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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Lively downtown with incredible bakeries bars and restaurants in every block. We loved walking on the long path along the water. We ate at the rooftop restaurant of the Ellectra Palace. Driving is frightening downtown, but easy on the highways.
Anna
USA
17 February 2017
8
Very good
Two days in Thessaloniki is very nice to discover and enjoy the city. Everything is in walkable distance. Try all kinds of foods in taverna, as well as sweets. Thessaloniki is famous for its excellent food, and with great reason!
Martine
France
15 February 2017
8
Very good
Nice port city with fantastic intermix of cultures and people. Best to visit in spring and autumn, worth to visit, good shopping.
Visar
Kosovo
13 February 2017
10
Exceptional
I was born in Thessaloniki despite that I live in New York City for a long time. So it was great to visit my birthplace again and see classmates, colleagues , and family.
Julia
USA
15 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. There are many things to see and explore. It combines perfectly historical monuments and entertainment. I am gonna visit it again, for sure.
Thanasis
Greece
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Thessaloníki

Electra Palace Thessaloniki

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 2,076 reviews

£112

Average price per night
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Daios Luxury Living

9.3 Superb

Score from 1,273 reviews

£107

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  • “location was great”
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City Hotel Thessaloniki

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,931 reviews

£60

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Astoria

7.6 Good

Score from 2,016 reviews

£46

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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Olympia

8.4 Very good

Score from 2,639 reviews

£49

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  • “location was great”
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Mediterranean Palace

8.2 Very good

Score from 952 reviews

£86

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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Luxembourg

7.7 Good

Score from 1,092 reviews

£45

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  • “location was great”
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Tourist Hotel

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 1,604 reviews

£36

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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The Excelsior

9.4 Superb

Score from 558 reviews

£107

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Thessaloníki

Popular neighbourhoods in Thessaloníki

Thessaloniki City Centre

77 properties

This area’s been a commercial hub since Roman times. The ruins of the Agora market are still visible today. Visit the old place of trade, then parade down Egnatia Street like an emperor – give its vintage shops the thumbs up or down. Around Zefksidos-Iktinou, hunt for handmade trinkets and jewellery in between frappés at cutesy Pastaflora Darling.

Paralia Thessalonikis

20 properties

This revamped district packs a lot in. Its waterfront promenade pulls the biggest crowd. Stroll among skaters and street musicians, from bustling Aristotelous Square to the iconic White Tower. In Alexander’s Garden, snap shots of “the Great” one and peek Mount Olympus in the distance. At Zithos Bar, taste a local brew and some old-school ambience.

Thessaloniki Port

10 properties

The port harbours more than boats and warehouses. Behind the industrial façade lies a cultural enclave. Movie buffs flock to the international film festival each November, and at other times, swot up on all things celluloid at the Cinema Museum. Call it a wrap on the waterfront – Kitchen Bar’s fusion food and classy cocktails could be a contender.

Ano Poli

6 properties

The Byzantine and Ottoman empires held fort here for centuries. The only district to survive the Great Fire of 1917, Ano Poli retains an old-world charm. Ramble its winding, hilly streets up to Genti Koule fortress to glimpse pretty city views. Then, settle in for a night of merriment at Bar Kastra – locals dig its laid-back vibes and hearty grub.

Kalamaria

6 properties

Thessalonians do like to be beside the seaside. This suburb’s yacht clubs pull in posh families and wannabe jetsetters alike. Take a jaunt around the marina to taste the good life. At Miami, feast on freshly caught squid and polish it off with a rich, regional wine. Then dance until dawn among the beautiful people that frequent funky Shark Bar.

Ladadika

4 properties

Ladadika is anything but “la-di-da”. Though it’s cleaned up since the days when bordellos and boozy sailors lined its alleys, it retains a raucous vibe. For a sturdy start try the minty meatballs at Negroponte, then sink raki shots in the wild Rover Bar. At Eightball music club, you never know what’s coming next – disco night or headbanger’s ball?!

Panorama

4 properties

This area delivers on its name. Full of fancy hillside villas, it overlooks the Thermaic Gulf and the city’s expanse. Park yourself on Villa Luna Bistro’s terrace and savour the view over a mouth-watering Mediterranean buffet. Just leave room for something sweet – the gooey goodness of Elenidi Bakery’s flaky-pastry triangles are famously addictive!

Local tips for Thessaloníki

Boat Bars
Chrysa by Chrysa

Tattoo, shoe and dog-crazy Chrysa loves to get lost in both new places and in her hometown.

