Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Thessaloniki

The white tower in Thessaloniki

The white tower in Thessaloniki ©gromgull/Flick

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece; it is a sea port and an obligatory stop for any tourist in Greece. Thessaloniki is a crowded and very active city from April to October.

We would like to present you the must-visit tourist attractions in Thessaloniki.

You have to stop in the city of Thessaloniki to admire the beaches, the sea, the Greek ruins, the old town and the narrow and curly streets. You have to see the autumn holidays in Thessaloniki, the book fairs, film and photography festivals.

 

The city has a long beach that is really beautiful especially at sunset, and from which you can admire the route of ​​ships on the sea and of the airplanes from the Makedonian airport. It is a city where you never get bored even if you are taking a relaxed walk in the evening.

Sunset at the beach of Thessaloniki

Sunset at the beach of Thessaloniki ©gromgull/Flick

 Beautiful historical places in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a city that offers its guests plenty of interesting tourist attractions. You can start with the old Byzantine walls at north from town, then the sixteenth century White Tower, the symbol of Thessaloniki. The best place to admire the city from is the 12 km long promenade at the sea. You can learn more about the history of these places visiting the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture and excavation at the Roman Forum. In the upper part of the town you should visit the old Byzantine citadel, the traditional houses and the small, paved streets.

The white tower in Thessaloniki

The white tower in Thessaloniki ©gromgull/Flick

The most famous churches of Thessaloniki

In Thessaloniki you can also visit numerous churches of all sizes and from different times. The most remarkable are the Byzantine churches, built during V- XIV, as the St Demetrius Church, the Agia Sofia, the St Nicholas Church and St Apostles Church. The city of Thessaloniki was also called as the “Mother of Israel” because of the large Jewish communities that thrived in the city since the Romanian period up to the Second World War. Today the testimonies of those days are only two synagogues and the Jewish History Museum.

The Agia Sofia in Thessaloniki

The Agia Sofia in Thessaloniki ©minkymonkeymoo/Flick

Shopping in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a city that is large enough to be a great shopping destination. You will find the traditional market between the Aristotle Square Venizelou Street with hundreds of stalls with meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, clothing bazaar, flowers, herbs and spices. The area around the Aristotle Square and the White Tower is full of boutiques, souvenir shops and bookstores, cafes and bars. The most famous streets in Thessaloniki for shopping are the Tsimiski, Venizelou, Agias Sofias, Ermou, Mitropoleos, Egnatia and M. Iossif St. Here you will find jewelry, folk art items and clothing of every style. If you want to go out at night, the most famous locations are in port, Ladadika, Krini, Leoforo Nikis and the Navarinou Square.

The Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki

The Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki ©Tilemahos Efthimiadis/Flick

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