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dimi_pat

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I live in Athens and I love the city life but I've but wanting to see what the other great city in Greece has to offer. But as always I'm travelling on a budget. So it Thessaloniki expensive? And are there any tips for making it more affordable?
 
I live in Athens and I love the city life but I've but wanting to see what the other great city in Greece has to offer. But as always I'm travelling on a budget. So it Thessaloniki expensive? And are there any tips for making it more affordable?
Thessaloniki is not expensive at all, a bit cheaper than Athens. I would suggest you check out hotel prices on the internet.
 
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ssherie_

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Thessaloniki is not expensive at all, a bit cheaper than Athens. I would suggest you check out hotel prices on the internet.
Definitely cheaper than Athens!
 

k_tsoukalas

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Thessaloniki is definitely cheaper than Athens! It's a great city, filled with a youthful population and a lot of cultural things to enjoy, like museums and art galleries.
 

ladytina

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I have found that it can be pricey but it isn't as bad as Athens. It all depends on the type of vacation you have. You'll spend most of your money on your hotel, so it is good to choose a nice one that is also affordable.
 
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xmelissaa

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I have found that it can be pricey but it isn't as bad as Athens. It all depends on the type of vacation you have. You'll spend most of your money on your hotel, so it is good to choose a nice one that is also affordable.
Very true. Hotels are the most expensive. In comparison to the US, dining is pretty cheap but groceries are expensive. At least that's what I've noticed
 

Eirini

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Check also in Airbnb or world Hostel. Ano poli( άνω Πόλη) is very nice neighborhood und near to centro, but there is also busses to go to the center.
 
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paharo45

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Check also in Airbnb or world Hostel. Ano poli( άνω Πόλη) is very nice neighborhood und near to centro, but there is also busses to go to the center.
I recommend ano poli as well when traveling to Thessaloniki, it's my favourite neighborhood
 

ladytina

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I recommend ano poli as well when traveling to Thessaloniki, it's my favourite neighborhood
I really enjoyed my time there, too. I agree! You should go there, as well.
 

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.

What do Athenians think about Thessaloniki?

Before any Athenians or Greeks get their feelings hurt in the comments, please know that this video was just for fun! Personally, I love both Athens and Thessaloniki and have had great experiences in both places. I have found that Athens is very beautiful during Christmas time, and I prefer to travel there in the off-season since it can get very hot during the summer and pretty empty during August. Thessaloniki is great during the summer because it's right by the water so you can enjoy that cool ocean breeze.

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! :)

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!
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