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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. Located on the Thermaic Gulf, it has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. The city was founded in 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon and was named after his wife, Thessaloniki, who was the half-sister of Alexander the Great.

Throughout its history, Thessaloniki has played a significant role in the development of the region and the country as a whole. It has been a major cultural and economic center, with a diverse population and a vibrant arts scene. Today, Thessaloniki is known for its lively atmosphere, delicious food, and beautiful beaches. It is also home to several universities, making it an important educational hub.

In modern times, Thessaloniki has undergone significant development and has become a major tourist destination. Visitors can explore the city’s many historical landmarks, such as the White Tower, the ancient agora, and the Church of Agios Dimitrios. Thessaloniki is also home to a number of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Byzantine Culture, which houses a collection of artifacts from the city’s rich history. In addition, the city is known for its lively nightlife and bustling markets, where visitors can sample local foods and shop for souvenirs.


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  Ladadika is a neighborhood in the center of the city, near the port.The area took its name from the word 'ladi,' which means oil, as in the past it used to be the selling oil spot of the city. Ladadika is known for its lively atmosphere and its many bars, tavernas, and clubs, which make it a popular destination for nightlife in Thessaloniki. The neighborhood is also home to many small businesses, such as shops and restaurants, as well as historical and cultural landmarks. The streets of Ladadika are often crowded with people, especially in the evening and on weekends, as it is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.


Aristotelous Square is a major public square in the center of Thessaloniki. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in the nearby city of Stageira, a statue of whom you will also find there. The square is located at the eastern end of the city's waterfront promenade, it was redesigned by French architect Ernest Hébrard after a fire in 1917 and is now considered the heart of the city. Aristotelous is a popular tourist destination and is known for its beautiful fountain, which was designed by the architect Anastasios Metaxas and completed in 1960. On the square, you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, as well as cultural events and performances. The Kapani, Modiano, and Athonos markets can also be found in the side streets surrounding the square. In general, this square is a bustling and vibrant area that is central to the life and culture of Thessaloniki.

Old City ( Ano Poli )

Ano Poli is a neighborhood in Thessaloniki that is filled with stone-paved alleys, traditional houses, and impressive Byzantine and Ottoman-era monuments. It is a place where the past and present coexist, with a rich history that can be seen, sung, and tasted. The upper town is known for its enchanting labyrinth of narrow streets and charming Ottoman vernacular architecture, with partially timbered houses painted in shades of ochre, terracotta, and dusty blue. Even the ruins are picturesque, adorned with contemporary street art. Ano Poli is a quiet and lively neighborhood, with residents who help preserve its intimate character by chatting across narrow alleys or lowering baskets by rope for their bread and newspapers. The views and breezes of the upper town make it a desirable place to live. Ano Poli escaped the Great Fire of 1917 and remains unchanged, a truly enchanting neighborhood that has been captivating visitors and locals for centuries.

Navarinou Square

Navarinou Square is a bustling and vibrant neighborhood located in the heart of Thessaloniki. The square is surrounded by a variety of dining and entertainment options, including cafes, creperies, bars, and restaurants. The area is known for its lively atmosphere, particularly among students and young professionals who frequent the modern cafes and bars that line the streets. The Gounari walkway, located nearby, is also known for its "alternative" atmosphere and local vibe. In addition to its dining and entertainment options, Navarinou Square is home to the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and the remains of the Galerius Palace, both of which are significant cultural and historical attractions in Thessaloniki. The square is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a rich cultural experience as well as a variety of amenities and conveniences.


Kalamaria is a neighborhood in Thessaloniki known for its stunning seaside views and vibrant atmosphere. With a rich history and diverse culture, Kalamaria is home to wide sidewalks lined with lilies, red plum trees, and well-maintained apartment buildings. The Governor's House, Karambournaki, Aretsou, and Nea Fountain are all known for their beauty and contribute to the charm of the area. In the past, Kalamaria was a place where many boats left from its stairs, and it has since become a hub of activity and progress. With its close proximity to the sea and the view of Mount Olympus, Kalamaria could be considered the Riviera of Thessaloniki. Regardless, it is a place that is full of life, well-connected to the rest of the city, with good public transport links and easy access to major roadways.