Thessaloniki is known for its chilled-out seafront bars, so why not combine 2 of the city’s best features and enjoy a cruise onboard the Boat Bar. You can see Thessaloniki from above the waves as you sip on a drink. You may even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin!

  • White Tower, Thessaloniki
Bicycling next to the sea
Atalanti by Atalanti

Keen traveller Atalanti believes new discoveries are always around the corner.

Soak up the sun and sea air as you nip along Thessalonki’s seafront by bike. Pick up a rental bike in town, or join a guided tour if you prefer. The route will even take you past markets, musicians and street artists!

Aretsou Marina
Nikos
by Nikos

Food and sports fan Nikos comes from Thessaloniki and now lives in Athens.

One of the perks of living in Thessaloniki is getting to enjoy its spectacular views. Close to the White Tower, Aretsou Marina is great spot to stroll around and admire the sunset! There are also plenty of restaurants and cafés around here, too.

  • Aretsou, Kalamaria, Thessaloniki
Nightlife in Valaoritou
Eleftheria
by Eleftheria

A true Thessaloniki girl, Eleftheria loves nothing more than good food and cocktails by the sea.

Valaoritou is a district found in the city centre but offering alternative nightlife to the seafront. More than 60 bars are crammed into the area, pumping out music of every genre. It’s very much the up-and-coming spot and is great for a drink and a dance.

  • Valaoritou Street, Thessaloniki
Food in Bit Bazaar
Panagiota
by Panagiota

Panagiota likes uncovering the less-trodden tourist trail when she’s travelling.

Bit Bazaar Square is just a few steps from the Roman Forum (Ancient Agora). Its courtyard is surrounded by tavernas that attract young travellers and students. Hidden amongst the bazaar, you’ll find antique and second-hand shops selling vinyl records and books.

  • Bit Bazar, Thessaloniki
Tsinari
Efthymia
by Efthymia

Efthymia likes to find Thessaloniki’s hidden gems.

The Tsinari area is set within the old town and its name is derived from the Turkish word, “çinar”, meaning “plane tree”. Traditional buildings dot its pretty streets, transporting you back in time. Dip into a taverna to enjoy small mezedes dishes, accompanied a glass of tsipouro.

  • Alexandras Papadopoulou Street, Thessaloniki
Jogging by the New Beachfront
Antonis
by Antonis

Antonis stays busy by keeping fit, travelling and learning all about new cultures.

Running is a big thing in Thessaloniki and it’s the perfect place for it. A favourite local spot is the New Beachfront, which looks onto the Gulf of Thermaikos. If you’re counting, the distance from the port entrance to Thessaloniki Concert Hall is 4.5 km, so it’s a good bit of exercise!

  • Nikis Avenue, Thessaloniki
Relaxing in Aristotelous Square
Christos by Christos

Christos likes to keep things authentic when he travels and blend in with the locals.

One of the best places to soak up the city’s atmosphere and to people watch is in Aristotelous Square, or by the renovated port area. The area surrounding the White Tower is perfect for sitting and picking up the city’s vibe.

  • Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki
Sailing in Kalamaria
Stathis by Stathis

Stathis likes to escape the city and visit smaller destinations to uncover their cultures.

Use the city’s main marina, located in the Krini Area of Kalamaria, as a starting point to discover new places around Thessaloniki. There are regular boats going to places like the stunning coastline of Chalkidiki and the pretty Sporades Islands.

Mylos
Myrto by Myrto

When Myrto isn't busy redecorating her apartment, her new passions are yoga and gardening.

This multicultural space hosts art events, gigs and exhibitions. Set in a former flour mill in Sfageia, it’s made up of cafés and restaurants. Its most interesting spaces include the outdoor Vavylonia Stage and the Xylourgeio Stage, which hosts alternative acts from around the world.

  • 56 Andrea Georgiou Street, Thessaloniki
  • www.mylos.gr
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Recommendations for Thessaloníki

Visit one of the music clubs like Vogue, Voice, Stage Live or Fix Factory of sound with live night music program. Eat out at Ladadika traditional restorants. Visit exhibition of a contemporary painting or photo.

Great selection of clothing at good prices. Absolutely fantastic food of all cuisines. Best place we visited in Greece...and Greece has many beautiful places too. Opa Thessaloniki !!

Many shops all gathered on the main city street. Shops can also be found throughout the city begging to be visited!

