Thessaloniki is the capital of the region Central Macedonia and it was first established in 316 BC by Kassandros and named after his wife, Thessalonike, half-sister of Alexander the Great. The name Thessaloniki means "Thessalian Victory". It was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople. Thessaloniki is a town with rich history and an exciting present.
The city is bustling with life and movement. Large avenues, parks and squares provide nice green spaces, and trees line the commercial streets. There are old houses and Neoclassical buildings that stand side by side with modern constructions. The people of Thessaloniki are known for their friendliness and hospitality throughout Greece.
The city is also known for its great cuisine. No one can resist the tasteful sweets, delicious pies, or numerous taverns that offer special Greek dishes. No one can resist a town like Thessaloniki!
The White Tower
The White Tower is a widely known symbol of the city and a point of reference for locals and visitors. It stands next to the sea front of the town as a reminder of old times. In the 19th century it was a prison and nowadays it’s a museum of art and history.
The area from Koudouriotou to Diamanti streets and from Hiou to Lemnou streets is known as Ladadika. This is an old quarter, with narrow pavements and neoclassical buildings. Here you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and the Museum of ancient Greek and Byzantine instruments.
Dastart Cafe has a great located right in the heart of the city center of Thessaloniki. Here can enjoy a delicious drink in a relaxed environment with mixed music and quality service. Free Wi-Fi.
Good to know
You can cover most of the distances in the city by foot or using the local buses. Tickets can be bought either at the kiosks or from the vending machines on the bus. If you buy the ticket on the bus, remember to have coins. All tickets must be validated and are useable for 70 minutes. Different kind of day passes are also available.
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