Hanth Square

Xanth Square is located at the beginning of Tsimiski, the most commercial road in the city, and is situated close to the sea. The square takes its name from the Christian Brotherhood of the Youth of Thessaloniki, which is located there. Nearby, you'll find the Archaeological Museum and the Royal Theatre of Thessaloniki, as well as the International Trade Fair grounds. The Trade Fair features the impressive Tower of OTE, which was the site of the first television signal broadcast in Greece in the 1960s. The building that hosts the Xanth is one of the oldest in the city, and it offers a variety of sports and activities such as swimming, soccer, volleyball, Pilates, pottery, and jewelry making etc.


Rotonda is a neighborhood of Thessaloniki named after the round building located there, known as the Rotonda. It is located near the Arch of Galerius or Kamara, both of which are popular gathering places for locals. The neighborhood is within walking distance of Thessaloniki's various archaeological sites and some of the city's most famous Byzantine churches. In addition to its proximity to these historical attractions, Rotonda is close to Aristotle University, making it popular with the young people of the city.

Beach Promenade

The beach promenade in Thessaloniki, also known as the "Seaside Boulevard," is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Located along the city's waterfront, the promenade stretches for several kilometers and offers stunning views of the Thermaic Gulf. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the wide, tree-lined path, stopping to sit on one of the many benches or to grab a refreshment at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the way. The promenade is especially popular in the evenings, when the sun sets over the water and the city's iconic White Tower is illuminated. In addition to its scenic beauty, the promenade is also a hub of activity, with regular events and festivals taking place throughout the year.

Agia Triada

Agia Triada is a small district located in the heart of the city center, just across from the sea. Its location offers breathtaking views of the water and the surrounding area. The district is known for its lush gardens, which are popular destinations for walks and relaxation during the summer months. Some of the notable gardens in Agia Triada include the Alexander the Great Garden, the Garden of the Afternoon Sun, the Garden of the Sand, and the Garden of the Mediterranean. These gardens provide a welcome respite from the heat and a beautiful place to take in the sights and sounds of the city.


If you want to experience a more edgy side of the city, then Vardaris is the place to go. This central part of Thessaloniki is situated just a short distance from the port and has a reputation for being an extension of the main harbor road. The area is renowned for its red-light district, but it is also home to the end of the Byzantine walls. Vardaris is easily accessible, as it is located near the train station. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's more risque side or simply want to take in some historical sights, Vardaris is definitely worth a visit.

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    WIND (internet provider)

    If you also believe that working and studying from home is important and should be achieved with fast speeds, then WIND Fiber is here for you. You will be able to communicate with your colleagues and participate in video conferences without any delay, even when simultaneous video calls are taking place. Fiber optics are not affected by external factors, resulting in a stable and reliable Internet connection at 100 Mbps. They can't stop you anywhere!

    Places to Work - Coworking Places

    Regus (Vasileos Irakleiou 53)

    A prime business location in the city center. Work in style in an office space at 53 Vassileos Herakliou Street, located in the heart of Thessaloniki. The attractive building with its gray marble exterior is easily accessible, just a short walk from the bus and train station. Greet your guests in a spacious, bright room with high ceilings. Feel at home in the public areas with their vibrant accents and grab a snack at the on-site snack bar. After work, check out the trendy cafes and nearby stores or take a walk around the harbor area.


    Coho - the coworking home - is a network of dynamically growing, co-working, collaboration, and professional development spaces located in the center of Thessaloniki. The harmonious work and meeting space offers everything needed for success, including an inspiring and creative environment, opportunities for networking with other professionals, and the possibility of support from a circle of experienced professionals. With very affordable prices tailored to needs and possibilities, Coho is an excellent value. Amenities at the workspace include comfortable workplaces, reliable internet access, equipped meeting and conference rooms, a fax machine, color printer, lockers, a brainstorming blackboard, a rest room, and a beverage station.

    I4G PRO (Egnatia 153)

    I4G PRO (Egnatia 153) is a location that offers a range of workspace solutions to accommodate every work style at very reasonable prices. Options include private offices, coworking spaces, and meeting rooms. In addition to functional workspace, shared common areas such as a kitchen and break room are also available. As a member of I4G PRO, you'll be part of a vibrant community and have the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of professionals. So why wait? Choose the space that best fits your needs and start taking advantage of everything that I4G PRO has to offer.

    Coho City (Ptolemeon 29)

    Coho City is the younger sibling of the original Coho workspace located near Thessaloniki's town hall. Like its older sibling, Coho City is a welcoming place that feels like home. This brand new, larger workspace is equipped with all the amenities anyone could want in an office, including comfortable workplaces, reliable internet access, equipped meeting and conference rooms, a fax machine, color printer, lockers, a brainstorming blackboard, a rest room, and a beverage station. Located in the heart of the city, Coho City is a convenient and comfortable place to work.


