travelgrove Reviews

Spending a few days in Thessaloniki, Greece

    Thessaloniki's map
lindamura's pictureby lindamura review
added on 27th of August, 2008

A visitor approaching Thessaloniki from the sea will have a first glimpse of a modern metropolis, lots of blocks of flats and other modern buildings.

This sight was very different a few hundred years ago. A major change in the façade of the city took place after the 1917 fire destroyed a great part of it leading to a new infrastructure plan to be developed, but something was still left for example the old neighborhood of Kastra and other major Roman ruins and ottoman buildings. They were renovated and the city of Thessaloniki was named a European cultural capital.


The city was founded in 316 BC by king Cassander who named the city after his wife. The city developed during Roman times. Christianity flourished in the settlement under the Byzantine rulers who built new churches. Despite the many attacks, earthquakes, fires or epidemics, the city continued to prosper.

After 1500 many Jews came from Spain to settle here making up almost half of the city’s population. After the war, the Nazi took most of them to concentration camps and at present, there are less than one thousand Jews left. Lots of other refugees made up the city’s population giving it a multicultural feel and making the local cuisine a very rich one in flavors.


- The International Fair that takes place every year in October makes the city an important commercial centre

- The Museum of Archeology boasts Macedonian, and Roman artifacts from the whole region. Verghina collection holds some magnificent treasures: jewels, household items made of gold, the king’s crown, and many other.

- Churches- here in the city more byzantine churches have survived the ottoman destruction than in other places. The earliest churches have been adapted from Roman basilicas, that were in turn built upon old Greek temples. You can visit Ahiropitos and Aghios Dhimitrios. The last one is the church that has been built short time after the death of Saint Dhimitrios on the place where he was kild. This is the biggest church in Greece, almost completely reconstructed after the 1917 fire.

- Osios Dhavid- is what is left of Latomos monastery and you can find it in the old Kastra neighborhood.

- Aghia Sofia – dating the 8th century was built to imitate the one with the same name in Constantinople

- Aghios Nikolaos Orfanos is the most beautiful church located in the northeastern part of Kastra

- The Byzantine Museum boasts an exquisite art collection, icons, ceramics, coins

- Modhiano covered market- bearing the name of the Jewish family who built it, sells fresh meat and fish

The surrounding area makes for a day trip and you can see the ruins of Dion and the beautiful Mount Olimp.


Things about Thessaloniki you may be interested in

Greece - overview

1. Aug 27, 2008 Spending a few days in Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki)

Start from beginning1 - 1          Journal overview

Read about Thessaloniki in our travel-guide

Recommended Thessaloniki Guide

Thessaloniki History

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, after the capital, Athens, and it is the largest and most populous city in the Greek region of Macedonia. The most fascinating thing about Thessaloniki is that the city has been standing in the same spot for over 2000 years. Throughout the millennia, Thessaloniki has played a major role not only in Greek history, but also in the history of all the nations it has belonged to. The city is a gold mine of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and of course, Ancient Greek relics. This Thessaloniki History Guide will give an outline of the city’s rich history.... Read more »


Recent reviews for Thessaloniki

Heracleion was a great disappointment - Apr 1, 2009, by Wazling
The big capital city, touristically overcrowded and offering mostly the typical tourist shops, selling all the rubish you know from other cities. If you go on the outskirts, its often not very clean and doesnt offer very good places to go... Read more »

Athens - first impression - May 15, 2008, by Wazling
I've never seen such a different city before that time. On the one hand there was everything historical and full of antique things, on the other hand the place was very dirty and spoiled sometimes, mainly if you went away from the tourist... Read more »

The best climate in Greece - Apr 1, 2009, by Wazling
Very small village, only with some buildings and small store, at least one restaurant, directly at the train station. The city is well known for its healing fountains. There's no nightlife, but a great wide beach, where a lot of... Read more »

Daytrip to the ancient Mykene - Dec 13, 2006, by Wazling
If you're near to Mykene, you should really go there. It's a well preserved antique Greek city, digged out by the german Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century (yes, he is the same archeologist who discovered Troy, so you should take a... Read more »

Short visit in Tripolis - Dec 16, 2006, by Wazling
If you don't have a car, you should really check public traffic schedules, otherwise you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, like I was! Tripolis is not really special, there are a few shops fort ourists and soem restaurants, but nothing you... Read more »


More reviews you might be interested in

Neusiedl Am See reviews - Austria
This Neusiedler See lake is both on the territory of Hungary (here it is called FertÅ‘ tó) and Austria. We visited it on the Austrian part....
A visit at Neusiedlersee/Ferto lake

Martigny reviews - Switzerland
Martigny is a nice small town in Switzerland at the area of the 'Wallis'. It's not so big, but the place offers you a good museum, showing you the...
Martigny, a great place to relax in Switzerland


Weiltingen reviews - Germany
Weiltingen is a small town, as quiet as other villages in an area, where mostly farmers do their business. It lies at about 20 Kilometres away from...
Roman ruins in Weiltingen

Saint-tropez reviews - France
Everybody has dreams. Everybody has dreams about places to see. A few have their dreams fulfilled. The rest of us, well, we just keep dreaming, and...
My dream vacation in Saint-Tropez


York reviews - United Kingdom
York, which is a halfway point between London and Edinburgh, is one of Englands most famous historical town. It is a beautiful place with appealing...
York, United Kingdom

Kalamata reviews - Greece
Very small village, only with some buildings and small store, at least one restaurant, directly at the train station. The city is well known for...
The best climate in Greece


Vadu Crisului reviews - Romania
After ending our hiking trip we walked a bit to a bridge. We went to the other side because we knew that a waterfall can be seen there. We were...
Caving at Vadu Crisului

Indianapolis reviews - Indiana
Indianapolis is a capital that provides an extensive range of entertainment to guests. It’s the bureaucrat recreational games capital of the...
On vacation in Indianapolis


Altenmarkt/Zauchensee reviews - Austria
Zauchensee is located in an area that is 1,350m above sea level and this height together with the position of the resort assures skiers plenty of...
Zauchensee, a great ski resort in Austria

Sinaia reviews - Romania
This castle was very different from the previous ones mainly because it was built between 1873 and 1883, so it's "new" compared to the...
Visiting the Peles Castle near Sinaia

   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it