Visiting Thessaloniki during Winter

Winter is one of the best times of the year to visit the biggest town of Northern Greece. Not only because there are many things to do in the city, but also because there are many choices for excursions around.

Wrap up warm, take a stroll on Thessaloniki beautiful promenade, check out our suggestions and choose a luxury accommodation in the Thessaloniki center, where you can have everything you need for a marvelous stay in a walking distance!

1. Gastronomy

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Thessaloniki has a special culinary identity, since it was inhabited by different people throughout its history. That is why the food offered in the city’s tavernas, bistros and restaurants is exceptional. Walk in the center of the city, through the markets of Modiano, Kapani and Athonos and detect this sophisticated gastronomic identity discovering the great variety of flavors. Searching for places to eat and drink in Thessaloniki? Dare to have a rich dining experience in one of Thessaloniki’s restaurants and taste homemade and street food such as koulouri, bougatsa, tsoureki and pasteli. Winter in Thessaloniki is the perfect time to enjoy the pleasure of good food.

2. Byzantine walk tour

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In this city the history is present through its architecture, no wonder why the most famous Thessaloniki sightseeing is around its streets. Walk down along the Byzantine fortification walls and discover the monuments classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Visit the emblematic Rotonda with its superb mosaics, the Arch of Triumph (Kamara) and Aghia Sophia which is similar – though smaller – to the famous Byzantine church of Istanbul.

3. An artistic walk at the waterfront

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Do not miss the chance to walk at Thessaloniki’s Waterfront. It is one of the best walks you can have in Greece, enjoying the view of the White Tower at the edge of the road. Picture the Umbrellas, a work by Giorgos Zogolopoulos with view to the sea of Thermaikos and choose one of the elegant cafes to taste a hot cup of coffee. That is how a winter break in Thessaloniki feels like!

4. Bells Festival – Carnival

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Holidays in Thessaloniki during February means Carnival’s fun as well! The traditional Bells Festival, which takes place in the city during the whole month, is celebrated with many events and comes to its peak on the 24th with a colorful parade of Men Wearing Bells at the seafront. Ask the receptionist at your hotel for more information on carnivals in Thessaloniki.

5. The Ancient city of Philippi

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The ancient city of Philippi is the most important archaeological site of Eastern Macedonia and one of the most well preserved ancient cities of Greece. Walk through its monuments and discover the architecture of Ancient Greece, Roman and Byzantine times. There is also a wonderful theatre, the second best ancient theatre of Greece (following that of Epidaurus) and a wonderful museum. You can reach Philippi through the new Egnatia Road in less than 2 hours and there you will be able to see the remaining of the Ancient Egnatia Road, one of the biggest Ancient roads in the country.

6. Music

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If you are an admirer of classical music, opera and top quality performances, Thessaloniki has many events of this kind to offer. In this time of the year there are various concerts of symphonic music in Thessaloniki Concert Hall, such as the Symphony No 11 by Shostakovitch, a concert dedicated to Beethoven etc. At the Royal Theatre you can enjoy a concert dedicated to Edith Piaf’s music with the Symphonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki. You may ask at the reception of your hotel for more information.

7. Thessaloniki by night

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In the historic neighborhood of Ladadika you can find a great number of bars and restaurants in Thessaloniki standing side to side, while in Proxenou Koromila street there are all day bars and bistros serving a light menu, coffee and drinks.

8. Ski time

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If you love skiing, there are many choices around Thessaloniki with amazing ski resorts. Seli Ski Resort, 95 km away, is one of them. Enjoy your favorite sport or a cup of hot chocolate in the beautiful chalet, marveling the imposing mountains. If you come to the city on the 17th of February, you should know that there is a special event in Seli Ski Resort, called “The Day of the Colors”, presenting DJ sets, dancing, games and snow-painting happenings. There will be buses in front of the White Tower at 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning to get you there.

Thessaloniki Hotel Special Offers

If you are already dreaming of holidays in Thessaloniki, arrange your stay at The Excelsior Hotel, one of Thessaloniki 5 star hotels, taking advantage of our special offer of minimum stay 2 nights and enjoy a free 3-course dinner at Charile D. Brasserie, designed by two-Michelin star awarded chef Arnaud Bignon.

View the offer here >> Winter Offer in Thessaloniki

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