The fun of Thessaloniki holidays makes it an easy place to love. Greece’s vibrant second city offers you an arm, shows you around, then takes you for a slap-up meal and an ouzo. This dynamic and inviting place is one of the most cosmopolitan cities, not just in Greece, but in Europe as a whole – and its reputation is on the up.
Thessaloniki holidays mean culture-packed days and fun-fuelled nights. Situated in the far north of the mainland, Thessaloniki has been at the crossroads of European and Ottoman cultures for centuries. It’s a role reflected in everything from art to museums to nightlife and local delicacies. History is written in the streets. Thessaloniki is considered an open-air museum of Byzantine art, boasting no less than 15 Unesco World Heritage sites.
There are dozens of contemporary museums (including one that focuses on basketball) and a celebrated year-round programme of festivals and events. Its restaurant scene is lively and innovative, producing some of the best dishes the country has to offer. While old warehouses are reimagined as contemporary arts and concert spaces, ancient narrow streets still flow into squares where locals sit gossiping under the shade of plane trees. Fun is a local tradition – make sure you’re there for the party.
Stroll the lively Ladadika district. All but abandoned in the 1970s, it was declared a historic monument in 1985 and Ladadika’s colourful traditional tavernas, bistros, shops and restaurants have jumped back to life.
The White Tower
Thessaloniki’s White Tower is its defining monument, built on a Byzantine fortification around the 16th century. Climb six storeys to the top to its museum to the city.
Ano Poli district
The elevated Ano Poli district escaped Thessaloniki’s 1917 fire, meaning it retained the same labyrinth of cobbled streets, pomegranate trees and authentic Byzantine and Ottoman architecture it’s had for centuries.