Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki) is the second largest city in Greece; lively, economic and cultural, it is the perfect place for a stopover for a few days before exploring the wonders of the area.
Besides being the starting point for visiting the main attractions of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki is a city that is absolutely worth a visit, a wonderful mix of old and new: clubs, nightlife and shopping on one side and historical and cultural attractions on the other.
Not to mention the sea, although it is not a full-fledged seaside resort, there are still beaches in the surroundings, but above all a few hours by car there is the Halkidiki peninsula, with its crystal clear waters and a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
In this guide we see how to orient yourself and which neighborhood to choose for your stay in Thessaloniki.
Where to Stay in Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is not gritty like Athens, is a small city that can be easily explored on foot. The advice is to stay in the center, close to the main attractions.
The center is easily reached from the airport by public transport and is the best solution for strolling and enjoying every corner of the city. The most distant district is the Upper Town (Ano Poli), however, reachable on foot or by bus.
The heart of the center of Thessaloniki is the Aristotle Square, surrounded by neoclassical buildings and adjacent to the waterfront; full of bars, cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants. The area is close to everything and is the perfect base from which to explore the city.
The main artery running through the center of Thessaloniki is via Egnatia, the shopping street. Choosing to stay around this long avenue is an excellent solution. Keep in mind, however, that Egnatia is quite busy and noisy; so the ideal would be to look for something nearby or in any case it is preferable to avoid the rooms that overlook the street.
But let's see what are the other areas that make up the center of Thessaloniki and why you should choose them for your stay in the Greek city.
If you are looking for a lively and lively area, the best choice is Ladadika, is located on the west side of the port, and is the best area of Thessaloniki for nightlife. It is an old redeveloped neighborhood, where there are many clubs and restaurants. Ideal for a walk through its streets and neoclassical buildings or for a meal in one of the many restaurants, where you can taste typical dishes.
There is nothing better than a nice walk along the Thessaloniki seafront (Paralia), among bars and restaurants and with the symbol of the city, the White Tower. The area is always lively and frequented by both tourists and residents. Also not to be missed is the monument to Alexander the Great.
The old town (Ano Poli or Città Alta) is located north of the center, you can reach it on foot or by bus. It is a place not to be missed, the most characteristic of the city, where you can breathe a unique atmosphere and where you can relive the Byzantine and Ottoman past. The neighborhood is full of typical taverns and you can admire a breathtaking view of the city and the gulf.
I recommend Hotel in Thessaloniki
We have chosen the Tourist Hotel. The strong point is certainly its very central location, a few steps from Aristotelous Square, Via Egnatia, Ladadika and close to the bus stop for the airport (in front of the hotel).
The hotel is very nice, well-kept and the staff is friendly and helpful. Excellent quality-price relation.
Outside the center: Panorama district
If you are looking for a quiet area outside the center of Thessaloniki, Panorama is for you. A residential neighborhood, a well-kept area, with luxurious buildings and pine forests with panoramic views. However, it is preferable to have your own vehicle, given the somewhat decentralized position.