Thessaloniki is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of south-eastern Europe; its commercial port is of great importance for Greece and the south-eastern European hinterland. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. In 2014 Thessaloniki will be the European Youth Capital.
- Set on the northern shores of the Thermaikos Gulf that opens into the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki is a land to be explored; a crossroad of nations, cultures and beauty
- Privileged geographical location joining the modern western with the traditional eastern countries. A node joining Europe and Asia
- Easy to be reached either by road, rail, air or marine transportation
- 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 sum
- The weather in September ranges from min. 15°C to max. 27°C
History and Culture
Thessaloniki is world known for the Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine monuments, the charming shopping thoroughfares, the indulging local cuisine and exciting nightlife. The city was founded in 315 B.C., named after the ancient Greek princess Thessaloniki; sister of Alexander the Great, and has been a crossroad of cultures and civilizations for over 2300 years.
Few other places have such a density of outstanding historic monuments as Thessaloniki. Where else will a ten-minute walk take you past monuments representing 2,000 years of history? The atmosphere is a fusion of Greek, Balkan and South-eastern European influences that co-exist harmoniously, creating a multicultural and cosmopolitan environment, where visitors from all over the world feel comfortable and welcome. Masterpieces of Roman architecture such as the Rotunda, Byzantine castles, Ottoman monuments and 20th century landmarks - many of them designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO - are all within easy reach. The city also features a wide selection of museums that recreate the past of Thessaloniki and Macedonia from prehistoric times to the present day.
Thessaloniki has the largest university campus in the Balkans, Aristotle University, which is one of the most established universities in the academic community in Europe. It also possesses the second largest and most important port in Greece, “Makedonia International Airport”, the great Music Hall, theatres, Modern Art galleries, libraries, an immense variety of high standard recreational facilities and examples of modern architecture, art nouveau and eclecticism.
- 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.