It is so easy to fall in love with Thessaloniki thanks to the wonderful cuisine, rich history, and pristine beaches. This vibrant Greek city has plenty to offer when it comes to tourist attractions, with monumental structures and landmarks gloriously erected across its land. During the day, you can explore the city and go back in time, and by night, you are invited to dine and wine at quaint eateries.

When in Greece, forget about thrilling adventurous activities. You are here to appreciate the cultures and of course, to create endless content for your social media feed! Here are the best places you can visit in Thessaloniki, Greece!

    must see places in Thessaloniki
    Best Places to Visit Thessaloniki, Greece

    Best Places to Visit in Thessaloniki, Greece

    The White Tower

    The White Tower is Thessaloniki's most iconic landmark. It can easily be spotted when you take a leisurely walk along the seaside promenade. Built in 1530 by the Ottoman Turks, this massive tower was formerly a jail. Known locally as Lefkós Pyrgos, it is located in a small public park at the southern end of the promenade, and was previously a part of the town's Ottoman-era walls. There is an observation deck at the top of the monument, which provides a breath-taking view of the city and the adjacent port.

    Address: Nikis Avenue 01, Thessaloniki 546 21, Greece.
    Entrance fees: €3 (adults), €2 (senior citizens and students), free for visitors under 18 years old
    Opening hours: 8.30am – 3.30pm
    Contact number: +30-231 026 7832

    White Tower Thessaloniki
    The White Tower in Thessaloniki, Greece

    Thessaloniki Waterfront

    In the evening, you can stroll along the redeveloped waterfront of the city. There is a 5-kilometre-long seaside promenade here, where you can see many locals jogging or just lounging with their loved ones. This promenade, which connects to the Photography Museum, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, was refurbished a few years ago. There are several popular pubs and restaurants along the beach which makes it a lively spot for you to hang out or grab a drink!

    Address: Aggelaki 13, Thessaloniki 546 21, Greece.
    Opening hours: Open 24 hours

    Umbrellas by George Zongolopoulos
    Umbrellas by George Zongolopoulos is the most well-known landmark at the Thessaloniki Waterfront
    Thessaloniki Waterfront
    Thessaloniki Waterfront is a place to discover the city's artistic heritage

    Rotunda of Galerius

    Also known as the Saint George's Church, the Rotunda of Galerius is the most spectacular historical landmark in Thessaloniki. It spans over 24 metres in circumference and 30 metres in height, and it features a cylindrical dome that is reminiscent of the Rome's Pantheon. Beautiful mosaics adorn the dome and the arched recesses on the inside. You can also see exquisite representations of angels and architectural facades on a gold backdrop underneath the dome.

    Address: Platia Agiou Georgiou Rotonta 5, Thessaloniki 546 35, Greece
    Entrance fee: €2
    Opening hours: 8am–8pm
    Contact number: +30 231 020 4868

    Rotunda of Galerius Thessaloniki
    Rotunda of Galerius in Thessaloniki, Greece

    Church of Agios Dimitrios

    The Agios Dimitrios Church is devoted to the town's patron saint, Dimitrios - a Roman soldier who was killed here in 306. Also known as Hagios Demetrio or the Church of Saint Demetrius, the sanctuary is the primary church in Thessaloniki today. Admission is free to all visitors and it is open daily. However, the church is typically crowded with locals and devotees throughout the week.

    Address: 83, Agiou Dimitriou St., Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece.
    Entrance fee: Free
    Opening hours: 10am–8pm
    Contact number: +30 231 027 0008

    Hagios Demetrios Thessaloniki
    Church of Agios Dimitrios in Thessaloniki, Greece

    Arch of Galerius

    If you walk from the Egnatia Street towards the city centre of Thessaloniki, you will come across the Arch of Galerius – an ancient Roman monument dating back to around AD 297. The relief-encrusted piers portray war events from Emperor Galerius' third and fourth-century Persian, Mesopotamian, and Armenian conquests. These ornately and elaborately carved reliefs are among the most well known in the world. While admiring the majestic structure and taking close-up pictures, don’t forget to notice the animated scenes on the south pier.

    Address: Egnatia 144, Thessaloniki 546 22, Greece.
    Entrance fee: Free
    Opening hours: Open 24 hours
    Contact number: +30-231 331 0400

    Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki
    Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki

    Agora Modiano Market

    Familiarise yourself with the local culture by making your way to one of Thessaloniki’s most popular markets, the Agora Modiano. You can try the traditional Koulouri (Greek sesame bread rings) and Bougatsa (custard pies) - both which are carb-heavy dishes created over hundreds of years ago. From artisanal confectioneries to the flavoursome dry anise-flavoured aperitif known as ouzo, you can get to know the Greek way of life better through your taste buds. Besides this, the Kapani food market is also a great place to kickstart your food adventures in Thessaloniki.

    Address: Historic & Modern Centre, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece
    Opening hours: 8.30am-8.30pm
    Contact number: +30 21 1108 8400

    Modiano Market Thessaloniki
    Agora Modiano is a local market in Thessaloniki

    With great ancient monuments and beautiful beaches around the city, Thessaloniki is indeed a fantastic holiday destination. Although the history is complex, the city is easy to navigate – many of the attractions are fairly close to one another, and it is possible to visit most parts of Thessaloniki on foot. We hope you will fall in love with the beauty of Thessaloniki just as much as we did!

    There are so many fun activities for everyone at Thessaloniki. Which one is your favourite? Comment below and let us know!

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