Your flight to Thessaloniki, Greece’s culinary capital
Thessaloniki, the port in the north of Greece, has been a thriving metropolis since ancient times. Today it is the second biggest city of Greece, situated at the top of the Thermaic. The lively and energetic city had been founded by King Kassandros of Macedonia, brother in law of Alexander the Great, who named it after Alexander’s sister. Since then Thessaloniki has accumulated architecture from more than two millennia and several invaders. Romans, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire were all rulers of Thessaloniki, which was at the crossing point of the overland connection between Constantinople and Rome, the Via Egnatia and the trade routes in the Aegean.
More history than anywhere elseThe White Tower at the waterfront, a massive watchtower from the Ottoman period, is one of the most famous landmarks of Thessaloniki, but also one of the youngest. The apostle Paulus made Thessaloniki the second Christian parish. The Roman Emperor Galerius Maximianus, used to reside in Thessaloniki, the ruins of his Triumphal Arch and his palace complex including a racetrack for horse carriage racing can still be seen. Most important for Thessaloniki was the the Byzantine period, in this time Thessaloniki was extremely important, second only to Constantinople itself. There are so many buildings left from this period that some consider the city an open-air museum of Byzantine art. The city walls are also dating back to that era, numerous churches and even an old bathhouse are waiting to be explored. Visit the Museum for Byzantine Culture, the Archeological Museum or the Thessaloniki Science Centre, all of which are illustrating the city’s unique heritage.
Sun, beaches and the best food in GreeceThe modern day city of Thessaloniki has numerous restaurants that serve the local cuisine, especially in the historic old town, in Ano Poli (Upper Town) and on the waterfront. Some call Thessaloniki “Greece’s culinary capital”. Delicacies from the Mediterranean, hearty meat dishes from the Balkans and sweet treats from Asia Minor have influenced the local traditions. Most famous are the sweet Bougatsa, a puff pastry filled with cream. Lovers of fresh fish and anything else the sea can provide are also in culinary heaven. After your hopefully fantastic meal, drink one of the local Ouzos and have a walk on the newly designed walkway along the waterfront with many little parks and art installations along the way. After so much culture, have a relaxed day on the beach in nearby Chalkidiki, Platamonas, Litochoro or Katerin. If you want to escape the buzz of the city, you can find a ferry to nearly every big or little island in the Aegean in the harbour of Thessaloniki.
Information Airport Thessaloniki
- Name: Thessaloniki International Airport "Macedonia"
- IATA Code: SKG
- Distance to downtown Thessaloniki: 13 km
- Transportation: regional bus, rented car, taxi
More to see in Thessaloniki
- Latomos-Monastery Osios David, 6th century
- Pascha Hamam, old Turkish bathhouse
- Heptapyrgion Citadel, part of the ancient city walls