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Thessaloniki is a beautiful port city found in northern Greece. This alluring destination is steeped in history, with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture to be seen all around. From diving into ancient Greece, taking in the incredible sea views, or experiencing the vibrant nightlife, Thessaloniki will not disappoint.
Thessaloniki has numerous museums, monuments, and historic buildings to guide you through the city’s diverse past. The rejuvenated waterfront area makes for a lovely walk, where you can take in the beautiful sea views and Mt. Olympus in the distance. The city also boasts wonderful restaurants that produce unique Greek cuisine, snug cafés, and lively bars that will please any tourist.
Couples will love Thessaloniki with it's romantic views, opportunities for pleasant strolls along the waterfront, and charming restaurants to enjoy. Families will enjoy the numerous museums located across the historic city, visits the zoo, or going shopping in Thessaloniki’s huge shopping mall ‘The Mediterranean Cosmos’.
Ryanair flies directly to Thessaloniki from Dublin twice a week between late March and mid-October. Thessaloniki airport is a 30-minute drive from the city.
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Thessaloniki is home to a lively, dynamic nightlife scene. One of the most notorious spots for nightlife is the waterfront Ladidika district, where you’ll find bustling bars and nightclubs that stay open into the early morning. Valaoritou Street is a hot spot amongst young people. With numerous clubs, bars and lounge cafeterias, there’s plenty of options for you to enjoy a wonderful night out.
Whether you’re feasting on a delicious custard filled bougatsa, a juicy chicken or pork gyro, or some of the delicious seafood on offer, your taste buds will thank you for choosing Thessaloniki. Visit the Kapani market and sample all the traditional dishes, or head to the Ladadika district and eat at any of the amazing restaurants found there.
Noesis, the Science and Technology Museum, can be found just outside of the city. It features a planetarium, a collection of classic cars and the hands-on Techno Park, so there is plenty to keep the kids entertained! Further out of the city you’ll find Waterland, a waterpark with slides, lazy river, wave pool and a zoo, the perfect spot for a family day out.
There is an abundance of beaches within driving distance of Thessaloniki. Perea Beach is a fantastic choice, and is just a 30-minute drive away or a 45-minute ferry ride if you prefer to go by water. This massive beach is the perfect spot for tourists as there are plenty of facilities available, including sun loungers to rent and parasols. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants all along the beach.
In Thessaloniki city centre you’ll find all the shops, malls and departments stores you didn’t know you needed. Around Aristotelous Square is the best area to start. As all the shops are in close proximity, you can explore all of them with ease. On the east side of the city you’ll find the largest retail development in south eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Cosmos. With over 200 retail units, eateries, cinema and much more, you won’t want to ever leave.
Thessaloniki enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, with approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. Sun lovers should consider travelling to Thessaloniki between June & September, but the weather in Spring & Autumn is also very pleasant and the city is less busy.
Euro is the currency used in Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki is 2 hours ahead of Ireland.
There are plenty of transport options available in Thessaloniki, including buses, taxis and private transfers.