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greek_ggirl

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I'm wondering if I should book a guided tour to really get to know the city well and learn about all of the history and culture. Is it worth it? And would you recommend a private tour guide or going in a group? I really want to learn more about the places that I'm visiting and not just walking around aimlessly
 
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tomipark

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Honestly I would say no. I suggest you do your research beforehand and come up with a short list of things you want to do and see. I find tourists get in the way of being spontaneous
 

xmelissaa

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Ugh I'm not really a fan of guided tours! In my experience they get a bit boring
 

k_tsoukalas

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Thessaloiniki has a hop on, hop off bus. These are great because you can see all the sites at your own pace. There is some narration as you're driving, but then you get off and visit the site at your leisure. While there you can snap a picture, take a tour, walk around, etc. When you're done, you just wait for the next hop on hop off bus and then stop at the next site that you're interested in.
 

ladytina

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I think it depends on what you like. Sometimes a tour is a great way to give yourself an overview of a new place. Once you get the tourist stuff out of the way, you can really get in there and see the culture and enjoy the people and natural beauty. When I first visited Thessaloniki, I did a tour, and I don't regret it.
 
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auroracoor1

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I think it depends on what you like. Sometimes a tour is a great way to give yourself an overview of a new place. Once you get the tourist stuff out of the way, you can really get in there and see the culture and enjoy the people and natural beauty. When I first visited Thessaloniki, I did a tour, and I don't regret it.
I also did a tour when I first visited! I think if you do a short one in the early morning when it's not too hot it can give you a good sense of what to do in the city
 

ladytina

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I also did a tour when I first visited! I think if you do a short one in the early morning when it's not too hot it can give you a good sense of what to do in the city
That's exactly why I sometimes take a tour - when I need to get my bearings and get to know the city. I zero in on the sites that I like and see them in more detail, or I walk away content knowing that I got a nice overview during my short time in a place.
 
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kcixcy

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That's exactly why I sometimes take a tour - when I need to get my bearings and get to know the city. I zero in on the sites that I like and see them in more detail, or I walk away content knowing that I got a nice overview during my short time in a place.
Do you have any recommendations on where to go to in Thessaloniki?
 

ladytina

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Do you have any recommendations on where to go to in Thessaloniki?
I really enjoyed walking around Aristotle Square. There are cafes and shops and stuff here, plus it's just a pretty place. I love history, so experiencing the likes of the White Tower wasn't enough for me. I needed a tour to give me an overview of the history of the city and some of the sites. Another place I really liked was the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki because it gave a nice historical overview. Plus, there are some great beaches. Agia Triada Beach is nearby and you can take a taxi - that beach was a highlight for me.
 

You should check out a PAOK soccer game at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki

Toumba Stadium is where the PAOK Football Club plays all of its games! Soccer games in Greece are very exciting and full of energy. I would argue that they're probably some of the most passionate soccer fans in the entire world. Of course, if they're playing a rival team I recommend exercising caution. Sometimes the fans can get pretty rowdy and fights can break out. It's definitely a great place to go if you're in the city! :)

What are the best day trips from Thessaloniki?

I’ve been wanting to visit Thessaloniki for a while now, but of course I can’t visit a city without hitting the beach right after! Are there any good day trips from the island that people recommend?

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.

What neighborhoods do you recommend that I visit in Thessaloniki?

I’m only planning on going to Thessaloniki for a couple of days so I’m wondering what would be the best neighborhoods to visit. Personally, I’m not looking for anything super touristy. I like to go out to eat and shop around, and usually go back to my hotel around 10pm, so not much nightlife for me. Let me know what you all think!!

What do people like about Thessaloniki?

I love these videos so much because I get great insight into what locals actually like about different cities. In my opinion, there's so much to like about Thessaloniki. I really love how the city has so much culture, and you can see how the influence of different empires has impacted the cities architecture. Would you agree with some of what I said in the video? Or do you have a different perspective? Let me know!

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