    Sports & Nature

    Sports and Activities

    Tandem Skydive

    Tandem skydiving is an exciting and thrilling way to experience the thrill of skydiving while being securely attached to an experienced instructor. This is a great way to experience skydiving for the first time without the commitment of completing a solo skydiving course. Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the excitement and rush of skydiving without the need for extensive training. Also, since the instructor is responsible for all aspects of the jump, including the deployment of the parachute, you can simply enjoy the experience and take in the breathtaking views. This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and try something new and exciting.

    Discover Thessaloniki from the Sea

    Experience the beauty of Thessaloniki from the water with a three-hour city-tour cruise. Departing from the Marina of Thessaloniki, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city's landmarks as you cruise along the bay. Highlights of the tour include the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the O.T.E. Tower, the iconic White Tower, Aristotelous Square, Eptapyrgio, and the Old Port. This is a unique opportunity to see Thessaloniki from a different perspective and discover its rich history and culture. Plus, with the convenience of returning to the Marina of Thessaloniki, you can easily continue exploring the city on your own or relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the waterfront. Don't miss out on this exciting and immersive tour of Thessaloniki.

    Parthenonas Neos Marmaras

    Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure on our hike tour, perfect for nature enthusiasts seeking a bit of excitement. The trail starts in the picturesque hilltop village of Parthenonas, located on the middle finger of the Halkidiki peninsula. Take some time to wander around the village before beginning the challenging descent through lush olive groves, verdant woodlands, and past a historic water mill. The views of the village and sparkling sea are truly breathtaking, and the sense of accomplishment upon completing the hike is unparalleled. This challenging trek is not for the faint of heart, but the reward of breathtaking scenery and the numerous physical and mental benefits of hiking make it well worth the effort. Don't miss out on this thrilling and rewarding hike tour.

    Porto Carras – Ampelones

    Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Chalkidiki peninsula on our coastal hike tour. Starting at Porto Carras, you'll follow a route that takes you through the stunning high hills and along the shimmering Aegean sea, offering unparalleled views of the crystal-clear water and the coves and beaches below. As you wander through the sunshine-drenched hills, you'll have the opportunity to explore lush vineyards and enchanting woodlands. The route ends back in Porto Carras, making it convenient to continue exploring the area or relax at a local cafe. This moderate hike is suitable for intermediate hikers and is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of the Chalkidiki region. Don't miss out on this incredible and rewarding adventure.

    Mount Olympus

    Escape the city and discover the breathtaking beauty and rich history and legend of the Greek landscape on a Mount Olympus hike tour. Located just an hour and a half from Thessaloniki, Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and home to ancient Greek mythology. Embark on a challenging yet rewarding hike to the summit and witness stunning panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. Along the way, you'll encounter diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking waterfalls, and ancient ruins. This unforgettable experience will allow you to connect with nature and immerse yourself in the mythical tales of the gods. Don't miss the opportunity to conquer Mount Olympus and create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Canyoning on Mt Olympus

    Experience the thrill of canyoning on Mount Olympus, a truly unforgettable adventure. Located just an hour's drive from Thessaloniki, this national park is home to sparkling rivers and breathtaking canyons, making it the perfect setting for an adrenaline-pumping canyoning adventure. As you journey through the landscape, you'll have the opportunity to jump off waterfalls, descend on ropes, swim in crystal-clear rivers, and even drink some of the purest water straight from the mountain top. Whether you're an experienced canyoner or simply looking to try something new, this tour is suitable for all skill levels and is a great way to challenge yourself and admire the breathtaking scenery of the Mount Olympus region.


    Escape the city and immerse yourself in the peaceful natural beauty of Sheikh Sou, an urban forest located just outside of Thessaloniki. Walking its trails is a pleasant surprise for those who choose to explore this hidden gem. With its proximity to the city and breathtaking views of Thessaloniki, this is an adventure that truly rewards the senses. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Sheikh Sou is the perfect destination for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty and serenity of this urban oasis.

    Bird watching in the Agios Mamas and Sani wetlands

    The wetlands of Agios Mamas and Sani are a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Home to over 215 bird species, many of which are rare or endangered, this peaceful oasis is a haven for a wide variety of stunning birds. As you explore the wetlands, you'll have the opportunity to spot beautiful creatures like collared pratincoles, black-winged stilts, and flamingoes. With its tranquil waters and captivating birdlife, the wetlands of Agios Mamas and Sani are the perfect place to relax and appreciate the beauty and diversity of the Chalkidiki region. Don't miss out on this unique and rewarding experience.

