Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, the capital of the Macedonia region, and an important educational hub with 4 large scale institutions, among which Greece's largest university, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
It is considered Greece's cultural capital, renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and has recently been ranked by National Geographic Travel in the top 10 Nightlife Cities.
More importantly, it is also a city with a continuous 3,000 year old history; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Many of its Byzantine churches and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.For more information about the city's identity, as well as facts and figures please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau's website.
WHILE IN THE CITY
Thessaloniki offers a wide range of experiences for the modern traveler at a fraction of the cost compared to other European cities. Without any compromisein quality, the visitor can easily transfer, visit sites, enjoy the culinary tradition or even shop at numerous spots all around the city. Moreover, the perfect June weather allows for extensive city discovery. Warm, completely sunny days and mild nights offer the perfect combination to enjoy the most of the city. Indicatively:
- Transportation: Local Bus ticket costs €0.90 for a single ride! A taxi ride from the city centre to the Concert Hall or the City’s fortifications is about €4-6.
- Food: Thessaloniki is probably one of the best Mediterranean destinations to enjoy exceptional cuisine in affordable prices. There are hundreds of taverns everywhere in the city; in cobblestone alleys, along the waterfront, in open-air gardens that offer a wide range of Greek delicacies and spirits. Lunch including wine or ouzo will cost approximately €10-15. For those interested in savouring a gourmet Greek dish, there are also high end restaurants to satisfy the most demanding customer. Lunch in such a restaurant will cost approximately €15-25. Greek street food is all around the city. A Gyros is an absolute must-eat delicacy and costs no more than €4.
- Miscellaneous: Convenience kiosks are located literally everywhere in the city and will provide visitors with all they made need during their day. Indicatively, a bottle of water costs €0.50, refreshments and chocolate bars are €1. Coffee drinking becomes a whole new experience in one of the numerous cafes of the city. An espresso costs €1-2 and a cappuccino is about €3. Summer nights in Thessaloniki are very lively. Locals and tourists meet in open air bars and enjoy the warm weather. A bottle of beer costs approximately €3-4.
What MEDIA say about Thessaloniki
2022 THE GUARDIAN
2022 THE TIMES
2021 PLANET WARE
2021 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
2020 THE GUARDIAN
2020 FODOR'S TRAVEL
2019 THE TELEGRAPGH
2019 THE CULTURE TRIP
2018 THE NEW YORK TIMES