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Basic information

  • Area: 17.832 km² (7 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +231
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 363,987
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: EET/EEST(UTC+2)

Thessaloniki – Overview

Lying on the shores of the Aegean Sea is Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city and the thriving capital of the Macedonian region.

Something of a sparkling gem, the city enjoys a very distinct and cosmopolitan character. Refined and more relaxed than its boisterous rival Athens, here you can see the sights, soak up the café culture and if its beautiful beaches you after, head to the turquoise coast of Halkidiki.

A self styled cultural capital, the city heaves with countless museums and galleries just aching to be explored, whilst for shopping the streets are adorned with a multitude of malls and chic boutiques. For bright lights and laughter hot foot it down to Ladadika near the old Jewish quarter, that boasts an almost bewildering selection of lively bars and barakias.

Thessalonki has a countless dining options to satisfy all tastes. Local cuisine is a marvellous mix of traditional Mediterranean flavours, all cooked up with a lively kick of Macedonian peppers. Famed for its seafood, visitors can tuck into the day’s freshest catch at one of many terrific tavernas around the city or head down to the harbour that buzzes with a plentiful supply of aromatic eateries. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a Bougatsa, a delicious dessert consisting of layers of crumbling filo pastry and stuffed with a heavy dollop of sweet semolina custard.

The city has established a great range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from family run guesthouses and bed & breakfasts to luxurious resorts. If you want to splurge on something sensational, then check into Thessaloniki’s gleaming new Met Hotel. Situated on the harbour front, the hotel is the epitome of sleek contemporary style in a palette of neutral tones. Sophisticated suites feature all that a technophile could desire plus an abundance of innovative art work. For panoramic views and a well deserved dip, head upstairs to the hotel’s uber glamorous roof top pool.

Thessaloniki is enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate that guarantees lots of sunshine throughout the year. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October) are the most popular seasons to visit the city when temperatures hover between a pleasant 16°C and 30°C. Summers can be very hot and humid, whilst in winter temperatures hover at around 10°C with the occasional snowfall.

Thessaloniki has all the modern conveniences needed for easy trip, with plentiful ATM machines and car rental companies throughout the city centre. A very helpful Visitor centre is located on Tsimiski Street, providing maps and up to date information. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, in bank branches or bureau de change booths. The currency used is the Euro.