    Scuba Diving

    Discover the captivating underwater world of Chalkidiki with scuba diving tours. Whether you prefer crystal-clear waters or the mystery of dark underwater caves, sandy seabeds or steep peaks, Chalkidiki has something for every diver. As you explore the beautiful reefs and shipwrecks of the region, you'll be amazed by the diverse array of marine life including colorful fish, octopuses, and even the occasional turtle. With stunning visibility and a range of dive sites to choose from, Chalkidiki is the perfect place to experience the beauty and excitement of the underwater world. The tours are suitable for all skill levels and include all necessary equipment. Don't miss out on this immersive adventure!

    Bicycle tour of Mount Holomontas

    Mount Holomontas is an idyllic forest that offers a perfect escape from the city for those who want to explore its wildlife on two wheels and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Whether you're an experienced biker or just looking to enjoy the sights, Mount Holomontas is a great destination for a two-wheeled adventure. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the magic of this forest and have a unique and fulfilling experience. Join in and explore the beauty of Mount Holomontas.

    Beaches nearby


    Kalogria Beach is a beautiful and serene beach located in Sithonia, Chalkidiki. With its crystal-clear waters and golden sands, Kalogria Beach is a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The beach is well-equipped with amenities such as sun loungers and umbrellas, making it a comfortable and convenient place to relax and soak up the sun. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. With its picturesque setting and peaceful atmosphere, Kalogria Beach is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Chalkidiki.


    Nestled on the lush green foothills of Mount Itamos, Lagomandra Beach is a hidden gem located just 47 km southeast of the capital city of Halkidiki, Poligiros. With its golden sands and natural amphitheater-like shape, Lagomandra is a picturesque and peaceful destination for beach lovers. The beach is well-maintained and offers long, open stretches of sand for leisurely strolls. As you relax on the beach, you may even have the opportunity to witness Greek fishermen bringing their brightly-colored boats onto the shore. With its serene atmosphere and lack of crowds, Lagomandra Beach is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the Halkidiki region.


    Karydi Beach is a breathtaking and secluded destination located in the region of Chalkidiki, 53 km southeast of Poligiros on Vourvourou Bay in Sithonia. With its white sands and stunning landscape, Karydi Beach is a well-known spot for its natural beauty. The beach is a mix of soft, white sands and jagged rock formations, adding to its picturesque setting. The clear, shallow green waters of the beach make it a safe place for children to swim and play. Surrounded by tall, green pine trees, Karydi Beach offers a sense of seclusion and tranquility, making it the perfect place to relax and escape the stresses of daily life.


    Platanitsi Beach is a beautiful spot located on the southern side of the Sithonia peninsula, about 72 km southeast of Poligiros. With its soft, golden sands and crystal-clear green waters, Platanitsi Beach is a popular destination for travelers from nearby resorts. The beach offers a range of amenities for beachgoers, including sun loungers, umbrellas, and water sports clubs. Visitors will also find a variety of restaurants and cafes nearby, making it a convenient and family-friendly destination.


    Nestled about 50 km south of Poligiros, the capital of Halkidiki, Kallithea Beach is a beloved and well-organized destination for beachgoers. With its crystal-clear waters, soft golden sands, and verdant greenery, this beach is the ultimate spot for a relaxing vacation. Visitors will find a variety of amenities at Kallithea Beach, including sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports equipment for rent. Whether you're looking to soak up the sun or try your hand at a new aquatic adventure, Kallithea Beach has something for everyone.


    Paliouri Beach is a well-known and highly regarded destination located in the region of Chalkidiki, on the Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki. The area of Chrouso was once its own settlement, but it was united with Paliouri in 1918. With its "golden" sands, warm crystal-clear waters, and abundance of natural beauty, Paliouri Beach is considered one of the best in the entire region. Visitors to this shallow beach often feel like they're in the Bahamas, and the pine forest reaches almost to the shoreline. While part of the beach is organized with amenities such as sun loungers and umbrellas, a portion remains unorganized for those who prefer to bring their own.

