Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, Turkish: Selanik, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian: Солун, Solun) is the capital of the region of Central Macedonia, and is, at about one million inhabitants, the second largest city in the country. More importantly, it is a city with a continuous 3,000-year history, preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population.
Constructed in the mid-7th century on the ruins of a Roman bath complex, in honor of Demetrius, a Roman officer who was imprisoned and martyred here in 303 AD. An earlier small church, built on the site of martyrdom, burned down during the earthquake of 620 and a new large basilica was erected at expenses of Leontius, the Byzantine prefect of Illyricum and the Bishop of Thessaloniki. The new church of S. Demetrios became one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians until its Muslim conversion in 1492. In the Great Fire of Thessaloniki of 1917 the basilica was gutted. The work of restructuring the church lasted fifty years. Most of the ancient mosaics in the western wall and in the inner central aisle survived the heat from the fire.
Started life as a Roman temple of Zeus, built by Caesar '''Galerius''', and is almost as old as the Pantheon in Rome. The monument has a diameter of 24.50m and its dome reaches a height of 30m. It was converted into a Christian church during the Early Christian era and its interior was decorated with magnificent mosaics. However some inside frescoes are a work of the British artist Alexander Rossi (1840 – 1916) ). In 1591 the Rotunda was converted into a mosque and a tall minaret still stands beside the monument. Frequent earthquakes from the early 7th century till 1978 caused several damage. The latter caused the destruction of the dome' section. After being restored, the monument reopened to the public in 1998.
Near the city center (5' bus ride) and the water front (7' on foot) is well connected to the train station, bus station and the airport. 24 hr hot water, free linen, washing machine, kitchen, free city map, info available about Thess, and activities in northern Greece. Pick up and other transport options, free internet. Only a small capacity and advanced booking is recommended-staff is not present around the clock.
This is a new hostel in Thessaloniki run by a brother and sister who are hosts. They have five rooms in a reconstructed house, each room with private bathroom and kitchenette and big lockers. There is also a common room/kitchen and a nice, cozy garden area with tables and chairs. Welcome drink, maps of the city, wifi and linens, tea and coffee, all free. Laundry and breakfast for €2.
The venue includes a main hall of 1,400 seats, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and inaugurated on 2 January 2000. The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra plays Italian Operas and works of Greek composers. Current events listed on in their website.
Porto Palace Hotel is located at the west entrance of the city, near the new harbour/port. It has direct access to the new financial district and it is just 5 min away from the city centre and the shopping area.
5 star hotel in the heart of Thessaloniki. 130 rooms and 8 suites, some of then with view to Aristotelous square and the sea. The "Orizontes Pool Bar & Restaurant" provides superb view of Thermaikos gulf.
Is famous for its variety of "tsoureki", a sweet bread much like brioche but containing spices too, covered and filled with several combinations of chocolates/creams/nuts, etc.
Bang in the centre of Egnatia Str., with easy bus connections. Friendly staff. Price includes private bathroom, A/C, WiFi, fridge and TV. Snacks and laundry for extra charge.
Nautilia Yachting is based in Thessaloniki, Greece, officially licensed by the Greek National Tourism Organization and specialized in organizing yacht charters in Greece.
Traditional pies and sweets, croissant and dishes accompany the coffee or your drink. Porcelain miniatures and collective drinks are available for original gifts.
In the old warehouse area near the port, around Morichovou Sq, chock-full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Offers "appelation d'origine" local delicacies.
For those with adventurous tastes, preferably go after a hard night's drinking, for a "patsás" (tripe) soup - a delicious way to prevent a hangover.
Information regarding the time-tables of foreign buses is available from OSE/HTO: +30 210 5298739, 30 210 5298740, +30 210 5135768, +30 210 5135769
Particularly worth a look for its well-preserved early 14th Century Byzantine frescoes. See if you can spot one of the turtles in the garden.
In an all green setting with sparkling water from the surrounding mountains, just a few meters from the water mills, on an area of 5.5 acre.
Boutique Hotel in Thessaloniki city center in a neo-classical building offering free wi-fi, free parking and free pick-up from airport.
2-star hotel, cheap, clean and welcoming. Single/double/triple rooms. Free WiFi. Parking with an extra charge of 15,00 € per day.
Boutique hotel in the city centre in a neo-classical building offering free wi-fi, free parking and free pick-up from airport.
Hosting concerts, events, exhibitions, music bands, famous Greek artists etc. Venue can change. Check their page on Facebook.
Recorded information about train departures are provided by Trainose, call 1440 for domestic departures from Thessaloniki.
Cheap hotel opposite the train station towards the centre. Only a 5 min walk from train station. Not great, but adequate.
A 16th-century fortified tower, part of the city's erstwhilse Byzantine walls - the only surviving one on the seafront.
Nearby to major cultural centre of the city. The State Museum of Contemporary Art inspired its design philosophy.
2 star hotel, in the centre of Thessaloniki, close to Aristotelous Square, all rooms with balcony and free WiFi.
4 star hotel located in the heart of Seich-Sou Park, overlooking views of Thessaloniki and Thermaikos Golf.
5 star hotel with 2 ballrooms, 5 meeting rooms and 3 boardrooms. 2 km from the largest casino in Europe.
Is famous for its collection of Greek Asia Minor sweets (politika glyka) originating from Istanbul.
3 star hotel entering the city of Thessaloniki. Free Parking lot, VIP taxi service and free WiFi.
Is the Greek fast-food chain. You will find classic hamburgers, also souvlaki, pasta and salads.
3 star hotel in neoclassical building next to the Thessaloniki seaside and Aristotelous square
3 star hotel in the heart of Thessaloniki. Free Parking lot, VIP taxi service and free WiFi.
Good breakfast buffet and reasonable prices. Located near the old Administration building.
Between the hills of Tagarades with panoramic views of the city and Thermaico's gulf.
Is considered the expert in "trigona" (triangles made of sfoglia, filled with cream).
A large Water park near Tagarades Hill. Free bus service starting at the City center
Andronikou st 6. Covers the history of Thessaloniki from prehistory to Roman times.
Great traditional ouzeri, with fresh fish and meat dishes and live rembetico music.
An upmarket brasserie with a wide range of specialties and interesting ambiance.
Cretan and Pontian restaurant. Here, order raki rather than ouzo or tsipouro.
Ouzo restaurant (ouzeri) in one of the most interesting old downtown areas.
the biggest of the city-and the promenade with its cafes and restaurants.
Great taverna, unique style, good food and some days (Th-Su) live music.
A 5th-century church included in Thessaloniki’s Unesco World heritage.
An hipster hang-out, nice atmosphere, very expensive for the quality.
Stratou ave 2. Award-winning museum (2005 - best Museum of Europe).
Bareboat charter or skippered sailing yacht, also night time tours.
3 star hotel next to Thessaloniki seaside and port with free Wi-Fi
Here you can eat pork gyros and soutzoukakia
5 star hotel with views of Thermaikos Bay.