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    Thessaloniki – a brief overview

    Thessaloniki is a crossroads where East meets West. It has seen civilizations and empires come and go over millennia, from the Macedonians to the Romans, and from the Byzantines to the Ottomans. Each conqueror left their mark, but this vibrant busy city has retained a sense of freedom and space, largely thanks to the French architect who rebuilt it after a devastating fire in 1917.

    There are leafy parks, ancient quarters with narrow alleys, and over 50 churches and monasteries. In between, Greece’s second city still remembers to pack in the style, with a host of fashionable boutiques – and some say the best nightlife in the country.

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    White Tower

    Lefkos Pirgos, Leoforos Nikis
    Thessaloníki 546 21
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 026 7832
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1500

    Built in the 15th century, the 34m tower is the city’s most recognisable landmark. Having seen many uses over the years, including being a prison, the highlight today is the panoramic view from the roof.

    Archaeological Museum

    Odos Manoli Andronikou 6
    54013 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 083 0538
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000

    One of the most important museums in Greece, with a rich collection of historical artefacts from Thessaloniki and across Macedonia – most dating from the classical Greek and Roman periods.

    Insectopia

    Nea Monastiriou 119 (Melissari Hall)
    56334 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 251 051 7609
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1030-1330
    Tue-Sat 1130-1330 and 1730-2000
    Sun 1200-1800

    Offering a glimpse into a micro world, this fascinating exhibition has the biggest private collection of ant colonies in Europe, as well as countless other creepy-crawlies, spiders, butterflies and amphibians.

    Ayios Dimitrios Church

    Corner of Odos Ayiou Dimitriou and Odos Ayiou Nikolaou
    54633 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 021 3627
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2200

    The largest church in Greece is a magnificent mosaic-covered basilica. Begun in the fourth century AD, it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times following successive fires and earthquakes.

    Ayios Nikolaos Orfanos Church

    Apostolou Pavlou (entrance on Irodotou)
    54634 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 021 4497
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1500

    This 14th-century Byzantine church is mostly noted for its well-preserved frescoes.

    Museum of Byzantine Culture

    Leoforos Stratou 2
    54640 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 330 6400
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000

    With a focus on the late Roman / early Christian era, this museum depicts aspects of Byzantine daily life and religious practices.

    Osios David (Latomou Monastery)

    Igoumenou Timotheou 7
    54633 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1200 and 1600-2000

    Built around AD500, this remarkable little church offers a great view of the city. The beautiful mosaic in the interior of its dome depicts an unusually beardless Jesus.

    Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum

    km6, Thessaloniki-Thermi Road
    57001 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 048 3000
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Part planetarium, part technology centre, part interactive science museum, this modern exhibition hall west of central Thessaloniki shows the astonishing levels of scientific knowledge attained by the Ancient Greeks.

    Greek Agora and Roman Forum

    Between Olimbou and Filipou, behind Dikasterion Square
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 022 1266
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1500

    The forum in the ancient agora (marketplace) dates to the second century AD. A small amphitheatre here is still sometimes used for outdoor concerts in summer.

    Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

    Proxenou Koromila 23
    54622 Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 78 229 778
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1400
    Sat 1000-1400

    Through a series of dioramas and other exhibits, this museum tells the story of Macedonia’s breakaway from the Ottoman Empire via a series of violent revolts from 1904-1908.

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    Country overview

    A flavourful melting pot of sparkling nightspots, fresh seafood, sizzling Mediterranean passion and mythical legend, Greece is a fascinating and enchanting destination – whether lounging on a sandy stretch, or exploring ancient relics. Greece’s urban hubs are home to some of the world’s most glorious and prized ancient and medieval architecture, such as Athens’ white marble Parthenon and Thessaloniki’s proud Byzantine churches, and the setting of some of humankind’s oldest tales.

    On the coast, find bustling, umbrella-peppered beaches and secluded sandy coves, washed by turquoise waters and regularly doused in sunshine. Off shore, Greece’s 1400 islands, such as party-hard Mykonos and picturesque Santorini, offer a rainbow of paradisiacal settings for an idyllic island-hopping adventure.

    Geography

    Greece is situated in southeast Europe on the Mediterranean. The mainland consists of the following regions: Central Greece, Peloponnese, Thessaly (east/central), Epirus (west), Macedonia (north/northwest) and Thrace (northeast). High mountains, fertile plains, pine forest and scrub-covered foothills are all found on the Greek mainland.

    The largest mountain range is the Pindus, which runs north-south through central mainland Greece, and separates the regions of Thessaly and Epirus. The highest mountain is Olympus, which soars 2,917m (9,570ft) – according to Ancient Greek mythology, this is where the 12 Olympian Gods resided.

    The islands account for one-fifth of the country’s land area.

