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    Thessaloniki – a brief overview

    After Athens, Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece as well as being the economic and cultural center of the country’s region of Macedonia. The port on the Gulf of Thermái was founded almost three thousand years ago and today is home to a population of some 330,000, industry, a university and an international exhibition center. The upper town(Áno Póli) survived almost unscathed the Great Fire of 1917, which destroyed most of the other inner-city districts. A unique ensemble of early-Christian and Byzantine buildings, since 1988 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still intact here, including stretches of the city walls, Agios Dimitrios Church and the Byzantine baths.

    Downtown, construction work also unearthed parts of Roman structures. The city also has some museums that thoroughly deserve a visit for their excellent presentations and explanations of its eventful history. Many tourists visit the historical sites or make the most of the lively and varied nightlife scene before continuing on to the nearby beaches of Chalkidikí Peninsula or the Olympus Mountain.

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    The new waterfront is one of Thessaloniki’s main attractions; it’s also the site of the statue of Alexander the Great on his horse

    White Tower

    Lefkos Pirgos, Leoforos Nikis
    54640 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2313/30 64 00
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    Opening times:
    daily 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Built in the 15th century, the 34m tower is the city’s most recognisable landmark. Having seen many uses over the years, including being a prison, the highlight today is the panoramic view from the roof.

    Archaeological Museum

    Odos Manoli Andronikou 6
    54013 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2313/31 02 01
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    Opening times:
    Daily 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    One of the most important museums in Greece, with a rich collection of historical artefacts from Thessaloniki and across Macedonia – most dating from the classical Greek and Roman periods.

    Ayios Dimitrios Church

    Corner of Odos Ayiou Dimitriou and Odos Ayiou Nikolaou
    54633 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2310/21 36 27
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    Opening times:
    Daily 8:30 am – 10:00 pm

    The largest church in Greece is a magnificent mosaic-covered basilica. Begun in the fifth century AD, it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times following successive fires and earthquakes.

    Ayios Nikolaos Orfanos Church

    Apostolou Pavlou (entrance on Irodotou)
    54634 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2310/21 44 97
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    This 14th-century Byzantine church is mostly noted for its well-preserved frescoes.

    Museum of Byzantine Culture

    Leoforos Stratou 2
    54640 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2313/30 64 00
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    Opening times:
    Daily 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    With a focus on the late Roman and early Christian era, this museum depicts aspects of Byzantine daily life and religious practices.

    Ósios David

    Igoumenou Timotheou 7
    54633 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Built around 500 AD, this remarkable little church offers a great view of the city. The beautiful mosaic in the interior of its dome depicts an unusually beardless Jesus.

    Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum

    km6, Thessaloniki-Thermi Road
    57001 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2310/48 30 00
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Part planetarium, part technology centre, part interactive science museum, this modern exhibition hall west of central Thessaloniki shows the astonishing levels of scientific knowledge attained by the Ancient Greeks.

    Greek Agora and Roman Forum

    Between Olimbou and Filipou, behind Dikasterion Square
    Thessaloniki
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    The forum in the ancient agora (marketplace) dates to the second century AD. A small amphitheatre here is still sometimes used for outdoor concerts in summer.

    Museum for the Macedonian Struggle

    Proxenou Koromila 23
    54622 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30-2310/22 97 78
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Wed 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Through a series of dioramas and other exhibits, this museum tells the story of Macedonia’s breakaway from the Ottoman Empire via a series of violent revolts from 1904-1908.

    Loutra Pozar Thermal Baths

    Loutra Pozar
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Roughly 100 kilometers north of Thessaloniki, Loutraki is a mountain village built along the banks of the Thermopotamou Toplitsa River, which is fed by hot springs. The water tumbles down the rocks and collects, by this time cooled down to 37 degrees Celsius, in picturesque pools that are perfect for bathing all year round. The village also has several hotels and spas that use the healing waters in their indoor swimming pools and for spa treatments.

