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Thessaloniki City Guide

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and is considered a modern metropolis. Located on the Thermaic Gulf, it is the capital of the geographic region of Macedonia. Originally called Thessaloníkē after the princess Thessalonike of Macedon, the half-sister of Alexander the Great, the area is now one of the most important trade and business hubs in Southeastern Europe.

Thessaloniki      |        Image by RitaE from Pixabay
 

Founded by King Cassander of Macedon around 315 BC, Thessaloniki has a rich and long history. In the Roman empire, the region became the capital of the new Prefecture of Illyricum and during the Byzantine era and Middle Ages, it underwent through a sudden economic expansion. The city was captured by Sultan Murad II in 1430 and became one of Ottoman Empire's most important trading hubs. During World War II Thessaloniki was heavily bombarded by Fascist Italy and went through an extensive process of reconstruction and it was rebuilt with large-scale development of new infrastructure and industry.

 

 

Streets of Thessaloniki      |        Image by Jim Makos from flickr
 

From discovering neighborhoods and focal points in the city to exploring Thessaloniki's archaeological sites, there is something for everyone. Considered to be a history lover’s haven, the city is full with ancient structures dating back to the late 2nd or the early 3rd century AD, including the ancient forum, the Triumphal Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda. The culture and impact of the Ottoman empire is evident due to the presence of mesmerizing Ottoman monuments scattered all over the city. Don’t forget to admire the beauty of the White Tower and the Mosques of the Hamza Bey Cami.

It is extremely easy to fall in love with this beautiful city, replete with chaos, history and culture. Revel in the marvelous charm of the waterfront area which breathes life and is great for walking and cycling. Designed by the revered architects Prodromos Nikiforidis and Bernard Cuomo, this 3.5 km long walkway is absolutely delightful and numerous tourists and locals can be spotted picnicking, riding, roller-skating or just having a gala time. Visit the sacred Monastery of Vlatadon, built in 1351, which is famous for its mesmerizing blend of history with some of the best views of the city.

Due to its close proximity to the sea, its climate displays characteristics of several climates. Winters are dry with morning frost whereas summers are quite hot with no rains. 

 

Thessaloniki Taxi Transfers

Travelling within Thessaloniki is extremely convenient while using public transportation. With an extremely organized system of buses, metro and trains, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city. The public transportation of the city is operated by the Organization of Public Transportation of Thessaloniki and convenient transfers to Thessaloniki are provided.

Bus, Thessaloniki       |        Image by Dave Proffer from flickr
 

Bus

Public transport is extremely safe, smooth and efficient and connects every corner of the city. There is an extensive network of buses which connects Thessaloniki to almost all of its major parts and suburbs. Tickets can be bought from kiosks or vending machines on the bus itself but these have to be validated in one of the special machines found on all buses. The buses are disable-friendly and are air conditioned. There are a wide variety of tickets available, including 24-hour ticket, 7-day ticket, 1-month card, 3-months card, 6-months card and 1-year card. Unlimited boarding during the specified time is available and information on routes, schedules, etc. are given at the Information Centre. The buses operate every day from 5 am until 12. 30 in the night and some buses run as frequently as every 5 minutes. The nighttime bus is 78N and it runs every 30 minutes. The fare for one way for an adult is 1 Euro and 0.5 Euros for students and senior citizens. There are almost 30 bus routes which cover the whole city.

Taxi

Taxis can be handy when you want to avoid crowds and travel without any waiting time. Taxis are very easy to flag down, since they are available throughout the city, 24 hours a day. and taxis in Thessaloniki are extremely low-cost and accessible. There is no fixed price as fares change frequently so don’t forget to check for the latest fares when entering a taxi: they are always posted in a visible spot, usually in front of the co-driver's seat. They can be identified by the "TAXI" sign and can be hailed from all main city streets, major hotels and piazzas. For easy, stress-free travel, Rydeu provides private transfers in and around the city. Rydeu strives to make every journey safe and enjoyable.

 

Thessaloniki Taxi Transfers

Travelling within Thessaloniki is extremely convenient while using public transportation. With an extremely organized system of buses, metro and trains, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city. The public transportation of the city is operated by the Organization of Public Transportation of Thessaloniki and convenient transfers to Thessaloniki are provided.

Bus, Thessaloniki       |        Image by Dave Proffer from flickr
 

How to reach the city centre via Bus? 

Public transport is extremely safe, smooth and efficient and connects every corner of the city. There is an extensive network of buses which connects Thessaloniki to almost all of its major parts and suburbs. Tickets can be bought from kiosks or vending machines on the bus itself but these have to be validated in one of the special machines found on all buses. The buses are disable-friendly and are air conditioned. There are a wide variety of tickets available, including 24-hour ticket, 7-day ticket, 1-month card, 3-months card, 6-months card and 1-year card. Unlimited boarding during the specified time is available and information on routes, schedules, etc. are given at the Information Centre. The buses operate every day from 5 am until 12. 30 in the night and some buses run as frequently as every 5 minutes. The nighttime bus is 78N and it runs every 30 minutes. The fare for one way for an adult is 1 Euro and 0.5 Euros for students and senior citizens. There are almost 30 bus routes which cover the whole city.

Taxi services from the Airport to the city centre

Taxis can be handy when you want to avoid crowds and travel without any waiting time. Taxis are very easy to flag down, since they are available throughout the city, 24 hours a day. and taxis in Thessaloniki are extremely low-cost and accessible. There is no fixed price as fares change frequently so don’t forget to check for the latest fares when entering a taxi: they are always posted in a visible spot, usually in front of the co-driver's seat. They can be identified by the "TAXI" sign and can be hailed from all main city streets, major hotels and piazzas. For easy, stress-free travel, Rydeu provides private transfers in and around the city. Rydeu strives to make every journey safe and enjoyable.

 

A city full of modern designs, gorgeous architecture, atmospheric cafes, Thessaloniki leaves everyone dazzled. Below is a list of must-visit tourist attractions to explore to make your trip complete.

Archaeological Museum
Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki
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Archaeological Museum

Wonderfully charting the history of the city, the Archaeological Museum boasts of many of the region's major archaeological discoveries. From the glorious goldwork from various hoards and graves to artefacts adorned with mesmerizing mythical figures, animals and ivy vines, the museum is a history lover’s haven. It is also home to the Derveni Krater, an historic ornate Hellenistic bronze-and-tin vase marked by intricate relief carvings of Dionysos.

 

 

White Tower, Thessaloniki 

 

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay 
 

 

White Tower

The White Tower, a looming 34m-high tower is Thessaloniki's iconic landmark with its picturesque views. An historic monument dating back to the 15th century, it is one of the numerous examples of architecture built by the Ottomans. Surrounded by mystery and stories, locals believe that the monument was originally called the Tower of Blood until it was painted white by a prisoner in exchange for his freedom after which its name became the White Tower.

 

 

 

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