The city of Thessaloniki

The city was founded in 315 BC by Cassander, in honor of his wife Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great. Since then, and due to its strategic position, Thessaloniki has been a commercial and cultural crossroad that brought together people and ideas from all over the world. The signs of this uninterrupted urban activity for more than 2,300 years are evident in each corner of the city.

Nowadays, Thessaloniki is a big, modern city, with a population of around one million, and an important administrative and financial centre of the Balkans. The warm and vibrant city life is largely influenced by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; the largest university in Greece, with more than 72,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students.

Thessaloniki is surrounded by places of great natural and historic beauty such as Olympus National Park, Vergina, where the Royal tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great was found, the autonomous Monastic state of mount Athos, and Chalkidiki with its beautiful sandy beaches.

People & Life

Thessaloniki is a popular destination. You will certainly enjoy a pleasant and interesting stay in the city. People are friendly and happy to help with any questions. The atmosphere is unique during the day in the commercial and shopping centre, but especially during the evening, in the wide variety of bars, restaurants and theatres for entertainment. Thessaloniki is renowned for its unique location, along the Thermaikos Gulf, its sunsets, its long history, its monuments and museums as well as its distinguished cuisine.


A city by the sea with an annual average of 300 days of sunshine. Every season in Thessaloniki can be enjoyable to the utmost. Typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. The weather in September ranges from min. 15°C to max. 27°C.


The White Tower on the water front. The main landmark of Thessaloniki. The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki & The Museum of Byzantine Culture. The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century a.D. The Ladadika district near the port, known for the ‘local color’ and the sophisticated entertainment options. Visit the numerous Byzantine Churches of Thessaloniki, dating back to the early Christian years. Experience local and international gastronomy in a city where cookery is a passion! Taste local wine and visit wineries and vineyards following the ‘Wine Roads of Macedonia’. Enjoy Shopping in one of the most dynamic and innovative commercial centres of Greece.


Shaped like Poseidon’s trident and sticking out into the Aegean Sea, Halkidiki is a treat for visitors. Lush green forests that reach right down to the beach; golden sunlight reflected in the turquoise waters; a traditional style with a rich gastronomic and cultural heritage. Endless coves, unique architectural sites, perfectly preserved Christian monument and a host of unexplored treasures all add their own rich touch to the unique canvas that is Halkidiki. Among this blend of blue and green, there are several summer resorts on the beaches of all three fingers where other minor towns and villages are located. For a daily trip, you can choose an exotic beach bar, either to spend some private time, relax or have fun.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Archaeological Museum

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Points of Interest

How to get here

By bus (#78/#78N*) arrival at the bus stop ”Aristotelous” (cost €2 one way while travelling lasts 35′ and then walk 570 meters for 10 minutes. (Total time 45′).

With #78N go down in “Antigonidon” stop (12:00-05.30)

By taxi it costs approximately (€20-€25 with travelling time 20′).