Perched on the Aegean coastline for more than 2,000 years, Thessaloniki charms with its unique culture and vibrant spirit. From ancient history and incredible architecture to delicious food and lively nightlife, this sun-kissed city ticks all the boxes. Venture here and delve headfirst into Greece’s northern jewel.
Flights between Dubai and Thessaloniki
flydubai will operate flights between Dubai and Thessaloniki three times a week from 15 June 2018.
Things to see and do in Thessaloniki
- Glimpse into the ancient past of this pocket of Greece when you visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Meander through an extensive exhibition of prehistoric Macedonian artefacts, including jewellery, pottery and tools.
- Head to sophisticated Aristotelous Square and relax at a pavement café while enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding seascape. Alternatively, roam the waterfront square and find plenty of shops and eateries to explore.
- Take in the grandeur of the Agios Dimitrios. This impressive temple dates back to the 5th century and is an incredible example of Byzantine architecture and design. When you visit, be sure to venture down to the underground crypts and discover the unique atmosphere of this intriguing museum exhibition.
- Greece is a must-visit destination for the foodie traveller. Thanks to its unique location, a melting pot of flavours are laced throughout this city’s cuisine. Succulent souvlaki, feta-stuffed pitta breads, grilled sardines and zucchini fritters are among the culinary highlights.
- Wander along the city’s waterfront to the iconic White Tower. The 15th-century fortification makes for an excellent picture opportunity and also doubles up as a museum where you can learn about the tower’s colourful history.
- Top off your historical tour with a trip to Eptapyrgio Castle. Perched on a hill overlooking the older quarter of Thessaloniki, this Byzantine and Ottoman-era stronghold stuns with its blend of weathered, honey-tinged towers.
Tips for travellers
Venture a little further afield to the Halkidiki peninsula to see some of the most breath-taking beaches the country has to offer. Think azure waters and soft white sands stretching out in every direction. If you’re a hiker, head a little further inland and explore the woodland areas surrounding Lake Koroneia.