How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Thessaloniki
Packed with Ancient Greek history, cafes and a lively nightlife, Thessaloniki is becoming an extremely popular city-break destination. Thessaloniki is the cultural capital of northern Greece and has an abundance of activities to help you fill your itinerary. Discover the best things to see and do in Greece’s second city, from wandering the streets of the old town to sampling the local wine.
What to See in Thessaloniki
The White Tower
Dating back to 1430, the White Tower stands on the city’s seafront. The tower was originally referred to as the ‘Red Tower’ due to its infamous history as a brutal prison, but around 1890 the tower was whitewashed and renamed. The White Tower is now a museum. As you climb its spiral steps to the top, you’ll find each room tells a different chapter of history. At the top, you can take a moment to soak up the panoramic views of the city.
Ano Poli, or the Upper Town, is a historic neighbourhood filled with untouched cobblestoned streets and Ottoman-era houses, all of which managed to escape the flames of the Great Fire of 1917. If the uphill walk to Ano Poli isn’t for you, catch a bus from the city center. The streets of Ano Poli are full of excellent authentic tavernas (small Greek cuisine restaurants) and you can finish off your day by sitting on the fortress walls while enjoying a stunning sunset.
The Jewish Museum was established to showcase the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Located in one of the few Jewish buildings to survive the great fire of 1917, the museum houses a wide collection of historical artefacts and photographic exhibitions. The Jewish community has helped shape the city’s modern identity and this museum pays homage to that. As one of the most important places devoted to a major ethnic community, the museum attracts visitors from across the world.
Ktima Gerovassiliou Vineyard
A wine lover’s dream! If you enjoy wine, a visit to Ktima Gerovassiliou, a vineyard and wine museum spanning 720 acres, is a must. It’s a few kilometres outside of Thessaloniki making it a perfect option for an afternoon day trip. You’ll get to see how culture, wine and nature all come together to produce award-winning wines at this vineyard. Ktima Gerovassiliou offers daily tours and educational programmes so you’ll gain a (grape) insight into these delicious wines. Definitely worth the short trip outside the city!
Where to Stay In Thessaloniki
The 4-star Anatolia Hotel is a stylish hotel right in the heart of the financial, commercial and nightlife district. It has modern spa facilities so you have a sprinkle of luxury on your city break. It offers gorgeous gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and refreshing cocktails at the Aqua Lounge Bar Restaurant.
4* Diamond Suites
The 4* Diamond Suites are located in Thessaloniki City Centre. The hotel is elegantly decorated and has free WiFi access. Most suites offer a hot tub and a view of the city
So, what are you looking forward to most during your city break to Thessaloniki?