    The majority are thickly clustered in the Aegean between the Greek and Turkish coasts. The Ionian Islands are the exception; they are scattered along the west coast in the Ionian Sea, looking (both geographically and culturally) towards Italy. The Aegean archipelago includes the Dodecanese, lying off the Turkish coast, of which Rhodes is the best known; the northeast Aegean group, including Chios, Ikaria, Lemnos, Lesvos and Samos; the Sporades, off the central mainland; and the Cyclades, comprising 39 islands (of which only 24 are inhabited). Crete, the largest island (with an astounding 1,000km of coastline and a population of some 650,000), is not included in any formal grouping.

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    Key facts

    Population: 10772967

    Population Density (per sq km): 82

    Capital: Athens.

    Language

    Greek (Ellenika). Most people connected with tourism, and younger generations generally speak some English, French, German or Italian.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0830-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Independence Day: 25. March 2016
    Orthodox Good Friday: 29. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 2. Mai 2016
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 20. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    Ochi Day: 28. October 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Independence Day: 25. March 2017
    Orthodox Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Orthodox Whit Monday: 5. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    Ochi Day: 28. October 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Thessaloniki

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    Thessaloniki’s nightlife comes into its own in winter, when the nearby resorts – the traditional fun zone for tourists – shut.

    In 2009, a Lonely Planet survey declared it the world’s “fifth best party town”.

    Thermaïkos

    Leoforos Nikis 23
    54623 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    City institution waterfront bar and club, with a fabulous marble and mirror interior, and regular DJs.

    Boat Bars

    Between Olimbou and Filipou, behind Dikasterion Square
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 022 1266
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    30-minute ‘booze cruise’ harbour tours leave every 20 minutes and are free if you buy a drink.

    The Hoppy Pub

    Nikiforou Foka 6
    54621 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Friendly international bar with over 150 craft beers from around the world.

    Cocktail Bar

    Politechniou 17a
    54626 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    There’s a clue in the name of this chic joint – the staff also mix customised drinks to order.

    Sinatra

    Mitropoleos 20 and Komninon
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    A popular meeting place that’s coffee bar by day, wine bar in the evening.

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    Restaurants in Thessaloniki

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    The city centre is packed with restaurants, cafés and snack bars of all descriptions.

    Needless to say, the dominant cuisine is Greek, with seafood being a particular speciality.

    Ta Nisia

    Proxenou Koromila 13
    54623 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Expensive

    Top-end Greek dishes with a modern touch, served in a charming and bright dining room.

    7 Thalasses

    Kalapothaki 8-10
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Moderate

    Modern seafood creations served in an elegant setting.

    Mavri Thalassa

    Nikolaou Plastira 3
    55132 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Moderate

    More classic seafood dishes served with a welcoming smile in a modern restaurant.

    Tsarouchas

    Lefkos Pirgos, Leoforos Nikis
    Thessaloníki 546 21
    Greece
    Tel: +30 231 026 7832
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional and tasty Greek dishes, served by the same family since 1952.

    Odos Delfon

    Odos Delfon 16 and Paraskevopoulou
    54640 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Price: Cheap

    Simple but popular café serving cheap snacks and international dishes at low prices.

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    Calendar of events

    Photo Biennale

    May – August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    In even years, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography organises this international photography event, showing work by an enormous range of Greek and international artists in venues ranging from archaeological sites to former warehouses. While photography is the main draw, the festival also packs in lectures, film screenings and concerts.

    Thessaloniki International Fair

    10 – 18 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre

    Over 200,000 visitors flock to this annual fair promoting every Greek industry conceivable, from furniture to the farming sector to e-gaming. Visitors can browse new publications in the book market, check out the latest car models and listen to top Greek bands live on stage.

    Reworks

    14 – 18 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    This audio-visual festival showcases an eclectic mix of international and Greek contemporary music and artists, with a particular focus on new trends. Live concerts, visual art displays and buzzing club nights draw a cool crowd, with events running from late evening until dawn each day.

    Street Mode

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Thessaloniki Port

    In a one-day celebration of street culture, graffiti artists create eye-catching murals and DJs spin tunes to bouncing revellers. Street dance shows and breakdancing battles draw cheering crowds, while crazy parkour stunts leave onlookers gasping in disbelief. Live bands play on stage late into the evening.

    Dimitria

    26 September – 18 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    For a month each autumn, this hugely popular cultural festival stages around 50 different arts events. Classical concerts, theatrical productions, dance shows and art exhibitions all combine to make a world-class celebration which has become the second largest festival in Greece.

    Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon

    8 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Starts at Nikis Avenue and finishes in front of the White Tower

    This half marathon is a race with a difference – it takes place after dark. More than 10,000 runners pound the streets beneath the city lights in both a half marathon and a 5k race, with crowds lining the pavements to cheer them on and DJs spinning tunes at the end.

    Thessaloniki International Film Festival

    November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    International and Greek films are in the running for awards at this highly esteemed film festival, which is now well into its sixth decade. Movie fans can enjoy a fabulous programme of independent cinema, along with star appearances, dynamic discussions and masterclasses.

    Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival

    19 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Block 33

    Held in the trendy Block 33 creative space, Greece’s biggest hip hop festival has been going strong for over a decade, attracting international acts such as British group Foreign Beggars and French producer Wax Tailor. Fans can also watch MC and DJ battles and take part in workshops.

