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.

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Saint Demetrios

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.

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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.

SEE   —  St. George Square

Backpackers refuge

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.

SLEEP   —  +30 698 3433591 —  Map

Little Big House Hostel

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.

SLEEP   —  +30 231 3014323 —  24 Andakidou St

Thessaloniki Concert Hall

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.

DO   —  "25 Μartiou" Str.

Porto Palace Hotel

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.

Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki

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.

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Alexandria Hotel

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.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 536185 —  18 Egnatia St

Nautilia Yachting

Nautilia Yachting is based in Thessaloniki, Greece, officially licensed by the Greek National Tourism Organization and specialized in organizing yacht charters in Greece.

Lila Cafe Bistro

Traditional pies and sweets, croissant and dishes accompany the coffee or your drink. Porcelain miniatures and collective drinks are available for original gifts.

EAT   —  +30 2310 947377 —  Diogenus 23


In the old warehouse area near the port, around Morichovou Sq, chock-full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Offers "appelation d'origine" local delicacies.

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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.

EAT   —  Olymbou 78

OSE Travel Service

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

Saint Nicholas Orphanos

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.

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Hotel Byzantio

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.

Zaliki Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel in Thessaloniki city center in a neo-classical building offering free wi-fi, free parking and free pick-up from airport.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 226400 —  6 Gr. Zaliki St

The Tourist Hotel

2-star hotel, cheap, clean and welcoming. Single/double/triple rooms. Free WiFi. Parking with an extra charge of 15,00 € per day.

a.d. Imperial Palace Thessaloniki Hotel

Boutique hotel in the city centre in a neo-classical building offering free wi-fi, free parking and free pick-up from airport.

Mylos Club

Hosting concerts, events, exhibitions, music bands, famous Greek artists etc. Venue can change. Check their page on Facebook.

TrainOSE travel service

Recorded information about train departures are provided by Trainose, call 1440 for domestic departures from Thessaloniki.

Rex Hotel

Cheap hotel opposite the train station towards the centre. Only a 5 min walk from train station. Not great, but adequate.

SLEEP   —  +30 231 051 7051 —  Monastiriou 39

White Tower

A 16th-century fortified tower, part of the city's erstwhilse Byzantine walls - the only surviving one on the seafront.

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Domotel Les Lazaristes Hotel

Nearby to major cultural centre of the city. The State Museum of Contemporary Art inspired its design philosophy.

Amalia Hotel

2 star hotel, in the centre of Thessaloniki, close to Aristotelous Square, all rooms with balcony and free WiFi.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 268321 —  33 Hermou St

Hotel Philippion

4 star hotel located in the heart of Seich-Sou Park, overlooking views of Thessaloniki and Thermaikos Golf.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 203320 —  Seich Sou Forest

Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki

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.

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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.

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Hotel Luxembourg

3 star hotel in neoclassical building next to the Thessaloniki seaside and Aristotelous square

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 252600 —  Komninon 6

El Greco Hotel

3 star hotel in the heart of Thessaloniki. Free Parking lot, VIP taxi service and free WiFi.

Park Hotel

Good breakfast buffet and reasonable prices. Located near the old Administration building.

Heaven Hotel

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).

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A large Water park near Tagarades Hill. Free bus service starting at the City center

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Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

Andronikou st 6. Covers the history of Thessaloniki from prehistory to Roman times.

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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.

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Apo Dyo Horia

Cretan and Pontian restaurant. Here, order raki rather than ouzo or tsipouro.

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Ouzo restaurant (ouzeri) in one of the most interesting old downtown areas.

EAT   —  Kapodistriou 5

Aristotelous Square

the biggest of the city-and the promenade with its cafes and restaurants.

SEE   —  Map

Hotel Acropoli

Close to the train station. Clean but shabby rooms, most with a balcony.

SLEEP   —  Map

Pire kai vradiazei

Great taverna, unique style, good food and some days (Th-Su) live music.

EAT   —  Omirou 7

Church of the Acheiropoietos

A 5th-century church included in Thessaloniki’s Unesco World heritage.

SEE   —  Agias Sofias 56


An hipster hang-out, nice atmosphere, very expensive for the quality.

EAT   —  Polydorou 1

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Stratou ave 2. Award-winning museum (2005 - best Museum of Europe).

Discovery Yachting

Bareboat charter or skippered sailing yacht, also night time tours.

Hotel Anessis

3 star hotel next to Thessaloniki seaside and port with free Wi-Fi

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 520200 —  26th October 20

Tobacco Hotel

4 star boutique hotel (formerly a tobacco warehouse).

SLEEP   —  Aghiou Dimitriou St

Hotel Olympia

Boutique hotel in the centre of Thessaloniki.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 36 466 —  Olympou 65

Nea Diagonios

Here you can eat pork gyros and soutzoukakia

Atatürk House

The house where Kemal Atatürk was born.

SEE   —  Agiou Dimitriou St

Pizza da Pepe

For the best pizzas in town head here.

Odos Aristotelous

Most Salonicans know it as the "Lepen"

EAT   —  Odos Aristotelous

Ianos bookshop

Books & art-objects, cultural events.

BUY   —  Aristotelous Sq


Great traditional dishes.

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Good Cretan restaurant.

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Le Palace

Very nice double rooms

SLEEP   —  Tsimiski

Museum at the White Tower

Platia Lefkou Pyrgou

SEE   —  +30 2310 267832 —  Map

Olympic Museum

Sports related.

SEE   —  Map


A brasserie.

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Hagia Sophia

9th Century

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City Hotel

4 star.

SLEEP   —  +30 2310 269421 —  11 Komninon St

Ano Poli


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Museum of Science

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Vlatades Monastery

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Saint Panteleimon

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Saint Catherine

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Latomou Monastery

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Panagia Chalkeon

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EAT   —  Ladadika


EAT   —  +30 2310 221778 —  Map


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Evi Evan

EAT   —  Olympou 68

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