Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and is located in the northern part of the country. With a population of about 315 000 and covering an area of approximately 20,85 km² the city has a lot to offer. In fact, Thessaloniki is one of my favourite cities and one I visit often. So here's a list of the top things you should definitely check out. Most of the places are located in close proximity and can be reached on foot, so you won't need any public transportation.
The White Tower – is one of the most significant sightseeing sites of Thessaloniki. Located at the centre of the city near the port, it's a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city. You can enter the tower for a small fee of about 4 euros. The tower houses an exhibition dedicated to the history of the city and provides a glimpse to a past era. The view from the top is amazing and worth.
Aristotelous Square - located at just about a couple of hundred meters from the White Tower, Aristotelus Square is the main city square. It hosts a lot of cafes and bars, which makes it a hub for young people. It is a perfect spot for a break and a cup of coffee, you can even choose some souvenirs as the local shops offer a wide variety. Aristotelous Square hosts many cultural events throughout the year and including the Christmas and carnival celebrations and has almost become synonymous with the city.
Church of Agia Sofia – not too far from Aristotelous Square stands the church of Agia Sofia. The current structure was built in the 8th century, but a church was erected at this location much earlier and to be more precise in the 3rd century. It's one of the oldest churches in the city still standing today and one of several monuments in Thessaloniki included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list.
Monument of Alexander The Great – walking back to the White Tower you'll find the monument of one of the most famous and influential people of all times. The name of Alexander lives to this day as a symbol of determination and willpower.
Umbrellas - located near the White Tower, this art exposition was designed by one of the most famous Greek sculptors and was set up on the waterfront in 1997, when the city of Thessaloniki was appointed to be a Cultural Capital of Europe. This unique sculpture is dynamic and conveys a sense of protection during rainy days, but also feels lively and cheerful during the summer.
And last, but not the least, take a boat ride when visiting this lovely city. The boat ride itself is free, but you can pay for a refreshment drink or a bite. Sit and relax while the boat sails across the cost and enjoy some fantastic views of the city.
I almost forgot to mention, don't miss out on the incredible Greek cuisine, the best sea food you can eat and so much more!
That's about all the things we did last time and since we are on a budget here's a list of all the expenses we had:
- Car parking for the whole day, 12 euro
- Boat ride for two, we each had a cup of coffe and a water, 10 euro
- To enter the museum in the White Tower, two tickets 8 euro
- Lunch for two (grilled octupus, greek salad, water, risotto with sea food) - 40 euro, not to mention as a gift rom the restaurant we recieved pasta with sea food as an appetizer, also home made bread and for desert they gave us watermellon. Now this things on their part aren't expensive, but that's not the point, the point is in the attitude!
*Fuel cost is not included, since we don't know your starting point, all the other expenses are in the city itself.
In summary, all our expenses amounted to about 70 euro and based on two. With as little as 35 euro you can enjoy the lovely town of Thessaloniki and create some memorable moments.