Thessaloniki (Greece)

A rich tapestry of history, culture and architecture; weave through Thessaloniki’s avenues, landmarks and squares.

Where glorious past meets present day – Thessaloniki is a city of sophistication

Thick Byzantine walls guarding the city give way to an inviting mix of architectural landscapes with winding cobbled streets from the Upper Town turning into grand open boulevards by the water. Approaching the port, you’ll be captivated by a city that radiates culture and sophistication bathed in golden Greek sunshine.

Exploring the center, you’ll find evidence from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empire rule in sacred sites and monuments spread everywhere across the city. Walk through its rich multicultural tapestry of unique neighborhoods from the Old City to the historical quarter, and explore renowned museums that provide a fascinating insight into Thessaloniki’s glorious past.

Palm-lined avenues house glamorous shops and gourmet restaurants, and historic cobblestone streets present traditional tavernas and ouzeries to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Beautiful churches appear from every corner, seasonal markets sell colorful local produce and shaded spots on Aristotelous Square are where you can sit back with a homemade ice cream and watch the world go by.

Thessaloniki’s iconic White Tower stands proudly over the calm blue sea and the buzzing city below. A famous Byzantine monument, you can now step inside its once locked prison doors to find out about its intriguing role throughout history. Climb your way to the top for panoramic vistas over the cityscape and stroll back towards the center along the sun-drenched waterfront promenade packed with cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.

Intricate, ornate and beautiful – the Kamara, or Triumphal Arch of Galerius, is a prime example of Roman architecture that can still be seen in Thessaloniki. Its ochre red walls emerge out of nowhere from the city’s busy streets and you can’t take your eyes off it. Gaze up at battle scenes from Galerius’ defeat over the Persians, visit the neighboring St George’s Rotunda, and walk down Roman Via Egnatia where boutiques and shops of every kind line the pavement.

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