Planning a trip to Thessaloniki? From visiting museums to exploring the city’s history through its churches, here’s a list of things to do in Thessaloniki.
Things to Do in Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is a city of great cultural, economic, and historical interest! Its legacy is depicted in its architecture, portrayed in people’s lifestyles, and displayed in the local museums.
When you visit Thessaloniki, Greece, there are many things you can do. From traditional sightseeing to tasting the local cuisine and walking the streets of the city to absorb its sounds and scents, we offer a few ideas of things to do in Thessaloniki.
Visit some local churches
- The church of Agios Dimitrios is dedicated to the Thessaloniki’s patron, dates back to the 7th, and is distinguished for its great mosaics.
- The church of Agia Sofia stands out for its impressive Byzantine architecture, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and boasts of its great wall paintings.
- The church of Panagia Chalkeon is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the interior paintings go back to the date it was built – that’s 1028.
The list of churches in Thessaloniki is long. Agios Pavlos is extremely beautiful and Panagia Archiropiitos is worth visiting for its frescoes.
Enjoy traditional and modern museums
Traditional choices include the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the War Museum and the Jewish Museum. If you prefer something fresher, go to the Museum of Cinema, the Photography Museum, and the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki.
Book a sailing cruise
One of the things to do in Thessaloniki is to go sailing. Book a cruise with BabaSails Yachting to view the city from the Thermaikos Gulf and admire one of the most prominent locations of the city, the promenade.
Check out the city’s monuments
As you walk the streets of Thessaloniki, you will see plenty of monuments and archaeological sites. Some of the most important ones include the Rotunda of Galerius, the Ancient Agora, and the Arch of Galerius.
Get local products from the markets
Get some local products before you go and the scent of the city by visiting two of the traditional markets, the Kapani and the Modiano markets.