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    Country overview

    The rich cultural heritage of Greece and its natural beauty make the country a popular travel destination. Every year, it welcomes around 25 million visitors to its archaeological sites and museums, its mountains and beaches. Throughout the country, visitors will find archaeological evidence of millennia-old civilization, such as the Acropolis in Athens, the early Christian and Byzantine buildings in Thessaloniki, the ancient city of Epidaurus or the ruins of Olympia. There are a total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece.

    Swimming and hiking, shopping and surfing – in Greece, you can do it all in one trip.

    Greece has been a member of the European Union since 1981, and the country has been using the euro as its currency since 2001.

    Geography

    Greece is located in southeastern Europe and shares borders with Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The eastern part of the country is on the Aegean Sea, and the western part on the Ionian Sea.

    Greece consists of the mainland, the peninsula of Peloponnesus, and the Greek islands, which comprise approximately one fifth of the country’s territory.

    The islands include Rhodes and Crete, the northern Aegean islands like Limnos, Lesbos, Chios and Samos, as well as the Cyclades islands such as Mykonos, Naxos and Paros.

    Greece’s highest peaks are the Pindus Mountains (2,637 m) and Olympus (2917 m).

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    Key facts

    Population: 10.77 million (2017)

    Capital: Athens

    Language

    Modern Greek. English and German – and sometimes French and Italian – are also spoken in the regions frequented by tourists.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol: €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5. Coins are in denominations of €2, €1, €0.50, €0.20, €0.10, €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50 Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.

    2019

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Epiphany: 6 January 2019
    Start of orthodox Lent: 11 March 2019
    Independence Day: 25 March 2019
    Orthodox Good Friday: 26 April 2019
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 28 April 2019
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 29 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Orthodox Whit Sunday: 17 June 2019
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 18 June 2019
    Assumption: 15 August 2019
    Ochi Day: 28 October 2019
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2019

    2020

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Epiphany: 6 January 2020
    Start of orthodox Lent: 2 March 2020
    Independence Day: 25 March 2020
    Orthodox Good Friday: 17 April 2020
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 19 April 2020
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 20 April 2020
    Labour Day: 1 May 2020
    Orthodox Whit Sunday: 7 June 2020
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 8 June 2020
    Assumption: 15 August 2020
    Ochi Day: 28 October 2020
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

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    Culinary discoveries in Thessaloniki

    The atmosphere inside the halls of Kapani Market (kapani.gr) is colorfully oriental. At the top of their voices, vendors ply their wears not only in Greek, but in Bulgarian, Albanian and Russian, too. The market specializes mainly in fresh produce, delicatessen items and snacks, so real discoveries are possible here. Take vlíta, for instance, a leaf vegetable similar to spinach that’s served dressed in olive oil and lemon juice, or tangy pastourmá jerky. Both go down well with likér krána, a cornelian cherry liquor. For an evening meal in a market-like atmosphere, try the cool food concept store Ergon, (ergonfoods.com), a deli done out like a market hall with tables and counter settings.

    Pavlou Mela 42
    Thessaloniki 546 22
    Greece

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    Restaurants in Thessaloniki

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    It’s the lightness and variety of Mediterranean fare, the fresh herbs and spices and the local wines that make Greek food an absolute delight. Whether you’re looking for haute cuisine or just a snack, you’ll soon find a restaurant to suit you in Thessaloniki. Most are located in Ladádika, in Áno Póli, the upper town, and in the side streets around Platía Aristotélos square.

    Many simple taverns and snack bars have set up shop in the market district and around Modianó Market. The local specialty is bougatsa, a phyllo pastry that comes with savory meat and cheese fillings as well as sweet semolina pudding with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

    Ta Nisia

    Proxenou Koromila 13
    54623 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Luxurious

    Top-end Greek dishes with a modern touch, served in a charming and bright dining room.

    7 Thalasses

    Kalapothaki 8-10
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Moderate

    Modern seafood creations served in an elegant setting.

    Mavri Thalassa

    Nikolaou Plastira 3
    55132 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Moderate

    More classic seafood dishes served with a welcoming smile in a modern restaurant.

    Tsarouchas

    Olympou 78
    54621 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional and tasty Greek dishes, served by the same family since 1952.

