Dreaming about living in a city right by the sea, with exquisite food, non-stop nightlife, and a thriving cultural life? Yes, we are talking about Thessaloniki! Let’s take a stroll together and see the major points of what the renowned “ Nymph of Thermaikos”, as the Greeks lovingly refer to it, has to offer!
A crossroads of civilizations for centuries, Thessaloniki reflects an exciting multicultural character upon first sight! The history of the city is very diverse and it is prevalent in the scenic corners, the intricate recipes, the characteristic architecture, and the music culture that is unlike anywhere else in the country. The Ottoman Empire, the Jewish heritage, the Balkan influences, and the contemporary Greek culture all form a dynamic personality that will captivate you!
Greece is in general relaxed but Thessaloniki takes the general easygoing attitude a step further. The locals are renowned for their very very open and jolly disposition, one of the key factors that guarantee that you will feel immediately welcome and you will simply love your stay!
Whether you’re strolling along the bustling waterfront promenade, known as the Nikis Avenue, or exploring the historic streets of the Ano Poli (Upper Town), you’ll always find a friendly face willing to strike up a conversation and help you with some insider’s tips on where to go out and where to eat!
If you’re a foodie, you will move here for good. If you’re not, you will become one (and move here for good). There is no better, or tastier, indicator for the city’s multicultural personality than the local cuisine. From cured meats, and all sorts of pickles and creamy moussaka to fresh seafood by the harbor, the local food scene brings flavors that tap into a deep tradition in gastronomy. Dining out is in itself a cultural experience as you join the locals in enjoying all sorts of meze (small plates) at tavernas. Above all, try the famous “bougatsa”, a flaky pastry filled with sweet or savory fillings, for a true Thessalonian treat.
Thessaloniki comes to life as soon as the sun sets. No matter what your style of leisure is, you’ll find it here. Whether you’re into laid-back taverns with delicious bites and traditional live music, trendy fashionable clubs, or underground techno, all you need to do is find the right neighborhood. Aristotelous Square is the place to go for a leisurely coffee, an early cocktail, and some serious people gazing as it’s right in the heart of the action. Ladadika on the other hand is for a more eclectic approach as it combines a historic atmosphere and specialty bars, cafes, and clubs.
Naturally, you will find a thriving art scene with a broad selection of music festivals, exhibitions, theatrical performances, galleries, and art-run spaces showcasing both local and international artists. If you’re a film buff get ready to indulge in the ultimate cinefil experience! The Thessaloniki International Film Festival attracts cinephiles from around the world.
Explore the rich history of the city! Thessaloniki is home to many archaeological sites that can take you on a trip back in time, all the way back to the glory days of Alexander the Great. Scattered around the town you will find the UNESCO-listed Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki, celebrated for their outstanding design and major artistic value, significant of the Byzantine period. Of course, you can’t omit the White Tower, the iconic symbol of the city which stands tall along the waterfront. You will learn all about the tale of the city and as for the view on the last floor, it’s simply breathtaking!
Many songs and poems have been written about the special spell that this city casts on anyone who visits it! Truth is, no matter what we tell you, Thessaloniki has a very unique atmosphere and ambiance, which you will need to explore yourself. One thing is certain, whether you visit as a tourist or a resident it is a life-altering experience!