About Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, is a vibrant metropolis steeped in history and culture. Founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon, it was named after his wife, Thessalonike, sister of Alexander the Great. Over the centuries, Thessaloniki has been a melting pot of civilizations, from the Romans and Byzantines to the Ottomans and modern Greeks, each leaving their mark on the city's rich tapestry.

The city's historical significance is evident in its wealth of archaeological sites. The White Tower, an iconic symbol of Thessaloniki, stands proudly along the waterfront, offering panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Nearby, the Rotunda of Galerius, built in the 4th century AD, serves as a testament to the city's Roman past, while the nearby Arch of Galerius and the Roman Forum are reminders of Thessaloniki's importance during the Roman Empire.
Thessaloniki's Byzantine legacy is equally prominent, with UNESCO-listed monuments such as the Church of Saint Demetrius, dedicated to the city's patron saint, and the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. The city's labyrinthine streets are also adorned with countless Byzantine churches, each adorned with intricate frescoes and mosaics that showcase the artistic brilliance of the era.
In addition to its historical sites, Thessaloniki is a bustling modern city with a thriving culinary scene, lively waterfront promenade, and vibrant nightlife. From the bustling markets of Modiano and Kapani to the trendy cafes and restaurants of Ladadika, the city pulsates with energy day and night.
Thessaloniki's blend of ancient history, Byzantine heritage, and modern charm make it a captivating destination for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Greek culture. With its welcoming atmosphere and myriad attractions, Thessaloniki invites visitors to explore its storied streets and uncover the secrets of its past.

Thessaloniki's gastronomy scene is a vibrant tapestry of tradition and innovation. Drawing from its rich culinary heritage, the city embraces a farm-to-table ethos, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From classic Greek dishes to inventive fusion cuisine, Thessaloniki offers a diverse array of culinary delights to tantalize the taste buds. Trendy cafes and bistros serve up artisanal coffees and creative cocktails, while traditional tavernas invite guests to savor authentic flavors in a cozy, rustic setting. With a passion for quality and a flair for creativity, Thessaloniki continues to push the boundaries of gastronomic excellence, delighting locals and visitors alike with its innovative approach to food and drink.

Local cuisine
Search out small local tavernas while wandering around the picturesque side streets of Athonos square and Ladadika, in the city Centre, or while admiring the monuments of Ano Poli, and order ouzo and meze to savor a fully authentic local experience. Do not miss out on local “gyros” or the famous “souvlaki” (succulent meat slow-roasted and sliced from the spit or skewered and grilled). You will find them on sale at every turn!

Wine routes
The wine roads are a series of suggested routes that give you the chance to experience the production process of local wines, taste them and meet their creators! Take one of the eight organized routes that cross central and northern Greece, stop at the suggested vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine, and admire the majestic natural scenery. A voyage of discovery for the taste buds that should not be missed.

A history written by so many cultures create a present that could be compared to an orchestra – many sounds complement one another, offering a fascinating melodic experience, worth discovering for yourself. More than 30 museums are available for you to explore, including the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, State Museum of Contemporary Art, the White Tower Museum, Ataturk Museum, and the Jewish Museum.


Transport and travel
Thessaloniki is easily accessible by plane, particularly from Northern and Eastern Europe and Asia. For those travelling from Balkan countries, Thessaloniki is just a 2-3 hours’ drive from all the Balkan capital cities.
An extensive network of local buses connects the airport with destinations across the city.
Thessaloniki Waterways connects the different waterfront locations.
We recommend the official travel guide of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki.travel for useful information on travel, what’s on, things to do, etc.


53 airlines companies fly to 117 destinations worldwide in 35 connected countries 14 low cost airline companies Thessaloniki is easily reached by direct international flight connections to about 117 direct destinations, including major cities around the world and has 22 daily flights to Athens.

Direct flights to Thessaloniki from main European and other Cities

Departure from: Flight Air Company Website
Athens A3102, A3104, A3110, A3114, A3116, A3120,A3122, A3126, A3128, A3136 Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Barcelona A3561 Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Berlin FR1146 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Bruessel FR4997 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Budapest, Genf-International W62447 Wizz Air https://wizzair.com/
Cologne EW 652 Eurowings https://www.eurowings.com/
Copenhagen FR3566| Operated by Malta Air Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Dortmund EW 4074 Eurowings https://www.eurowings.com/
Dusseldorf EW 9654 Eurowings https://www.eurowings.com/
Frankfurt Hahn FR5797 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Larnaca A3547 Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
London FR2567 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Manchester EZY2055 ΕasyJet https://www.easyjet.com/
Milan FR4774 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Mostar-International JU 635 Air Serbia https://www.airserbia.com/
Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Paris FR3094 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Rome FR7068 Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Stuttgart EW 2682 Eurowings https://www.eurowings.com/
Tbilisi A3563 Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Tel Aviv
Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Tirana A3971 Aegean Airlines https://en.aegeanair.com/
Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/
Public Transport
Thessaloniki has a convenient bus system, connecting all areas to the city centre, while plenty of taxis are available for those needing to get somewhere faster. Standard adult tickets: 0,90€ . Up to four way tickets valid for up to (4) trips made within 120 minutes from the time of issue. Travel cards of various durations are also available.

Thessaloniki International Airport The website of Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport is: www.skg-airport.gr

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