    Odos Delfon

    Odos Delfon 16 and Paraskevopoulou
    54640 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Budget

    Simple but popular café serving cheap snacks and international dishes at low prices.

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    Hotels in Thessaloniki

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    There are hundreds of hotels in Thessaloniki, between them covering every category and comfort level from luxury to budget.

    In general, rates are very low by Western European standards, but rooms can fill and prices rise during the autumn convention season.

    The Excelsior

    Komninon 10
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Luxurious

    The last word in city centre opulence for many years, this is an elegant, luxurious option.

    Egnatia Palace

    Egnatia 61
    54631 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    Mid-sized modern hotel with a great central location.

    Kinissi Palace

    Egnatia 41
    54630 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    Charming family-run historical hotel that dates from 1924.

    Anessis

    26is Oktovriou 20
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Budget

    Simple but comfortable modern option with agreeably budget prices.

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    Nightlife in Thessaloniki

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    Thessaloniki is a particularly lively place at nighttime, especially during the summer. Start the evening on the seafront strip Leofóros Níkis or in the area around Platía Eleftherias square in the Ladádika district, which is closed to cars. By day, the tiny old shops here sell coffee specialties and other things, but in the evening, the “in” neighborhood comes alive.

    Then the taverns and bars almost burst at the seams, and people wander through the streets to see and be seen. The Roman Forum is just one venue offering open-air movie shows. For visitors who enjoy classical music and opera while on vacation, there’s the Megaró Moussikis, a modern concert hall right on the waterfront.

    Thermaïkos

    Leoforos Nikis 21
    54623 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    City institution waterfront bar and club, with a fabulous marble and mirror interior, and regular DJs.

    Boat Bars

    Between Olimbou and Filipou, behind Dikasterion Square
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    30-minute ‘booze cruise’ harbour tours leave every 20 minutes and are free if you buy a drink.

    The Hoppy Pub

    Nikiforou Foka 6
    54621 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Friendly international bar with over 150 craft beers from around the world.

    Cocktail Bar

    Politechniou 17a
    54626 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    There’s a clue in the name of this chic joint – the staff also mix customised drinks to order.

    Sinatra

    Mitropoleos 20 and Komninon
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    A popular meeting place that’s coffee bar by day, wine bar in the evening.

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    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

    March 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Dedicated entirely to documentary filmmaking, this festival screens a thought-provoking selection of movies under a number of different categories, such as ‘Views of the World’, ‘Stories to Tell’ and ‘Human Rights’. Masterclasses, kids’ documentaries and glitzy parties are always on the agenda too.

    Street Mode

    August – September 2019
    Website

    Venue: Thessaloniki Port

    In a one-day celebration of street culture, graffiti artists create eye-catching murals and DJs spin tunes to bouncing revellers. Street dance shows and breakdancing battles draw cheering crowds, while crazy parkour stunts leave onlookers gasping in disbelief. Live bands play on stage late into the evening.

    Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

    September 22 – 28, 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Held in odd years, Thessaloniki’s bienniale celebrates the Mediterranean, its culture and its people through art exhibitions, kids’ activities and guided tours. Numerous galleries, museums and places of worship play host to an exciting assortment of paintings, photos and sculptures.

    Thessaloniki International Fair

    September 7 – 15, 2019
    Website

    Venue: Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre

    Over 200,000 visitors flock to this annual fair promoting every Greek industry conceivable, from furniture to the farming sector to e-gaming. Visitors can browse new publications in the book market, check out the latest car models and listen to top Greek bands live on stage.

    Reworks

    September 19 – 22, 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    This audio-visual festival showcases an eclectic mix of international and Greek contemporary music and artists, with a particular focus on new trends. Live concerts, visual art displays and buzzing club nights draw a cool crowd, with events running from late evening until dawn each day.

    Dimitria

    October 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    For a month each autumn, this hugely popular cultural festival stages around 50 different arts events. Classical concerts, theatrical productions, dance shows and art exhibitions all combine to make a world-class celebration which has become the second largest festival in Greece.

