The city of Thessaloniki is known with many names due to its long history.
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Thessaloniki Airport – SKG Airport, also know as Macedonia Airport, is located at the eastern side of Thessaloniki approx. 21km far from the city’s center at Thermi. The airport is very small comparing with the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens. When there isn’t traffic it takes about half an hour to reach from Thessaloniki’s city center to the airport by car. During high traffic times, you should even estimate one hour.. Read more..
Thessaloniki Bus Station also known as KTEL Thessaloniki or Macedonia Bus Station is located on the west side of the city (about 5 km. away from the center of Thessaloniki). It is easily accessible by car, urban bus or taxi. The ticket offices can be found inside the station but also at the bus station’s offices in the center of Thessaloniki. Some regions of Greece are not served by the bus station’s offices in the center of Thessaloniki and due… Read more..
Thessaloniki Train Station – OSE is located on the west side of the city (about 2.8 km. away from Plateia Aristotelous -Aristotelous square – which is located in the center of Thessaloniki). It is easily accessible by car, urban bus or taxi or even walking. To give you an indication of the time needed to cross the distance from the train station to Aristotelous square (without traffic) you may check…Read more..
Visit Thessaloniki: Things to do in Thessaloniki
Are you traveling to Thessaloniki or passing from Thessaloniki for 1 or 2 days? Here is a list of things you can do! If you will stay more or would like to see more proposals please visit our ‘Top Proposals’ section and view our recommendations per type of interest.
Thessaloniki Boat Tours Tourist boats, can be found in front of the White Tower of Thessaloniki. As until today there are three different boats which travel inside Thermaikos Gulf and each of them [...]
Galerius Arch Thessaloniki - Kamara Galerius Arch, was build in Thessaloniki just before the 305AD as a memory of the victorious wars of Galerius against the Persians. It is located in the eastern [...]
Nea Paralia Thessaloniki The New Promenade | Nea paralia, is located between the White Tower and Thessaloniki's concert Hall. It is an area that was recently recasted (its latest part was delivered to [...]
Aristotelous Thessaloniki Aristotelous, is in the heart of Thessaloniki. It is a pedestrian area which starts from the escalade and reaches Egnatia street. Above Egnatia the visitor will also have an opportunity to [...]
Do you like joining tours while visiting a new destination? There are various tours you can make in Thessaloniki. Below we are listing a few of them. If you would like to view more or also find official tour guides in Greece please visit our Tours Thessaloniki section.
The Sightseeing Thessaloniki, is offering a train tour that is passing through monuments and archaeological places that exist in the center of the city. It is a one way tour which is usually… read more
Thessaloniki is a city full of life. Most of its citations are located in its centre and in the area where its old town is situated. So, if you are planning to visit Thessaloniki and would like to stay in a hotel or stay in an apartment that will have easy access to tourist spots please continue reading our article about Thessaloniki Accommodation. If you are looking for Hotel Best Offers view below.
Thessaloniki is the second biggest city in Greece. A city full of young people (Europe’s 2014 Youth Capital), with many cultural treasures related with its more than 2300 year history. The city, was founded at 316B.C. Based on Strabon’s tradition the city took its name by the King Kassandros who had married the step sister of Great Alexander who was named Thessaloniki and gave the city her name to honor her. In June 22nd 168 BC the Roman’s won a big battle against Macedonian’s and took over Thessaloniki and other major Macedonian cities (Veria, Pella etc.). Read more about the history of this period.
At the 11th of May 330, the Byzantium Empire started with the opening celebration for the Constantinople city. Thessaloniki was considered to be the second most important city of the Byzantium Empire after Constantinople both in terms of size and wealth. In 379 the Roman Emperor Theodosios organized from Thessaloniki the war against the Gothic troops and build the city’s walls to protect it (part of which are saved until today).
In 380 Theodosios became Christian and announced Christianity ad the official religion. Read more about the history of this period.
In March of 1430 the city was invaded by Sultan Murad II and was taken over by Turkish. As with most of the invasions in Thessaloniki’s history the city was once again despoiled and devastated after the invasion. Many citizens were killed, others were obliged to change their religion and become Muslims and many other become slaves in the slave markets of the East. The city remained under the Ottoman’s for almost 500 years.
In 1492 the city started to show again signs of recovery. An important contribution to this was given by the 15000-20000 Jewish who were forced to leave Spain and the West Europe. Read more about the history of this period.
In 1912 the Balkan War started with Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia fighting against Turkey. At the 26th of October 1912, Thessaloniki was surrendered by Tahsin Pasha to the Greek army. In 1917 another tragic event took place which destroyed almost all of the city’s center. This time it was a great fire that started accidentally by an unattended kitchen fire at the city’s old town. The fire vanished the city’s center leaving almost 72000 people homeless (1/3 of the city’s population). Most of this population were Jewish and the city’s unemployment rate increased to approx 70%. Read more about the history of this period.