Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and also is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. So if you’re planning a vacation to Thessaloniki and wondering what are the major attractions and things to do? Then, don’t worry! This place also has some incredible things to do which will assure that you have a gala time.
Here’s an exhaustive list of family friendly attractions to visit, when in Thessaloniki.
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Nikis Avenue 01, Thessaloniki, Greece
08:30 am - 03:00 pm
The White tower is a lovely buff colored, stalky cylindrical monument that is worth seeing in Thessaloniki. This fort was once used as a strategic vantage point. As a result it has been attacked and damaged several times. The current tower is a replacement for the original one that stood there but still retains its name.
But this by no means diminishes the touristic appeal of the place. The lovely single tower stands imposingly in the town. Once a part of the walled city, it is now a huge tourist attraction and a very important landmark as well. There is a museum inside it that speaks about the glorious history of the tower and the city as well. It is certainly not to be missed while in Thessaloniki.
A beautiful fort in the city of Thessaloniki and worth a visit during your Greece trip. Destroyed and rebuilt many times since its establishment, it sees a lot of visitors everyday. If you wish to know more about The White Tower Ticket Prices, you can visit the place from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. The White Tower Tickets are pretty reasonable and can be availed on the point. Tickets for The White Tower are different for different age groups such as The White Tower Ticket Cost for senior citizens and minors are probably little less than others. Ensure to Buy Tickets for The White Tower and enjoy a nice time here.
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Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
Aristotelous Square is the central square and perhaps most important meeting place in Thessaloniki. This square by the looks of it might seem quite simple but there is always a lot of activity here that makes it a cultural center of sorts. It is named so after the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle who.
The most striking feature of this place is the sheer size. It is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. The huge square is surrounded by beautiful buildings like the Electra Palace that make it a real treat to see. Moreover there are several bars and cafes around in which you can enjoy the hustle bustle and activity in the square. It looks especially brilliant when lit up at night.
Another amazing part of the square is that it is also sea-facing. The gentle waves and the salty sea-breeze only add to the waterfront experience. It is certainly a great place to hang out in and take in the sights and sounds of Thessaloniki.
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6 ManoliAndronikou St., Thessaloniki, Greece
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki is a treasure trove or artefacts and an ode to the Macedonian Legacy of the area. You will be able to see an astonishing number of incredibly beautiful pieces of art and art objects as well as other articles from the ancient times.
The beautiful pottery, the stunning mosaics and the lovely paintings of the era have been displayed in the museum. You will also find a number of sculptures, and metal work objects that are worth a see. The best part about the museum is the collection of miniatures. The whole place is a fascinating collection of treasures from the past and hence a definite must see in Thessaloniki.
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Ano Poli, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece
The Ano Poli or old town of Thessaloniki is a fascinating place to visit while in the city. The area was a part of the ancient walled city. The place has survived the great fire and several years and you will be able to find wonderful examples of Ottoman Architecture, Macedonian Monuments and hence many historical sites in this area.
The striking part of the area is perhaps how well-preserved it has managed to remain. Kastra and Tsninari make up this area rich with both history and beauty. Interestingly the place is also surrounded by numerous restaurants which will provide lovely views of the ancient city. To explore the amazing and varied architecture of Thessaloniki even more, the Old town should certainly be explored.
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2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is a wonderful tribute to the Byzantine Era in Greece’s history. The ancient Greek and the modern Christian come together in the Byzantine tradition which is absolutely fascinating to see.
The museum showcases the period of history with the aid of over 2000 rare and lovely artefacts. These have been painstakingly collectedand form a part of the giant permanent collection. There are several temporary exhibitions in the place as well. The exhibits are certainly lovely to look at but what makes them amazing are the way they depict the history behind it. If you want to discover Greece’s past, this museum is a must visit.
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Kapani Market, Thessaloniki, Greece
They say that to see the real beating heart of any city, you should visit its markets. If you do believe in this wise adage, a trip to Kapani Market is an absolute must in the city of Thessaloniki. It is a wonderful place in to take in the sights and sounds of the town.
If you are a foodie, you will absolutely enjoy this place. The narrow isles around the place are filled to the brim with the greenest and freshest produce you can find. Meat, fish, vegetables and in general the works; there is nothing you won’t be able to find here. Even if you don’t mean to buy anything, it is an amazing experience to walk the narrow alleyways and observe the vibrant colors, the lovely flavors and the constant haggling. It is an experience not to be missed.
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Ecke und Agios Dimitrios Agios Nikolaos, Thessaloniki, Greece
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Saint Demetrios was the patron saint of Thessaloniki. This lovely church has been erected in his memory and honor in the lovely Greek city. The old and charming building is definitely worth a see and perhaps one of the prettiest historic sites in the city.
