Thessaloniki is the Second City of Greece and the proud capital of the North. A city rich in culture and contrasts, emphasised by Greek Orthodox churches, Ottoman Mosques and Jewish Synagogues. Bustling traditional markets and a vibrant water front.
The largest student population in Greece, so the city has a lively café vibe, plus the food is regarded as some of the very best in the region, again reflecting the various influences that make up the diverse population.
Visit the large Aristotleous Square and just spend a hour or two “people watching“ or walk down Mitropoleos Street which has the main shops.
It is the gateway city for travel onto the resorts of Halkidiki, on the three fingered peninsula that runs south of the city, but Thessaloniki is much more than just a transit point, and it well worth spending at least 2/3 days exploring the city and the surrounding areas.
For city sightseeing, a good map and comfortable shoes are all that is required. For travel to the surrounding areas we suggest the flexibility of a self drive car. Within a 90 minute drive from the city you can visit the birthplace of Aristotle and Alexander the Great, whilst within the city can you visit the family home at Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern day Turkey.
We particularly suggest two hotels. In the city, the boutique heritage style of The Excelsior, with just 34 rooms and suites, a roof garden with spectacular views over the busy streets and squares below. You are literally surrounded by numerous restaurant options and bars. On the outskirts of the city, 20 minutes by shuttle, we recommend the Hyatt Regency, a country club-like low rise style with 152 rooms and suites, with extensive gardens, huge swimming pool and regular shuttle.
A 3 night city break, including flights, transfers and breakfast daily will start from £638 per person. You can also combine your stay in the city with time at one of our fantastic beach resorts, which range from 50 minutes to 90 minutes drive away.