    History & Tradition

    Thessaloniki, also known as Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. It has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times, when it was founded in 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon and named after his wife, Thessalonike, the half-sister of Alexander the Great. Throughout the centuries, Thessaloniki has been conquered and ruled by various empires, including the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. The city played a significant role in the Hellenistic Era, with limited political autonomy, and was later incorporated into the Roman Republic. It was known for its prosperity and cultural reputation, which attracted influential figures such as Paul the Apostle, Roman Emperor Galerius, Cicero, and Lucian. Thessaloniki is a city with a strong connection to its past and a rich cultural heritage. It is home to many landmarks and ancient sites, including a Roman triumphal arch and numerous archaeological remains. The city has a diverse architecture, cuisine, and way of life, reflecting its history as a melting pot of cultures and influences. Thessaloniki is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is known for its vibrant arts scene and lively nightlife. Some of its notable landmarks include the White Tower, an iconic symbol of the city and a museum of its history, and the Church of Agios Dimitrios, one of the oldest churches in the city.

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    White Tower

    The White Tower is a historic landmark in Thessaloniki. It is an iconic symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction. The tower was originally built in the 15th century as a fortification and later served as a prison and a museum. It was repainted white in the late 19th century, which is how it got its name. Today, the White Tower is a museum of the city's history, with exhibits on the history of Thessaloniki and the tower itself. It is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Thessaloniki and offers stunning views of the city from its observation deck.

    Agios Dimitrios

    The Church of Agios Dimitrios, also known as Saint Demetrios Church, is a historic church located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is one of the oldest churches in the city, named after Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki. The church was built in the 4th century and has undergone numerous renovations and additions over the centuries. It is known for its impressive architecture, with a mix of styles including Byzantine, Ottoman, and neoclassical. The Church of Agios Dimitrios is an important cultural and historical site and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Thessaloniki. In addition to its local significance, the Church of Agios Dimitrios is also part of the "Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki," a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. The site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 and includes several important churches, monasteries, and other cultural and historical landmarks in Thessaloniki that date back to the early Christian and Byzantine periods. The Church of Agios Dimitrios is one of the most notable landmarks within the site and is known for its rich history and architecture.

    Agia Sophia

    The Church of Agia Sophia is a famous and highly regarded religious structure located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It has a long and storied history, with the current building having been constructed in the 8th century, based on the design of Istanbul's Agia Sophia, but with a church having stood on the same site since the 3rd century. It has a rectangular plan with three aisles and a large dome, and is decorated with elaborate frescoes and mosaics and has undergone numerous renovations and restorations over the centuries. This church is a popular tourist attraction and has played a number of roles throughout its history, including serving as the cathedral of Thessaloniki and being used as a mosque for several centuries. Its historical and architectural significance has been recognized by UNESCO, which has included it on the World Heritage List.


    The Vlatades Monastery is a stunning religious complex located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was founded in the 14th century and is dedicated to Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki. The monastery boasts an impressive main church and several chapels, all adorned with elaborate frescoes and mosaics. It is a popular tourist attraction and an important place of worship for the city's Christian community.

    Arch Of Galerius

    The Arch of Galerius, also known as ‘’Kamara’’, is a historic monument located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was built in the 4th century as a triumphal arch to commemorate the victories of Roman Emperor Galerius over the Sassanid Persians. The arch stands at a height of about 13 meters and is decorated with relief sculptures depicting the emperor's battles. It is a popular tourist attraction and an important cultural and historical site in Thessaloniki. The Arch of Galerius is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the city and offers a glimpse into its rich history and cultural heritage. The arch is located in the city center, near the Rotunda of St. George, another significant historical and architectural landmark in Thessaloniki.

    The Heptapyrgion Fortress

    The Eptapyrgion Fortress is a historic fortress located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was originally built in the 4th century by the Byzantines, with the seven towers being added in the 14th century. The fortress was later rebuilt by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the 19th century, it was converted into a jail and has held political prisoners during various times in its history, including during the German occupation in World War II and during Greece's military dictatorship. The fortress is a significant cultural and historical site in Thessaloniki and is a popular tourist attraction. It is known for its strategic location on a hill overlooking the city and its impressive architecture, with walls, towers, and gates dating back to different periods of its history.

    Bey Hamam

    The Hamam Bey is an Ottoman-era building in Thessaloniki located on the Egnatia street. It was built in 1444 by Sultan Murad II, also known as Bey, and takes its name from him. The building served as a hammam (public bath) until the 1960s and was restored in the 1980s. It is also known as the "Paradise Baths." Today, it serves as a venue for cultural events. The architecture of the Hamam Bey, with its domes, arches, and niches, is impressive and features influences from Roman and Byzantine bath architecture. It is the largest "double" hamam in Greece. The building was used by both men and women, with the men's section being larger and more luxurious. Men entered through the south side of the building, which is the central entrance with a preserved inscription, while women entered from the north side. The Hamam Bey is a characteristic example of Ottoman architecture and is a must-see attraction in Thessaloniki.

