Thessaloniki - Do & See
Thessaloniki has many historically interesting sights reminding us of past times. The White Tower still stands tall. It was once a part of the ancient walls that protected the city, and they have also survived several earthquakes.
The romantic alley ways and streets makes Thessaloniki a perfect destination for couples in love.
Hidden Markets of Thessaloniki
Explore the markets of a modern European city with a vibrant and lingering history on this walking tour of Thessaloniki. Wander through markets selling everything from flowers to food, jewellery and antiques.
Tours run daily Mon - Sat and start at €26pp. More walking tours are available from Urban Adventures.
The White Tower
The White Tower is a widely known symbol of the city and a point of reference for locals and visitors. It stands next to the sea front of the town as a reminder of old times. In the 19th century it was a prison and nowadays it’s a museum of art and history.
The area from Koudouriotou to Diamanti streets and from Hiou to Lemnou streets is known as Ladadika. Here you can find many bars, restaurants and the Museum of ancient Greek and Byzantine instruments.
This is the most impressive square in Thessaloniki. It features buildings with great architecture inspired by European and colonial models, cafés, shops etc. This square is where big celebrations take place, such as the coming of the new year, it is also a meeting place during the day.
Saint Dimitrios Church
The church of the patron saint of the town is a must see in Thessaloniki. The first church of Saint Dimitrios was built in 313 AD. It was completely rebuilt in 1948, according the original plans since it has been destroyed twice by fire.
Galerius Arch (Kamara)
In addition to The Rotonda, this is one of the two most characteristic monuments in town. Galerius arch is situated near the eastern walls of the city, a short distance from the Kassandreotiki gate.
Unique in Greece, the Rotonda is a cylindrical building of the early 4th century AD. It used to be a Pantheon or a Mausoleum for emperor Galerius, now it’s the Saint George church. The entrance is free and the mosaics inside are really impressive.
Mylos is a large entertainment complex in the warehouse district of the port where you will find bars, galleries, restaurants, cafés, theatres and plenty of varieties of live music.
Museum of Byzantine Culture
In Thessaloniki, said to be the most "Byzantine" city of the modern Greek state, you find this unique museum. It shows the everyday life during the byzantine and post-byzantine period and how it has affected the modern society.
The Archaeological Museum
Built in 1962 but newly refurbished, this museum provides numerous updated exhibitions. You can easily spend a couple of hours in here, loosing yourself in magical Macedonian golden artefacts and antique treasures.
At this open air theatre, concerts and other cultural performances are held. The theatre organization "National Theatre of Northern Greece", one of the biggest in Europe, sets the programme and book famous artists to play here.
The Roman Agora
Right in the city centre you will find this important and fascinating archaeological site. It was first built in the late 2nd century AD and was excavate in the 1960's. Grab a coffee from one of the many cafés located close by and enjoy the view.
Agia Sophia Church
Built as a miniature of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in the 7th century. It is dedicated to the Wisdom of God and contains beautiful Byzantine frescoes and mosaics.
This telecommunications tower reach 76 metres high and on the top floor you can visit the rotating restaurant and café. It was built in the 1960's and in 2005, the inside of the tower was totally renovated.
Eat and Walk
These walking tours reveals the true culinary gems of the city. While you learn the history of Thessaloniki and the Greek cuisine you enjoy Greek delicacies. End the tour with a cooking class to make it all complete.
State Museum of Contemporary Art
This museum with an area of 3,300 square metres was founded in 1997. Contemporary and modern works of art are shown in different exhibitions. From its beginning the museum has steadily increased in popularity.