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A seasonal guide to Thessaloniki

Known as an intellectual and cultural hub in Greece, Thessaloniki offers something to visitors every season of the year. Explore their countless museums in the cooler winter months, relax beneath the recently bloomed blossoms in the city's gardens in the spring, enjoy a night out on the town on a hot summer's night, or simply discover the city's wide range of architectural styles during the still-warm fall days. Whichever season you choose to visit Thessaloniki, there will be no shortage of memorable experiences.

Make sure you bring a sweater to keep warm during the cooler winter evenings

Make sure you bring a sweater to keep warm during the cooler winter evenings

Winter

Thessaloniki is often seen as an intellectual and cultural hub in museums boast fascinating artefacts from its storied past, and when you couple that with exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art, film and photography, you’ve got a winter trip that’s as intellectually satisfying as the local pastries are tasty (and trust us, the local pastries really are tasty!) You might find Thessaloniki a little cooler than other Greek destinations in winter, but what’s an extra layer of clothes when you’ve got all that art and culture to explore?

Despite the warm weather, Thessaloniki is quiet during the spring months

Despite the warm weather, Thessaloniki is quiet during the spring months

Spring

In spring, the waterfront gardens surrounding Thessaloniki’s emblematic White Tower are filled with the hum of insects, the scent of blossom and the happy chatter of people soaking up the ambience. With such balmy temperatures it’s surprising that this northern Greek city isn’t busier, but that just means getting into its many historic museums and archaeological attractions is quicker and easier. Culture in the sun? It’s a winning combination.

Take a walk along the city's 12km of seafront promenade and enjoy the sunshine

Take a walk along the city's 12km of seafront promenade and enjoy the sunshine

Summer

With two universities and some top-class museums, Thessaloniki is often regarded as a centre for Greek education and culture. Luckily, the old saying about working hard and playing hard is as true here as anywhere else! In summer, Thessaloniki’s nightlife really comes into its own. Clubs and bars play everything from pop to jazz to traditional Greek music into the night. When you’re not dancing the night away, the city’s 12km of seafront promenade provide endless opportunities for enjoying the glorious summer weather.

Autumn evenings are still warm enough for a seaside dinner

Autumn evenings are still warm enough for a seaside dinner

Fall

Thessaloniki’s rich history means you’ll discover a wide range of architectural styles and cultural influences as you explore its old town and Byzantine walls. Ottoman and Macedonian buildings sit side-by-side, while ancient monuments are in easy reach of the city for budding archaeologists. There’s never a better time to dive into this cultural treasure trove than the autumn. The weather is perfect for long, lazy walks, and it’s often still warm enough in the evening to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining with the wind from the seafront in your hair.