The architecture of the church belongs to the Byzantine era and this shows in its stoic and imposing building and the lovely windows. The interiors are beautiful and look especially striking when they are lit up by light flooding in through the tall windows. There is also a rather spooky underground crypt that can be explored. The church is a lovely representation of the Byzantine era. You should also take a guide to the place to know more about the fascinating stories about its construction.
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Arch of Galerius, Thessaloniki, Greece
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Arch of Galerius is an ancient historical site from the time of King Galerius who was a noted if violent monarch of the region. The arch stands rather alone in a crowded area in the city center but it adds to its beauty.
The old arch is a ruin and a part of an ancient city that had a glorious part. Today it has become the center of the social life in Thessaloniki. The place is a very popular place to meet and the charming cafes and restaurants as well as markets in the area ensure that there is plenty to do around this historical monument.
As a result the arch is an important place on the tourism scene. The carving and architecture is worth admiring and the atmosphere is worth taking in.
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75 Apostolou Pavlou St, Thessaloniki, Greece
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Ataturk Museum in Thessaloniki celebrates the life and times of Ataturk. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkey is the life which is celebrated through this museum. Although it is in Thessaloniki, it has been given to the Turkish State.
The museum is housed in Ataturk’s home has preserved the furniture and artefacts from his life to the tee. The humble abode has been renovated for tourists to come and see this wonderful place that is reminiscent of a great leader who formed a nation. Most of the furniture is authentic and from his childhood home. The rest is from his later life and days in turkey. Seeing this simple yet powerful place is one unique experience that is a must-do in Thessaloniki.
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Ayios Nikolaos Orfanos, Thessaloniki, Greece
07:30 am - 08:00 pm
Vlatadon Monastery, or MoniVlatadon in Thessaloniki is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet in, not far from the city. This tiny and tranquil place near Ano Polis area is a small yellow building rich with history and culture.
The structure itself is a delight to look at. Stone and brick walls, arches and the corridors are reminiscent of the old timey architecture of the area. Built in the 1300s the monastery still houses monks and hence is a place of tremendous calm and tranquility. You will be able to see the ancient acropolis from here.
The Monks are also fond of the pet peacocks that they have bred here which is an added treat. If you are looking for some meditative time out in Thessaloniki do explore this place.
This beautiful, imposing and memorable church in Thessaloniki is perhaps from the 6th or 8th Century. The old and stunning structure is also perhaps one of the oldest buildings to be found in the city as well. This church may not be as famous as its namesake and counterpart in Istanbul but its gigantic beauty surely makes it a lovely tourist attraction.
The single dome surrounded by the square building speaks volumes through its simplicity and elegance. The old brickwork gives the place a rustic charm that cannot be faked. The interiors are as simple but the mélange of gold and color make them a stunning sight. It is certainly one of the sites worth visiting in Thessaloniki.
This lovely Byzantine Church in Thessaloniki is a real visual treat in the city. It may be tiny but the size in no way reduces its vibrant charm. The Byzantine Architecture of Thessaloniki is certainly worth a note. You will be able to see quite a few amazing sites if you go on a quest for Byzantine construction and it is a quest worth making.
But if you can only see one church other than the usual suspects, make it this one. It is a bit hidden and hard to find but you will find the church to be worth it. The intricate carving, the arched windows, the domes and everything in between is absolutely stunning to look at. The place is the perfect example of breathtaking Byzantine work and certainly a must-visit.
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Greek Agora and Roman Forum, Thessaloniki, Greece
08:00 am - 03:00 pm
The Old Agora or the Ancient Agora or the Greek Agora and Roman Forum, this place known by many names is a symbol of ancient Greece in Thessaloniki.
There is a lowered area accessed by descending the steps that was once a popular meeting point. An agora is very important in ancient Greek culture as a place where important issues were addressed and discussed. This ancient ruin that was excavated in Thessaloniki is sure to take you back in time.
Observing the ancient architecture and imagining the past is sure to be a treat for just about anybody planning to visit the place but if you are a lover of history, this place is a surefire must add to your list.
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Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Egnatia 154 (on the grounds of Thessaloniki International Fair) , 546 36 THESSALONIKI
10:00 am - 09:00 pm
The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art is a unique place to visit in Thessaloniki. While Greece is known for its ancient buildings, monuments, paintings and the likes, its contemporary cultural scene is equally interesting.
From Photographs, to sketches to paintings you will find an array of astonishing modern art here. Often depicting the Greece of the past in a modern way, the art has its roots in the rich Macedonian Legacy. There are quite a few sculptures and installations to see as well. Along with the permanent collection they also often have temporary exhibitions of new artists. To see the modern in the ancient is suddenly intriguing making this a very interesting museum worth visiting.
Located at 61, Egnatia Street is this 4-star hotel which offers cosy and comfortable stay and offers facilities like indoor pool, day spa, massage centres to its guests. The hotel is close to all major attractions of the city, being only a walk away from Thessaloniki Olympic Museum, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Airport is also close by.