    The Ancient Forum

    The Ancient Forum of Thessaloniki was a central gathering place in the city during ancient times. It was located in the center of the city and was a hub of political, cultural, and social activity. The forum was surrounded by a number of important buildings, including the Temple of Apollo, the city's main library, and the Bema, a large platform where important speeches were given. The forum was also home to a number of public facilities, such as fountains, benches, and markets. The remains of the Ancient Forum can still be seen today, providing a glimpse into the city's rich history and cultural significance.



    The Haska custom is a tradition that takes place in Thessaloniki on the final Sunday of the carnival season known as Shrove Tuesday. During this custom, a string is attached to a small piece of wood and an egg or piece of halva is hung from it. Participants must attempt to bite into the egg or halva without using their hands. The use of the egg in this tradition is significant as it symbolizes life and creation in many cultures. The process of trying to catch the egg also adds to the fun of the custom, as it is not easy to do. Whoever is successful in "biting" the egg is considered lucky and receives an additional prize in addition to getting to eat the egg.

    The custom of the camel in Thermi

    This is a story that took place during the Turkish Occupation in a village in Halkidiki. There lived a very beautiful girl named Maniο, who everyone wanted as a wife. Maniο fell in love with a young man, but before they could get married, the son of the Turkish ruler abducted her. The young man then, along with his friends, devised a plan similar to that of the Trojan Horse. They made a camel,hid inside it, and left it at the entrance of the house on the day of the impending wedding. When it was night and all the Turks were drunk and sleeping deeply, the young Greek man, with his friends, abducted Maniο and married her on the spot. Thus, according to the tradition, young men hide under a camel statue, and dance in the village square.

    Ragoutsia of Chalastra

    In some areas of Macedonia, a tradition called Ragoutsi is practiced during the Christmas season, including in the town of Halastra in Thessaloniki. During the time when Turkey controlled the region, the authorities were unable to effectively protect villages from thieves and instead relied on groups of Greek people to guard them. These youths would travel through the villages on Christmas Day, wearing traditional clothing called foustanelles and carrying swords and tambourines as they went.

    The custom of the bun at the wedding

    Before the wedding, the groom's mother invites her relatives and neighbors to come and make the bride's koulouri (a sweet bread). The women who come have such imagination and skill that they make the bread a delicious work of art. They pluck small pieces of dough and place them on it, creating many patterns, filling the entire surface with great precision and excellent technique. Everything depicted on kouloura has its own meaning. The birds represent the children who will be born into the new family. The grapes represent productivity, the fruits represent prosperity, and the flowers represent the flowery life of the newlyweds. On the day of the wedding, the bride's home is welcomed with sweets, drinks, and mezedes, and there the bride breaks the koulouri and divides it into small pieces for the guests.

    Food & Nightlife

    One of the most famous cities in Greece, Thessaloniki, the jewel of Northern Greece, stands out around the world for its vibrant nightlife, variety and beauty. In the last few years, some of the most popular travel magazines and websites have been writing about Thessaloniki and the wide range of entertainment it offers.  In fact, it is among the top 10 cities that stand out for their nightlife according to National Geographic.   At the same time, this city is the ultimate gastronomic destination, without any exaggeration. Thessaloniki is a crossroads of flavors and cultures, which it has integrated into food culture with great success and recognition since it is now part of Unesco's Creative Cities of Gastronomy Network and has been named World Capital of Gastronomy for 2021.

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    In the beautiful and out of time neighborhood of the upper town you will find a small tavern just opposite the Byzantine walls. There you will find a variety of traditional Greek flavors as well as strong influences from Ottoman cuisine. Don't forget to ask what the special dish of the day is as every day a different tasty recipe is included in the delicacies on offer.


     The ''Massalia'' restaurant is named after the famous and beautiful French city from which the restaurant's logo is inspired, as the story goes that when Massalia was founded, during the celebrations, the Phocians offered the French people a wind vane, with a cockerel decoration, as a gift. The first Massalia store was located in the village of Fokies in Halkidiki, and in 2014 it opened its doors in Thessaloniki. From then until today, this sophisticated place serves excellent flavours, from fresh, local, and seasonal products, which is why its menu is constantly changing


    For seafood enthusiasts, this restaurant in Kalamaria is a must-visit. Situated by the coast, it offers breathtaking views of the Thermaic Gulf while you savor a delectable seafood lunch or dinner by the sea, paired with a finely curated selection of wines. Specializing in fresh fish from the Fish Auction of Michaniona, a market about 30km from Thessaloniki that boasts one of the biggest fishing fleets in the region, this restaurant is the ideal spot for a leisurely lunch in the Greek sun or a romantic dinner by the sea. Additionally, the restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere and is well-known for its excellent service.

