The capital of Macedonia

Why choosing Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is the most important administrative, cultural, and business center in northern Greece, and the second largest city in Greece. It is a midsize city situated on the Thermaic Gulf, with apopulation of more than 1.1 million in the metropolitan area.

Near the Aegean Sea, an hour’s drive from both Mt.Olympus and beautiful beaches, and a short flight from the capitals of several Balkan and Mediterranean countries.

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Thessaloniki has many stories to tell, starting by the moment of its foundation in 316/315 B.C. Fortunate to have royal “blood”, since the new city was named after Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great and daughter of Philip II, King of Macedonia. It was developed rapidly -due to its prominent geographical location- as one of the most important ports, and economical and commercial centers of Macedonia and the Balkan Peninsula as a whole, advantages maintained for the past 2300 years.

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Top things to do and see in and around Thessaloniki

1. Museums in the city.

From the archaeological treasures of Macedonia, Byzantine heritage and contemporary art in photographic clicks, the Olympic Games and the Orient Express, the more than 30 museums in Thessaloniki containing within them the course, evolution and creativity of the city.

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2. Interesting districts.

Which is the best way to experience Thessaloniki? Of course by walking in the neighborhoods of the city! Bustling, colorful and vibrant, every district of Thessaloniki has it’s own particular characteristics, drawing the charm of this magical coexistence between the old and the new. The distances between them are short so you can easily see the most interesting of them. So, put on comfortable shoes, ‘Arm’ your camera and go!

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3. White Tower Museum.

Meet Thessaloniki’s impressive history by entering the city’s most emblematic structure, the imposing White Tower and enjoy the lovely view from the roof top! The permanent exhibition of White Tower displays the city’s history in a concise way, from its foundation period in 316/15 BC until today, via multimedia applications, videos, projections, interactive and audio applications, printed graphic compositions (photo-banks), with a thematic differentiation for each floor.

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4. Themed routes to explore the city.

The thematic routes will reveal cultures and traditions left behind by ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Jews but also holy figures of Christianity, Thessaloniki’s past and present, by unrolling a fascinating story of 2300 years! The early Christian and Byzantine route to discover monuments recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

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5. Sea and beaches.

Thessaloniki and the sea march together for thousands of years. The sea breeze can be enjoyed not only in the city but also around it. One of the privileges of Thessaloniki is beautiful seaside villages very close to the city, easily accessible even by public transportation. With crystal clear waters, award winning beaches and good infrastructures, discover and enjoy your favorite water sports or just lie back, relax under the Mediterranean sun!

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6. Nearby escapes.

With an ideal location, Thessaloniki can become the base for discovering the speactacular beauty of Northern Greece. Cultural treasures of global interest, religious pilgrimages, nature, various activities are waiting for you and even within walking distance from the city. See what you can do only in half, one or two hours from Thessaloniki and plan your next trip!

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7. Shopping districts.

The city centre is the ultimate shopping paradise with hundreds of shops, malls, and department stores. Due to the fact that all the above are in close proximity with each other, you have the chance to explore quite easily the biggest part of the centre, compare prices and quality, discover unique offers and find what you’re looking for.

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8. City day and night.

Busy day and night and always with relaxed mood, Thessaloniki loved by its guests for this very unique atmosphere and vitality. Hours and ‘must’ have no place in Thessaloniki. Nights in Thessaloniki are an unforgettable experience! The most famous travel magazines and websites discovered one after another the nightlife of the city. In fact, National Geographic included Thessaloniki in the list of the top 10 cities with the best nightlife worldwide!

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9. Wine route.

If you are a wine lover, Thessaloniki will definitely spoil you. There are three wineries open to the public, offering awarded wines at significant international contests, a Wine Museum exhibiting one of the largest corkscrew collections worldwide, an important annual wine-testing festival, an international Wine and Spirits Competition, wine bars, wine-tasting shows, as well as an urban vineyard in the center of the city!

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10. Day trips.

Choices in Thessaloniki are numerous, but the time is short! We prepared for you daily routes with the most important and the most unique of what you can see and experience on your stay in the city.

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Arrival airports

Participants are expected to arrive through the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, or Thessaloniki International Airport Makedonia, or Nea Anchialos National Airport.

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