Authentic Greek food. Great fast food, tasty, fresh and extremely cheap, sold everywhere on streets. Good coffee.

This is personal - come, try to understand and perhaps you will get it

You can buy cheap leather jackets & furs

Galerius Arch, Agora, ancient Wall

to match between the the two..:)

Transport

Thessaloníki transport

Air - Thessaloniki International Airport

The city’s airport is a 30-minute taxi journey from the centre. Official blue-coloured cabs with white roofs stop at the terminal with fares ranging from EUR 20 to 25. Alternatively, buses run from 05.00 until 22.10 from the terminal, while services from the city-centre bus station start at 05.50. Night buses run between 23.30 and 05.30 from the airport, and between 22.30 and 04.30 from the bus station. Single tickets cost EUR 2.00 at kiosks, or EUR 2.10 on board.

Bus

Bus is the main public transport method used by locals in Thessaloniki. OASTH runs white-coloured buses with blue, red and yellow logos and there are generally screens at bus stops to indicate the next arrival. Signs are in both Greek and English and routes run from around 06.00 until 00.00. A basic single ticket lasts 30 minutes and costs EUR 1, while a 2-trip, 70-minute ticket costs EUR 1.20 and a 3-trip, 90-minute fare is EUR 1.50.

Bicycle

THESSBIKE provides 200 blue-and-white coloured bikes parked at stations across the city. You pay EUR 2 in cash and can use the bike for an hour and return it to any of the 8 stations. The organisation also arranges guided bike tours around the city. When cycling, be aware that the city has no bike paths, however it’s a good way to travel along the coast and enjoy the scenery.

Car

You can walk almost anywhere in Thessaloniki, or take an inexpensive bus or taxi. If you choose to drive, bear in mind that rush hour is generally between 08.00 and 11.00, and from 13.00 until 16.00 on weekdays, while Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are particularly busy between 19.00 and 20.00. Parking on the street isn’t advisable and some areas require resident permits. Car parks will cost around EUR 15 for the whole day.

Taxi

Taxis can be relatively cheap as the city is so small, and they can be easily picked up at points across the centre. They are blue with white roofs and you can simply hail one in the street, or call a registered taxi firm.

Bus - Cultural Route

OASTH runs a designated “Cultural Route” on bus line 50, which departs from the White Tower and takes passengers past historic landmarks over the course of 50 minutes. There is an audio guide in both Greek and English with leaflets available in other languages. The bus is easily recognised by its colourful markings. A single ticket costs EUR 2.

Ferry

There are regular ferry routes from the city’s port over to Perea, in Neoi Epivates, taking around 50 minutes. Ferries to Perea run from 09.30 until 21.00, while services to Thessaloniki start at 08.30 (09.00 on Sundays) and finish each day at 21.00.

Food in Thessaloníki

Top restaurants in Thessaloníki

Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Pente Portes
  • 2 Fragkon Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Thursday 09:00-20:00, Friday 09:00-01:00, Saturday 13:00-01:00, Sunday 13:00-20:00
  • 0030 2310532503
Good value
Mediterranean
Extravaganza
Good value
Greek
Panellinion
Good value
European
Cοq Αu Ζen
  • 37 Valaoritou Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Sunday 13:00-20:00
  • 0030 2310520119
Good value
Seafood
Agora
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Pizza Poselli
Good value
Italian
Cinque Terre
  • 4 Viktoros Ougko Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Thursday 15:00-01:00, Friday 17:30-01:00, Saturday 15:00-02:00, Sunday 12:00-20:00
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  • 0030 6951849992
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Molyvos
Good value
Greek
Palati
Good value
Greek
Ouzou Melathron
Cheap 'n' tasty
Seafood
Mpakaliarakia sto Limani
Good value
Greek
Mavri Thalassa
Good value
Mediterranean
Paparouna
Good value
Mediterranean
Eis Tin Polin
  • 17 Egiptou Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-23:30
  • 0030 2310521376
Good value
Greek
Fri
  • 4 Doxis Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00-00:00, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-01:00
  • 0030 2310222008
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Full tou Meze
  • 3 Katouni Street, Thessaloniki
  • Open Monday-Sunday 13:00-02:00
  • 0030 2310524700
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Hozeva
High-end dining
Seafood
7 Thalasses
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Tsiz Mpiz
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Modigliani
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Tsarouchas
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Grada Nuevo
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Orizontes Roof Garden
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Tsinari
High-end dining
Seafood
Agioli
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