Thessaloniki airport to Thessaloniki city center transfer - Thessaloniki City Information
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece not only in terma of population numbers but also in terms of cultural, commercial and industrial activity. It is a lovely and vivid city with its own particular character.
The location of Thessaloniki is ideal and has helped the city throughout history to maintain its importance as it has become since its early times a significant harbour and the gate of to Balcans.
The commercial and economical activity developed in the city is crucial not only for Greece but also for all the surrounding countries. The international Commerce and Industry Exhibition is a very important event that fills the city every autumn.
Apart though from its role as a busy city Thessaloniki has developed a strong tourist industry as well, due to numerous historical sites and important museums that the city hosts.
The tourists fill the city all year round to enjoy the amazing food, life style and markets that the city has to offer along with the cultural background that the long history has attached.
Thessaloniki is also th gate to Halkidii peninsula and its renowned beaches and natural landscapes that are within easy reach from the city.
The city is renowned for the numerous Byzantine monuments, Ottoman and Jewish architecture.
The nightlife is also a strong card for Thessaloniki that the past decades has transformed into en international entertainment centre combining with unique charm picturesque taverns, designer restaurants and bars, laid back attitude and modern nightclubs and has also managed to host some of the biggest music events in Europe.
As a visitor you should not miss to try the famous bougatsa, and the crème triangles (trigona), which are, both made with crusty pastry filled with sweet cream or cheese and are sold in the bakeries throughout the city.
The city ws founded approximately in 315BC by the King of Macedonia –Cassander – who choose thename of his wife -Thessalonica- when naming the city. As part of being a located in an important geographical position, Thessaloniki has always been a multinational inhibited city.
The city showcases long history in which after the fall of Macedonian kingdom it passed to the Roman Empire and then to back to the Greeks and the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines helped the city to grow and prosper and Byzantine landmarks can be seen all over Thessaloniki. When the Ottomans came the city left just a few architectural examples since there was not much of development at the time.
Today Thessaloniki is growing fast and it is a city that has it all: Development, historical sites, cultural events, amazing food, unique character, vibrant lifestyle and nightlife and in one sentence: Plenty of choices that can satisfy even the most eccentric tastes.
The White Tower of Thessaloniki that is the symbol of the city
The Arch and Tomb of Galerius commonly known as the "Kamara"
The agora and the Roman Forum
The Roman Palace and Hippodrome
The Byzantine walls of the Upper City (Ano Poli) and the castle
The Upper Town or 'Ano Poli' with beautiful wooden houses
OTE Tower, that is a TV tower in the centre of the Thessaloniki Expo Center
The promenade of Nikis Avenue is where the heart of the city beats.
Aristotelous Square that is shaped like a bottle
the Karabournaki area, in Eastern Thessaloniki
The Kyvernion (little Palace) that was the residence of the King and Queen of Greece
The Concert Hall of Thessaloniki in the east side
Thessaloniki Intemational Trade Fair held every September, organised by Helexpo.
Teloglion Foundation of Art
European Center of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments
Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
State Museum of Contemporary Arts
Macedonia-Thrace Folklore and Ethnological Museum
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum
Thessaloniki Cinema Museum
Thessaloniki Museum of the Macedonian Struggle
Thessaloniki Sports Museum
Water Museum of Thessaloniki
White Tower of Thessaloniki, museum and monument
Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
Museum of Cinematography
The Goulandris Natural History Museum
The Church of Aghios Demetrios
Osios David, Vlatades Monastery
the Church of Aghia Sofia