    Ouzou Melathron

    Ouzou Melathron is a must-visit restaurant in Thessaloniki for seafood lovers. Located in a charming, traditional setting, Ladadika area, this restaurant serves up delicious, fresh seafood dishes that are sure to delight your taste buds. The atmosphere is warm and inviting! It’s a lively, fun-filled establishment with a playful atmosphere, featuring humorous posters and drawings adorning the walls and the service is impeccable. Be sure to try their signature ouzo, a Greek anise-flavored liquor, as you enjoy the stunning views of the Thermaic Gulf. Overall, Ouzo Melathron is a top choice for a memorable dining experience in Thessaloniki.

    Mia Feta Bar

    Mia Feta, located on Pavlou Mela Street, is a cheese lover's paradise. As its name suggests, it is a bar that specializes in feta and other Greek cheeses, but it also serves as a deli where you can purchase dairy products made by the Kourellas family, the owners of this unique concept store. In the morning, you can enjoy a breakfast of creamy Greek yoghurt topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and honey. In the evening, you can sample delicious dishes featuring the superfood that is feta cheese. Additionally, Mia Feta also operates as a restaurant, offering a wide range of dishes that showcase the versatility of feta cheese. Whether you're in the mood for a quick snack or a full meal, Mia Feta is the perfect choice.

    Ergon Agora

    Ergon Agora is a fantastic dining destination in Thessaloniki. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to access and an ideal spot for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner. The atmosphere is modern and stylish, with a cozy ambiance that is perfect for a romantic meal or a night out with friends. The food is top-notch, with a focus on traditional Greek dishes that are expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Standout dishes include the moussaka, the lamb souvlaki, and the octopus. The service is friendly and efficient, and the prices are reasonable. You can also find Ergon Agora East witch is another department of Ergon Agora, at the east of Thessaloniki where you can enjoy a lovely meal, coffee or a drink  with a wonderful view in a scenery that it doesn't remind you of a big city at all but on the contrary it gives you country vibes. Ergon Agora is a must-visit place, for anyone looking for delicious food and a great atmosphere.


    If you're looking to experience authentic Greek cuisine, you should definitely pay a visit to Ouzeri Tsinari. In Greek culture, an ouzeri is a place where you can enjoy ouzo, a traditional anise-flavored liquor, alongside small plates of mezedes, a variety of food combinations. Greeks often order a large selection of mezedes to try as many different dishes as possible. With a rich history dating back to 1885, Tsinari offers mezedes that pair perfectly with ouzo and taste like home-cooked meals, making you feel like you're eating at your grandmother's table rather than in a restaurant.


    Located in the eastern part of Thessaloniki at 11 Queen Olga Avenue, Bahtse is a charming Greek restaurant worth seeking out. The decor is eclectic and lively, with vintage furniture, colorful walls, and traditional Greek touches like colorful carpets and pottery adding to the atmosphere. But the real draw of Bahtse is its menu, which has something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for classic Greek dishes or looking to try something new, you'll find something to love at Bahtse.

    7 Thalasses

    7 Thalasses, also known as 7 Seas, is a highly acclaimed seafood restaurant in Thessaloniki. With a history of accolades including the 2006-2007-2008 Gourmet Award and the 2010 Best Greek Cuisine Award, it's clear that this restaurant is something special. The menu features an impressive selection of fresh, high-quality fish and seafood, with a focus on Greek organic ingredients. The atmosphere is chic and sophisticated, and the service is impeccable. If you're a seafood lover, 7 Thalasses is a must-visit restaurant in Thessaloniki.

    Cin - Cin

    Located in the city center, in one of the most famous areas, Iktinou street, this café-bar-restaurant offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is open all day and serves aromatic coffee and a variety of brunch options every day of the week. The outdoor backyard area offers a unique view of the Timios Prodromos church, where modern architecture blends with the city's Roman history. The interior design is relaxing and reminiscent of a tropical island. One of the standout features of this establishment is the open bar, where customers can watch as their orders are prepared right in front of them.