    Nightrun Thessaloniki

    October 13, 2019
    Website

    Venue: Starts at Nikis Avenue and finishes in front of the White Tower

    This half marathon is a race with a difference – it takes place after dark. More than 10,000 runners pound the streets beneath the city lights in both a half marathon and a 5k race, with crowds lining the pavements to cheer them on and DJs spinning tunes at the end.

    Thessaloniki International Film Festival

    November 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    International and Greek films are in the running for awards at this highly esteemed film festival, which is now well into its sixth decade. Movie fans can enjoy a fabulous programme of independent cinema, along with star appearances, dynamic discussions and masterclasses.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +30

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages.

    For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Thessaloniki

    Key Areas

    Thessaloniki’s shopping heart is enclosed by four streets: Egnatia, Ethnikis Amynis, Leoforos Nikis and Venizelou. Tsimiski, running down the middle, has the big international names; Mitropoleos and Proxenou Koromila have chic designer boutiques. The most famous department store is Notos Galleries, with more than 250 top fashion brands (Tsimiski 24).

    Markets

    Modiano is the largest covered market in Greece. Located between Vasileos Irakliou St and Egnatia, it has been part of life since 1930. Most stalls sell food: spices, cheese, fish and meat. A short distance away by Aristotelous Plaza, Kapani – the oldest open market in the city – has been around for centuries.

    Shopping Centres

    Thessaloniki has some of the largest shopping malls in the Balkans, but most are in out-of-town locations. Among the most central is Plateia Shopping Centre on Tsimiski. It has numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as a bowling alley and cinemas.

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    Climate & best time to visit Greece

    Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff evening breezes, especially in the north, on the islands and in coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, with temperatures occasionally exceeding 40C in July, so visitors should allow time to acclimatise – the evenings are generally cooler, but can remain very hot during heat waves. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the mountainous north, where it is not uncommon to see snow and temperatures plummeting to well below zero. November to March is the rainy season, most notably on the Ionian islands.

    If you are planning a beach holiday, the sea is warm enough to swim from June through September, and hardier types will also manage in May and October. Seaside hotels are generally open from Easter through to late-October, as are water sports facilities.

    Sailing holidays need slightly more careful planning. Charter companies operate from May through September, but weather conditions vary greatly from place to place, and month to month.Beginners should start with the Ionian Sea, which sees moderate winds through summer. People with little sailing experience should avoid the Cyclades in July and August, when the unpredictable meltemi blows at speeds of up to 8-9 Beaufort.

    Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for hiking and mountain biking, when the days are sunny but not unreasonably hot. Spring sees the Greek countryside dappled with wild flowers, while in autumn the trees take on russet hues.

    Although few people think of Greece as a winter destination, it is in fact possible to ski and snowboard here. Two of the most popular mountain ski resorts are Arahova (near Delphi) and Kalavrita (on the Peloponnese), both much loved by wealthy Athenians, and therefore also well provided with cosy hotels and authentic rustic eateries with blazing log fires.

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    Traveler etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Greeks are proud, have a real sense of their own traditions, and are very hospitable. Children, in particular, are always welcomed with open arms. The Greek Orthodox church is quite influential, especially in rural areas. Casual clothing is acceptable almost everywhere, but even in the hot summer months, it is inappropriate to wear swimwear to a restaurant. Instead, visitors should at least wear a t-shirt and pants, or other light summer clothing. Clothing that fully covers the body is expected when visiting monasteries or churches.

    Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited on public transportation and in all public buildings, including cafés, bars and restaurants.

    Tipping

    A ten-percent tip is customary at restaurants, and it can generally be left on the table. Taxi bills should be rounded up. The cleaning staff at hotels always appreciate a small tip on the day guests check out.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is drinkable in Athens and other cities – in fact, in areas where the local water is good, bars and restaurants are obliged by law to provide customers with glasses or jugs of tap water free of charge upon request. So don’t be ashamed to ask. However, visitors should be wary of drinking tap water in remote areas, and on many islands – even if the locals do it, they have probably built up a resistance that newcomers may need time to acquire. Bottled water is widely available and prices are strictly controlled on the mainland and islands. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider getting the vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis three months before their date of travel.

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