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d_kakavouli

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I have been to Athens plenty of times but never Thessaloniki. I am trying to nail down an itinerary for the next time I am in Greece. I have never been to Thessaloniki! What is a good list of things to see and do while I am here? I started my research:

** Ladadika District - Because it seems kinda neat....
** Archaeological Museum - I love this kind of thing!
** White Tower - seems like an iconic landmark?
 
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I have been to Athens plenty of times but never Thessaloniki. I am trying to nail down an itinerary for the next time I am in Greece. I have never been to Thessaloniki! What is a good list of things to see and do while I am here? I started my research:

** Ladadika District - Because it seems kinda neat....
** Archaeological Museum - I love this kind of thing!
** White Tower - seems like an iconic landmark?
Check out also these landmarks/museums:
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Basilica of St. Demetrius
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos (you will love the frescoes!)
Church of St. Athanasius (87 Egnatias str.)
Rotonda
Church of Hosios David
Church of the Holy Apostles
Vlatadon Monastery
Roman Agora/Forum with the attached museum

If you want further information, I am at your disposal!
 
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ladytina

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Check out also these landmarks/museums:
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Basilica of St. Demetrius
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos (you will love the frescoes!)
Church of St. Athanasius (87 Egnatias str.)
Rotonda
Church of Hosios David
Church of the Holy Apostles
Vlatadon Monastery
Roman Agora/Forum with the attached museum

If you want further information, I am at your disposal!
This is a fantastic list. There are so many great churches and museums in Thessaloniki. It's totally worth visiting each of these churches because they are all so unique.
 

k_tsoukalas

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Hmmm let's see - I agree that you should see the White Tower. It's pretty iconic and a recognizable feature of the city. I have also heard that the churches are a must-see. Each is so unique and beautiful! I would also take the time to wander through the neighborhoods - they all have their own, unique character.
 

Guided tour in an historic church of Thessaloniki for free!

A few (even Thessalonians...) are familiar with one of the most historic parishes of the city, the church of St Athanasius the Great (87 Egnatias str.). Guided tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 and 11:00 am (FOR FREE)! You can see details in the announcements hung outside the church. It's a unique opportunity to learn about Orthodox art and spirituality, as well as the history of the city, while listening to heavenly Byzantine music recordings. Although the facade may not look so attractive, the interior is stunning! You visit not only the nave, but also the north chapel, as well as the gallery. Looking for a different experience in an historic and not over-crowded landmark? That's your place!

The Arch of Galerius is one of Thessalonikis most famous landmark

Thessaloniki has two very famous landmarks: the white tower and the the arch of galerius. The history behind this arch is actually very fascinating, it was built in 305 C.E. to signify Galerius’ win from the Persian empire. The arch is now a very popular tourist site, and there is an open space around it where people walk around and enjoy the view of the water. You will definitely stumble upon it on your next trip to Thessaloniki.

You should rent a bike to tour Thessaloniki!

Many people don't think to rent a bike to see the city, but I think it's one of the best things you can do since Thessaloniki is right on the water and you will get some amazing views. Unlike different cities nearby, like Kavala, Thessaloniki doesn't have that many hills and is very easy to get around on the bike. I just recommend that you're careful of drivers, as Greek drivers can be a bit aggressive on the road. When I last visited, it was a few years back so I don't remember which bike rental company we used. So if anyone recommendations please drop them below.

Try bougatsa, Thessalonikis best breakfast food

Thessaloniki has one of the most popular breakfast foods in Greece! Bougatsa is a custard filled phyllo pastry with cinnamon and powdered sugar on top. The pastry is from Thessaloniki but is eaten in most regions in Northern Greece and you can find it in other areas of Greece as well.
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What does everyone like about Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is one of the most unique places in Greece! Its way better than Athens in my opinion, it has everything that a big city has to offer but it also has a small town and waterfront vibe. Do you agree with what was said in the video? Or do you have your own perceptions about what is good and bad about the city? Let me know!

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