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The City of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the most important centre in the area of Macedonia. It is also a major industrial, commercial and political center, as well as a transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe. It is located 520km North of Athens and extends all along the Gulf of Thermaikos. Thessaloniki is a modern and charming metropolis, bearing the marks of its stormy history and cosmopolitan character.
In 2013, the National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014, the Financial Times FDI magazine declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.
Founded in 315 B.C., Thessaloniki’s history spans some 2,300 years ago; an important metropolis by the Roman period and the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable monuments and of course neighbor city to Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Thessaloniki owes its importance to its strategic location. The most interesting part of the city can be found close to the waterfront. However, each neighborhood of Thessaloniki is special in its own way: Aristotle Square is famous for the numerous cafés, Ladadika is known as a nightlife spot, Egnatia has ancient sites to offer, and Han Square has impressive architecture. However, the most popular part of Thessaloniki is the large waterfront, Esplanade where people stroll or cycle with a view of the port.
When it comes to food and entertainment, Thessaloniki is the place to be! The city offers great options, and it undoubtedly wins the eternal battle against Athens; something even the Athenians will admit. In Thessaloniki, one can taste oriental dishes, fresh fish and seafood. Local attractions are the “mezedopolea” where you can taste different dishes with the company of ouzo or raki and live music. After all, Thessaloniki is a student town that stays up until very early in the morning! Apart from the traditional “mezedopolea” that combine food and entertainment, one can find numerous nightclubs, bars, and live performances, all scattered around the center and Ladadika.
Unique Experiences – Balloon Rides Over the City
We can take you on a fantastic aerial tour over the city in a balloon! You will be treated with champagne and enjoy unique photographic moments over the Sea of Thermaikos!
BY AIRPLANE – The International Airport of Thessaloniki is connected with regular daily flights to all Greek airports, and international flights from all major European cities.
BY TRAIN – For those seeking a more traditional means of transportation, the National Railway Network operates with frequent daily itineraries from Athens. The overall trip takes 4.5 hrs., and it offers superb scenery through the alternating landscapes of Greek Nature. The central train station in Athens is directly accessible by metro and tickets can be bought online at www.trainose.gr.