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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.
 

The history behind the white tower of Thessaloniki

Did you know that the white tower of Thessaloniki (lefkos pyrgos) was not the original tower that was there in the first place? During the siege of Thessaloniki in 1185, the tower was destroyed and then rebuilt. The new tower (the one that we see today) was constructed by the Ottoman Empire by an architect who constructed a similar tower in Valona, Albania.

Have you heard about the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki?

This museum is lesser known but I've heard amazing things from friends who have visited! There is a very interesting exhibit that is currently being put on titled "Visualizing humanity." It is the first project by the Network of Contemporary Culture Museums of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. I really would love to visit this exhibit since it showcases the phases of life and culture, mainly inspired by important moments in Greek history. There are four "chapters" in the exhibition, my favorite concept (whiteout seeing it of course) is Feels Like Home. :)

Allatini Villa is a baroque piece of Greek history in Thessaloniki

Allatini Villa definitely sticks out when you look at the rest of the buildings in Thessaloniki. This building is in the baroque architecture style and was built by an Italian architect names Vitaliano Poselli for a wealthy family who wanted a vacation home. Throughout the years, the building has been transformed for many different purposes. This video does a quick overview, and shows you the building from the outside but does not provide much detail. If anyone has more info, I would love to know.

Fantastic exhibition happening at the Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture

This exhibition is titled "Philhellenisms, 1780-1860" and covers this crucial time period in Greek history during the Byzantine empire. The exhibition will showcase many different mediums of art including important texts from the time. The president of Greece will be attending to open up the exhibition, just showing how important and beautiful it will be to showcasing Greek history. I will be excited to visit soon!

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.
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