Thessaloniki is...

  • The most important administrative, cultural, and business center in northern Greece, and the second largest city in Greece.
  • A midsize city situated on the Thermaic Gulf, with apopulation of more than 1.1 million in the metropolitan area.
  • Near the Aegean Sea, an hour’s drive from both Mt.Olympus and beatyful beaches, and a short flight from the capitals of several Balkan and Mediterranean countries.

Thessaloniki in numbers

  • 50 km of coastline, with a new urban waterfront completed in 2014 for walking, jogging, cycling and more.
  • 30 Museums
  • 15 UNESCO Monuments
  • Flights to 81 destinations worldwide in 31countries, and 35 domestic destinations.
  • 30 minutes by foot across city center, from east to west.

Food, fun & lifestyle

  • “A capital of cheap eats” – The New York Times recognized Thessaloniki in its 52 Places to Go in 2016, with an emphasis on its food scene.
  • More cafés per capita than any other European city, according to Na4onal Geographic. Ranked in the “Top 10 Nightlife ci4es” for 2015 (travelers’ favorites), and in “Best Trips 2013” in Na4onal Geographic.
  • Rated the best midsize European city of the future for 2014, in the “Human Capital and Lifestyle” index of the Financial Times’ FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments).

A youth city

Thessaloniki is the largest university town in the country, and the city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Our universities and colleges:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • University of Macedonia
  • International Hellenic University
  • The University of Sheffield, International Faculty
  • CITY College The American College of Thessaloniki
  • American Farm School
  • DEI College
  • Metropolitan College
  • New York College

There are approximately 150,000 university and study abroad students in the city each year. The city launched the Study in Thessaloniki ini4a4ve in 2014, to make Thessaloniki an education and research hub for students from around the world.