walls. Not just...

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  • Suburbs

    Moni Lazariston was built in 1886 by the monks of Saint Paul Vincent battalion, who became famous from their headquarters in the church of Saint-Lazare in Paris. Monis Lazariston functioned as a Seminary until 1913 and after that it had a lot of usages till 1978 (division headquarters, hospital refugee centre). It was rated as ruined in 1978,...

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Thessaloniki Sports & Outdoors

  • Football in Thessaloniki

    As everywhere in Greece the people of Thessaloniki love their football teams, there major ones are PAOK FC(1926), ARIS FC(1914) and Iraklis FC (1908). When fans from Athens come into town there’s tension but they also like to raise riots on each other (especially between Paok and Aris fans, in such case you better stay away to be on the safe...

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  • visit the "kleanthis vikelidis"...

    you have to come to the "kleanthis vikelidis",the stadium which is playing the biggest team of north greece,and one of the biggest in all over the greece..F.C. ARIS,and to watch a football match.the atmopshere is really great like "bombonera",and you will love the team with the emblem of the ancient god of greece,aris.. every place in the stadium...

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  • PAOK

    PAOK football (=soccer) team, winner of the Greek Cup 2003."PAOK and dry bread", that's all we need !!!

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Thessaloniki Favorites

  • City overview

    this tip is not about a "favourite thing" nor a "fondest memory". it is only here to give you a link to this website http://www.thessaloniki360.com an excellent work that gives 360 degree images of the city, overlaid on a map. i think it's both helpful for travellers and a good way to see images of the city even if you do not plan to travel...

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  • Seaside (Paralia)

    To most Northern Europeans, the Thessaloniki climate will appear very generally pleasant and sunny, especially if they visit in the (hot) summer. But to a southern Greek like myself, Thessaloniki represents the North, its winters colder and foggier than those of Athens or the Peloponnese. However, I don't count this among the city's...

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  • Upper (old) city (Ano Poli)

    Take a long walk at the Old Town It's one the pretiest areas of Thessaloniki. With old houses, small alleys and a beautiful view its worth it. Especially when you realise that you are totally lost but you still keep going. A map would be helpful at the point that you decide you would rather head back. There are a lot of small squares where...

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