    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

    March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Dedicated entirely to documentary filmmaking, this festival screens a thought-provoking selection of movies under a number of different categories, such as ‘Views of the World’, ‘Stories to Tell’ and ‘Human Rights’. Masterclasses, kids’ documentaries and glitzy parties are always on the agenda too.

    Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

    Juni – September 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Held in odd years, Thessaloniki’s bienniale celebrates the Mediterranean, its culture and its people through art exhibitions, kids’ activities and guided tours. Numerous galleries, museums and places of worship play host to an exciting assortment of paintings, photos and sculptures.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Thessaloniki

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    There are hundreds of hotels in Thessaloniki, between them covering every category and comfort level from luxury to budget.

    In general, rates are very low by Western European standards, but rooms can fill and prices rise during the autumn convention season.

    The Excelsior

    Komninon 10
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Expensive

    The last word in city centre opulence for many years, this is an elegant, luxurious option.

    Egnatia Palace

    Egnatia 61
    54631 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    Mid-sized modern hotel with a great central location.

    Kinissi Palace

    Egnatia 41
    54630 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Moderate

    Charming family-run historical hotel that dates from 1924.

    Anessis

    26is Oktovriou 20
    54624 Thessaloniki
    Greece
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    Category: Cheap

    Simple but comfortable modern option with agreeably budget prices.

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    Climate & best time to visit Greece

    Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff evening breezes, especially in the north, on the islands and in coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, with temperatures occasionally exceeding 40C in July, so visitors should allow time to acclimatise – the evenings are generally cooler, but can remain very hot during heat waves. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the mountainous north, where it is not uncommon to see snow and temperatures plummeting to well below zero. November to March is the rainy season, most notably on the Ionian islands.

    If you are planning a beach holiday, the sea is warm enough to swim from June through September, and hardier types will also manage in May and October. Seaside hotels are generally open from Easter through to late-October, as are water sports facilities.

    Sailing holidays need slightly more careful planning. Charter companies operate from May through September, but weather conditions vary greatly from place to place, and month to month. Beginners should start with the Ionian Sea, which sees moderate winds through summer. People with little sailing experience should avoid the Cyclades in July and August, when the unpredictable meltemi blows at speeds of up to 8-9 Beaufort.

    Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for hiking and mountain biking, when the days are sunny but not unreasonably hot. Spring sees the Greek countryside dappled with wild flowers, while in autumn the trees take on russet hues.

    Although few people think of Greece as a winter destination, it is in fact possible to ski and snowboard here. Two of the most popular mountain ski resorts are Arahova (near Delphi) and Kalavrita (on the Peloponnese), both much loved by wealthy Athenians, and therefore also well provided with cosy hotels and authentic rustic eateries with blazing log fires.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +30

    Telephone

    The best way to call home is from a call centre or internet café – public telephones are scarce and those that exist tend be on noisy street corners.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent on the mainland and islands, but occasionally disappears when out at sea.

    Internet

    Internet cafes are available in the main cities, including Athens, Thessaloniki and the islands of Crete, Kos, Mykonos and Rhodes. More and more hotels and cafes are gradually offering free Wi-Fi too.

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    Shopping in Thessaloniki

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    Key Areas

    Thessaloniki’s shopping heart is enclosed by four streets: Egnatia, Ethnikis Amynis, Leoforos Nikis and Venizelou. Tsimiski, running down the middle, has the big international names; Mitropoleos and Proxenou Koromila have chic designer boutiques. The most famous department store is Notos Galleries, with more than 250 top fashion brands (Mitropoleos 31).

    Markets

    Modiano is the largest covered market in Greece. Located between Vasileos Irakliou St and Egnatia, it has been part of life since 1930. Most stalls sell food: spices, cheese, fish and meat. A short distance away by Aristotelous Plaza, Kapani – the oldest open market in the city – has been around for centuries.

    Shopping Centres

    Thessaloniki has some of the largest shopping malls in the Balkans, but most are in out-of-town locations. Among the most central is Plateia Shopping Centre on Tsimiski. It has numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as a bowling alley and cinemas.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Greeks are very aware of their strong historical and cultural heritage. Traditions and customs differ throughout Greece, but overall a strong sense of unity prevails. The Greek Orthodox Church has a strong traditional

    influence on the Greek way of life, especially in more rural areas. The throwing back of the head is a negative gesture. Dress is generally casual. Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is drinkable in Athens and other cities – in fact, in areas where the local water is good, bars and restaurants are obliged by law to provide customers with glasses or jugs of tap water free of charge upon request. So don’t be ashamed to ask. However, visitors should be wary of drinking tap water in remote areas, and on many islands – even if the locals do it, they have probably built up a resistance that newcomers may need time to acquire. Bottled water is widely available and prices are strictly controlled on the mainland and islands. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider getting the vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis three months before their date of travel.

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    Visa & Immigration

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