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Thessaloniki Classic City Tour
"The classic City tour includes seven hot spots of the Thessaloniki center. Pick up from the White Tower (the main landmark of the city) continue to the Archaeological Museum Agia Sofia Agios Dimitrios (Byzantine church and its crypt) and climb to the Byzantine castles. Descending the City walls (Acropolis) we pass the Galerius Arch (Kamara) the Aristotelous Square the Port of Thessaloniki and arrive back to the White Tower. Depending on customers preference we formulate a similar program. History art
From EUR120.00
 
Thessaloniki Markets Tour
"Meet your guide in Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki and after a quick coffee to start your tour set off to explore the area. A major commercial center since ancient times the city has retained a strong sense of its history with Byzantine market halls and monuments sitting side-by-side with contemporary and modern buildings.Walk through the bustling shopping streets to Louloudadika a colorful flower market thronged with sidewalk cafes and shops and then admire the old Turkish baths of Giahoudi Hamam. Browse stalls heaving with mounds of colorful vegetables and fruit at Modiano and Kapani markets and hear of their history from your guide. Both food markets are believed to have operated since the 12th century. After picking up some koulouri (street-food snacks)
From EUR24.00
 
Thessaloniki Food Tour
"Head to Aristotelous Square in central Thessaloniki to meet your guide and start your food tour of the city. Kick-start your morning with a cup of strong Greek coffee to get your energy levels up and then continue into Thessaloniki’s bustling commercial district to learn about Greek gastronomy.A Mediterranean cuisine Greek food is typically high in nutrients and low in animal fats and dishes are cooked according to time-tested recipes that have been passed down over generations. With incredible islands and large expanses of coastal land Greece is known for its incredible seafood and Thessaloniki – as an ancient port town – is one of the best places for it.Wander through the food markets of Modiano and nearby Kapani to see crates of freshly caught fish loaded onto heaving stalls a round roll of bread topped with sesame seeds and compare the flavors with bougatsa
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Nea Paralia

Nea Paralia (New Beach ) is the sea front of Thessaloniki that was recently renovated (2011-2013) so now the locals have a long public pedestrian space to walk and relax. Small in depth but very long (about 3,5km from White Tower to Megaro Mousikis) offers a great space in between the sea and the city. Especially those who like cycling will love the continuous cycle line so they can cycle stress free here without the crazy drivers and their annoying cars. There is a long line of trees that suppose to offer some shadow but the plan is to put many useful benches for the older people or those who just want to rest for a while during a hot day. Of course there are some monuments, statues and sculptures, the most impressive are the umbrellas (can be slightly seen on pic2 behind the fountain) made by Zaggolopoulos, they are beautifully litted during the night but I forgot to take a picture.

Along the way you will find different small gardens/parks that have poetic names: garden of roses(similar to gardens of old mansions), garden of sound(tall trees on one side with a path that connects it with garden of roses), garden of seasons, garden of sculptures, garden of shadow, garden of sand, garden of evening sun, garden of music(near the Megaro Mousikis obviously), garden of water(no surprise water is the main element), garden of Odysseas Fokas, garden of memor

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May 13, 2015

Pier A of the Port

Published in the beginning of 2013, the final reformation project of Pier A in the Port of Thessaloniki, concerns two parallel levels of intervention. The first one is about the conservation of the existing infrastructure and the second one is about the restoration, prominence and reuse of the historic area, i.e. the open air public space and the historic buildings that belong to the Thessaloniki Port Organization.

Starting two decades earlier, Pier A was designated a historic site, by the laws 7779/1994, 4589/1996 and 6405/2001 and the buildings of warehouses 1, A, B, C and D, were declared by the same ordinances listed as preservable, by setting specific conditions and restrictions layout. Many restoration works had gradually taken place since then.

In the beginning of 2014, Pier A is already one of the most visited places in Thessaloniki and its successful reformation is one of the most ambitious projects of recent times, yet very simple. The architectural style of the buildings and the original materials (both elements of our cultural heritage), carefully restored, parts of the old authentic cobblestones from the old dock, olive trees planted in straight lines, simple constructions and neutral tones emphasize aesthetics and balance between the city's history and its contemporary quest. The ban on entry of cars, the wide sidewalks, the new trails, the large sculptures-seats and other simple structures provide a place for everyone, a functional, vivid and viable public space embodied in the historic area.

People's flow is continuous all day and night following the urban traffic, cyclists can move without impeding pedestrians and nothing disturbs the horizon view and the sounds of the sea.

Here you can visit some important museums of Thessaloniki:
• the Museum of Photography (Warehouse A),
• the Cinema Museum (Warehouse A),
• the Centre of Contemporary Art (Warehouse B1), an independent part of the State Museum of Contemporary Art.
And, every year major events and exhibitions take place, like the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Documentary Film Festival, the Biennale of Contemporary Art, Photobiennale, e.t.c.
Plus cafés and restaurants with a striking view of the sea and the city.

Finally, within the limits of the pier, at the end of the route and at the best viewing angle from the center of the city, on the same spot where once operated the cargo shipping system of the port, was put a crane of unique historical value, a subject of industrial heritage dating from the early 20th century, that symbolically refers to the original use of the dock, taking the characteristics of a landmark - especially in the evening because of the play of light - of the intervention area and of course of the Port itself.

Also at the end of the main route of Pier A you can find an interesting modern urban sculpture. Its metallic architectural construction has bird-shaped holes, where small waterfalls of bold colors flow. This is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view! And if it is late afternoon, don't miss the beautiful sunset. The sun is actually sinking behind cranes and old industrial metal bridges!

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StefanosS
Feb 18, 2014

Paralia-The Market Place

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

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traveloturc
May 19, 2008

Stroll the waterfront, in the day, and at night

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.

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wadekorzan
May 20, 2007
 
 
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Best place for walking, jogging or cycling

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.

skg-traveller
Sep 18, 2006

The heart of Thessaloniki

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.

skg-traveller
Sep 18, 2006

walk around the shoreline

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!

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FRONA
Aug 25, 2005

Lefkos Nikis

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.

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DrexelDragon
Nov 20, 2004

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"3 days in Thessaloniki"
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"Thessaloniki"
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"The Balkan capital of Greece!"
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"The Jewel of the Balkans"
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"Thessaloniki, her White Tower"
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Solun - Thessaloniki 1997.

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)

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KonstantinII
Feb 15, 2004

walking along the town and beside the sea...

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.

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Aggeliki
Dec 17, 2003

Sunset at the sea

There is always nice long sunset to see in Thessaloniki.

So take your camera with when the sun is dawning.

Tobias_Plieninger
Nov 27, 2005

Park behind the White Tower

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.

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Aug 12, 2005

Things to Do Near Thessaloniki

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Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Traditionally a pot of different nations Thessaloniki had a large community of Jews, mostly of Sephardic origin that immigrated from Spain after 1492, before that they were just a minority. In late...
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Agioi Apostoloi church

At the opposite end of the old town, close to the Byzantine walls, stands the handsome church of the Aghioi Apostoloi (Holy Apostles, build between 1312-15), on a cruciform ground-plan, with five...
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Aristotelous Square - Aristotelous street

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...
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Vlatadon monastery

Vlatadon monastery, or Moni Vlatadon, in Ano Poli, is nowadays the only active orthodox monastery in Thessaloniki. It is a Patricarchal Stavropegic monastery, that is, it depends directly on the...
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Galerius Arch - Kamara

The Arch of Galerius was built in the 4th century, ordered by Galerius, the Roman Emperor. The Arch and the Rotunda were planned as annexes to the palace complex. The road that connected the Rotunda...
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