When visiting Thessaloniki, the second largest town in Greece, there are plenty of sites to see and activities to try. This historic town dates back to 315 BC, so the history is rich and fascinating. Thessaloniki is named after the wife of Cassander and half-sister of Alexander the Great. Here’s what you can do while in this historical city:
Learn About the History
Thessaloniki is full of history you won’t want to miss. To see authentic examples of Macedonian and Balkan architecture, you’ll want to visit Ano Poli. It was one of the few areas not destroyed by the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917. The narrow streets and peaceful atmosphere are perfect for a stroll and picture-taking.
The Byzantine Castle is located on the hill above Ano Poli. The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, which opened in 1912, is located in a building that was designed by Greek architect Patroklos Karantinos. The White Tower is also a must-see. Constructed during the 15th century, it was later reconstructed by the Ottmans. The White Tower was once used as fortification and as a prison (called Tower of Blood) as well. Today the tower is open to visitors. Along with the amazing view you’ll find a museum and gift shop.
Grab a Bite to Eat
Enjoying a meal or a drink in Thessaloniki is a real treat. If you enjoy gourmet meals, you can check out Maitr & Margarita. This bistro has an extensive wine and cheese menu. Enjoy a cozy meal at To Kourbeti where you can try the fried zucchini with tzatziki dip. Whether you are in the mood for meat-filled meals or vegetarian ones, you’ll find a restaurant that’s perfect for you. If you’re looking for a place to relax with a beer or other alcoholic beverage, you can check out Senor, Sugar Draft, The Bristol Pub, or one of many others.
Enjoy the Beach
If you’re interested in relaxing at the beach during your time in Thessaloniki, there are a few that aren’t too far away. Perea Beach is just 17 km from town. It’s an organized beach that attracts visitors and tourists alike. The area is also known for its vivid nightlife. Agia Triada is another organized beach that is 20 km from the town of Thessaloniki. Both beaches are family friendly. Other area beaches include Epanomi Beach and Asprovalta Beach.
Take a Tour
There are a number of tours available for you to take in Thessaloniki. If you’re a foodie, take a food tour that combines culture and cuisine. If you enjoy shopping, you can take a shopping tour. Pick up pieces of Thessaloniki to take back home with you. A sunset bike tour is the perfect way to end a day of sight-seeing around town. A bike tour will allow you to visit different monuments around town that you may have not otherwise seen. Whether your pace is more relaxed or adventurous, there is a tour for you.
Visiting Thessaloniki will give you a taste of everything you could desire: good food and drinks, history, shopping, and relaxation. It’s definitely worth a visit!