    Stin Taratsa

    Thessaloniki has many rooftop bars, and Stin Taratsa is one of them. It can be a bit hard to find as it's located in a seemingly abandoned building. To get to the bar, look for a sign on the street level and then head up the stairs. Once you reach the top, you'll find a stylish and trendy bar filled with locals. In this bar you will enjoy great music and innovative trends such as streaming of retro films from a projector. Do not forget to try the inspiring cocktails of this place, you will be fascinated!

    Dentro Sto Bar

    Dentro sto bar is the perfect destination for a night out in Thessaloniki. Located in the heart of the city, the bar has a lively and vibrant atmosphere, with comfortable seating and a range of drinks and snacks to choose from. Whether you are looking to enjoy a quiet drink or dance the night away, Dentro sto bar has something for everyone. The bar also has a range of events and entertainment, including live music and DJ sets, which add to its lively atmosphere.


    Stereo bar in Thessaloniki is the go-to spot for a fun and alternative night out. Located in the heart of the city, this trendy bar boasts a unique urban design with exposed brick walls and industrial-style accents. ‘’Stereo’’ is known for its lively atmosphere, top-quality music, and diverse crowd. Whether you're looking to dance the night away or just relax and chat with friends, there's something for everyone at this popular destination.

    Sky Bar

    Elevate your night out at the Sky Bar in Thessaloniki, a trendy rooftop bar with stunning 360-degree views of the city. Located on the top floor of the stylish MET hotel, the Sky Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink and take in the sights. The bar features a modern and sophisticated atmosphere, with sleek furnishings and a wide selection of cocktails and other drinks. Whether you're looking to relax with a group of friends or enjoy a romantic evening with a special someone, the Sky Bar is the place to be.


    Gorilas Club in Thessaloniki's Valaoritou area provides an unparalleled nightlife experience with top-quality music and cocktails. Located in the heart of the city, this popular club is famous for its lively atmosphere and first-rate music, with a focus on electronic and dance. The venue boasts an industrial, minimal yet warm and funky style with handcrafted details that stimulate all five senses, with a focus on high-quality ingredients. They craft seasonal menus with signature cocktails and twists on classic ones, and have a top-notch selection of over 200 spirits. In addition to its music and dance floor, the club also offers a wide selection of drinks and a one-of-a-kind restroom area that is sure to impress.

    Plateia Theatrou

    Plateia Theatrou bar in Thessaloniki is the ultimate destination for a night out on the town. Located in a prime spot in front of the Aristoteleion theater, this chic bar is a hub for social interaction and sophisticated fun. With a focus on local and international beer and wine, Plateia Theatrou attracts a diverse crowd of drink aficionados and is a popular choice for those looking to indulge in a luxurious nightlife experience. In addition to its impressive drink selection and chic decor, the bar also hosts special events and live music, adding an extra level of excitement and entertainment to your night out. The unique connection between Plateia Theatrou and the theater creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that attracts a diverse and interesting mix of people.

    Shark Bar

    Shark Bar-Restaurant is a vibrant, upscale venue that offers a range of high-end services and a glamorous atmosphere. Located in a prime location with stunning sea views. Whether you visit during the day or at night, Shark Bar-Restaurant promises a sensational experience with its wonderful sounds and style. It is the ultimate entertainment spot in town for those seeking an unforgettable night out.

    La Doze Bar

    Located in the Valaoritou neighborhood, La Doze bar is a versatile venue that caters to the creative, musical, and virtual art needs of the city. It boasts an extensive selection of premium spirits and craft cocktails that are expertly mixed with alchemical precision. Whether you're looking to unwind with a classic drink or try something new, La Doze has something for everyone.

    Bit Bazaar

    Bit Bazaar is a small district located in the heart of the city, hidden between Olympou, Venizelou, and Tositsa streets. Originally home to Greek refugees returning from Asia Minor in the 1920s, it is now home to a mix of antique shops and modern cafes, tavernas, and bars with alternative music. During the day, the antique shops are open for business, but at night, the bazaar transforms into a lively square filled with young people. Despite its humble beginnings, Bit Bazaar has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

    Ensayar The Four Seasons

    Ensayar The Four Seasons Bar is a cozy and welcoming venue that is sure to put visitors at ease. Known for its excellent service and stylish decor, this bar offers a unique selection of specialty cocktails and hosts unforgettable parties on the weekends. Whether you're looking to relax and unwind or celebrate with friends, Ensayar has something for everyone.