The White Tower is the most commonly known monument of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the city because of its prominent position, long history and impressive architecture.Today the tower is open to the public while the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from its highest level.A very beautiful and informative museum inside the monument is dedicated to the city's history, its multicultural spirit and several other aspects of Thessaloniki.
The Arch of Galerius (Kamara) is perhaps the most distinctive and interesting roman structure of Thessaloniki. It is also one of the most popular destinations of the city along with the White Tower for both locals and tourists.The arch was commissioned as a triumphal monument by emperor Galerius in order to celebrate the victorious campaign against the Sassanid Persians in 298 A.D. and the capture of their capital Ctesiphon.
Aristotle Square, Thessaloniki’s bigger and trademark square. It goes all the way up to Egnatia street so it’s up to you to decide whether to make it a part of your seafront walk or leave it for a separate walk in the city center itself. In any case, along Aristotle Sq. you’ll see some of the most beautiful buildings of the city. Aristotle Sq. hosts many music, social and cultural events throughout the year and is the center of all the Christmas decorations that give the city a postcardy feeling. Don’t forget to have your picture taken next to Greek philosopher and polymath teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle's statue, somewhere on the right side of the square!
Built in 306 A.D. by the Romans, Rotunda is one of the oldest religious sites of the city.The administrative needs of the Tetrarchy led Galerius to the construction of the Imperial complex in Thessaloniki because of its importance as one of the capitals, after he came into power being one of the 4 rulers. Galerius Arch (Kamara) and Rotunda were basic elements of the palatial complex. Original intensions were predicting its use as a mausoleum, although many archaeologists believe it was initially used as a roman temple. The dimensions of the main structure are quite impressive.
Along with your walk to Ano Poli don’t miss the chance to have a closer look to the Byzantine fortifications that still surround part of the modern city center. You will feel like travelling back into the city's past from within as the whole place is surrounded by history! The city's fortification reveals once again the importance given by every Emperor, Ruler, King or Sultan to Thessaloniki as a financial and political center, because of its strategic location.
The Paleo - Christian temple of Agia Sophia is one of the most impressive Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki. Located in the center of the city as well, it is a very beautiful “Domed Basilica” style temple with an imposing architecture, beautiful wall paintings and elaborate mosaics. Having a 1600 years old history, it can easily be considered one of the most important religious sites in Macedonia.
Agios Dimitrios is arguably considered the most important church of Thessaloniki by the majority of the locals for religious, historical and artistic reasons as well. Devoted to the patron Saint of the city, it has a long and rich history that pretty much depicts some of the city's most important events of that shaped its identity.
Perhaps one of the most authentic experiences any food lover could get in Thessaloniki is visiting the city's historic open markets. The atmosphere, the people and the local delicacies will reward you! Modiano is one of the most traditional markets of Thessaloniki. It is located in the heart of the city and it has been part of the Thessalonians' life for about 80 years. Its construction started in 1922 and finished in 1930 by architect Eli Modiano. Most of the shops in Modiano market are food stores that sell spices, cheese, fish, meat, delicatessen products and so on. Among them, a fair number of small tavernas, restaurants and bars are also hosted here. A walk in Modiano will make you feel the spirit and scents of the old city of Thessaloniki as it truly is a living piece of history.
Just a few blocks away from Aristotelous square lies the roman heart of the ancient city, the Roman Forum, also known as “Ancient Agora”. The Forum (Agora) was constructed by the Romans in the late 1st century A.D. Along with the Galerian Palace Complex it was the center of political and public life in Thessaloniki. On the north, you will be able to enjoy your coffee or snack in any of the coffee shops in “Olympou” street, while if you’re on a mood for people watching or a walk by the sea, “Aristotelous Square” and “Leoforos Nikis” is just 5 minutes away going south towards the modern Egnatia street.
Following the most popular shopping street of Thessaloniki, Tsimiski Avenue, right after Platia Eleftherias (Freedom Plaza), you will discover “Ladadika” district, a beautiful walkable area which is one of the favorite destinations for both local and tourist visitors and the city’s college community. Ladadika is one of the hot spots of Thessaloniki when it comes to entertainment. Here the old merges with the new. Espresso bars, coffee shops, tavernas, beer stores and so on can be found here. The colors, sounds and smells of Ladadika will give you a fair taste of Thessalonian entertainment.