Holidays to Thessaloniki are geared up to bring you historical gems, energetic nightlife, and chilled days on the beach.

City breaks to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city, and its personality matches its size. Days are best spent wandering around its bustling markets, exploring its ancient Roman ruins, or visiting one of the city’s many museums. When the sun goes down, you can get your dancing shoes on and head to a nightclub inside an old, restored building, or visit the historic district of Ladadika, for a more laidback affair. Plus, there’s a choice of sandy beaches within reach.

Greece’s cultural corner

Thessaloniki’s crop of ancient monuments – which you’ll find scattered around the city – means it comes as no surprise that it’s been dubbed the cultural corner of Greece. From the ancient baths at the Roman Forum to Byzantine art at the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, you can get a glimpse of the mix of cultures that made Thessaloniki what it is today.

Towering landmark

By the waterfront, you’ll find the 15th-century White Tower, which is considered to be the city’s most iconic landmark. Before it became the museum it is today, the White Tower was originally a fortress, surrounded by tall stone walls. It was also used as a prison during Greece’s Ottoman era. If you fancy a bird’s-eye view of the city and its coastline, you can climb right to the top of the tower.

Museums galore

With over 30 museums to pick from – covering all sorts of subjects – you won’t be short of choice, no matter what your interests are. For sports enthusiasts, there’s the Basketball Museum, while art admirers should swing by the Museum of Modern Art. History buffs won’t even know where to start – pick between the likes of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the War Museum, and the Jewish Museum.

At a Glance

  • Take in views of the coast from the top of the White Tower
  • Taverna-hop in the district of Ladadika
  • Bargain hunt at the markets

Best time to go to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki’s weather is pretty good year-round. The period between September and November draws lots of visitors, as a number of festivals fall at this time of year. Temperatures in September sit around 25 degrees, dropping to around the 15 mark by November. Between December and February, the temperature falls to around six degrees. In the summer, the mercury peaks in the thirties.

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