Thessaloniki metropolitan area is a modern European and multicultural city at the centre of Northern Greece and the main south gateway to Balkan and Eastern Europe. Thessaloniki, with a history of more than 2.500 years, has been a crossroad for different nationalities and faiths, the traces of which are still to be seen in the city’s many monuments – the distinctive features of its historic centre as well as in the stories and traditions of its people.
The city has a very pleasant atmosphere, a blend of western civilization and eastern influences and is close to natural beauty spots and endless emeraldgreenshores less than an hour away. The White Tower is widely regarded as the symbol of Thessaloniki and has been standing for six centuries on the city’s waterfront.
Thessaloniki’s well known for its culture and can offer to the visitors a fascinating journey into art and civilization through its museums, galleries and unique monuments. In addition, Thessaloniki is renowned for its lively nightlife and is considered to be the gastronomic capital of Greece, with famous restaurants and many local specialties.
Moreover, Thessaloniki as regional destination is close to unique historical areas. Vergina, the capital of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The archaeological site includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The archaeological site of Dion at Mount Olympus, the homeland of the twelve gods of ancient Greeks, and the nearby Archaeological museum are alsoworth visiting. Athos Peninsula with twenty monasteries and a monastic population is a unique site.
The natural beauties and crystal clear waters of the beaches of Chalkidiki and Pieria are incomparable tourist destinations. Today more than ever, Thessaloniki is in position to offer its cruise visitors unique and unforgettable experiences.
Must see tourist attractions
The White Tower (15min walk)
Archeological Museum (20min walk)
Petralona cave (40min by bus)
Pella archaeological site (50min by bus)
Mount Olympus (90min by bus)