A story of over 2,300 years, a city that has never ceased to dominate history.A "mosaic" of ethnicities, languages and religions, where Greeks, Jews, Turks and many others harmoniously coexisted.
Thessaloniki, named in honor of Alexander the Great's sister, hosts an impressive variety of historic monuments, starting from Hellenistic times, passing through the period of the Roman Empire, flourishing during the Byzantine period, continuing during the Ottoman Empire and reaching today.
The Roman Forum, a, Yeni Mosque and especially the 15 early Christian and Byzantine monuments that constitute Unesco's World Heritage sites are some ofthe monuments that have survived until today to convey to visitors the city's journey through time and different cultures that influenced its path.
Visit the sites with one of the offered organized tours or simply by using your city guide.
Thessaloniki has always been a crossroads of culture, a point where east meets west in mutual influence. With a variety of musical events, theatrical productions, film and documentary festivals, museum exhibitions, culinary events, conferences and symposia happening across the city, there is always something new to discover and enjoy.
You wouldn't want to miss the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki, or the International Documentary Festival, the Dimitria Festival, the Biennale, The Map of Flavours or the International Book Festival right on the waterfront.
For all the events and festivals taking place in the city all year round visit: www.ipolistonkosmo.gr
Discover the real Thessaloniki by talking a long stroll through its hidden secrets.
Walk along the magnificent seafront or rent a bike and admire the romantic sunset.
Choose one of the various themed walking tours and experience the authentic city life, the local gastronomy, the markets, the history and locals themselves.
Below, a list of recommended guided Thessaloniki walks:
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
With its long history and its special cosmopolitan character, Thessaloniki, the largest city in Macedonia, has become a center of history, culture, education and technology. 25 museums and numerous galleries spread through the city are here to certify this.
Some of the most considerable ones:
- Archaeological Museum
- Byzantine Civilization Museum
- Agios Dimitrios Crypt
- White Tower Museum
- Jewish Museum
- National Museum of Contemporary Art
- Cinema Museum
- Photography Museum
- Telloglion Arts Foundation
- Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
- Design Museum
- Ataturk Museum
- Thessaloniki Olympic Museum
- Science Center & Technology Museum, Noesis
Walk around and shop in the city center with its cosmopolitan streets and chic paved laneways.
It will amaze you with its vivid and lively ambience, as it is full of cafes, elegant bistrots, major brand boutiques, new designers' smart-buys, cute stores, plenty of large or small hiddenbookstores and antiquaries. Youwill also find everything you need inthe city's mega shopping malls just 15 minutes from the hotel.
A city of style.The second largest city in Greece yet the first in amusement and joy.
Being home to large university campuses, Thessaloniki has been traditionally characterized as a vivid youthful community where people go out choosing from little taverns to upscale gourmet restaurants, from unique character bars to big concert venues & clubs and of course the “salacious bouzoukia (clubs featuring twangy, Eastern- flavoured Greek folk-pop)” as stated by Lonely Planet, which recently listed Thessaloniki as the world’s fifth-best “ultimate party city”. Go out, lose yourself into the magic of the city and enjoy life from dusk till dawn.