Sights

Discover the nymph of Thermaikos!

Why visit Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and not without a reason! It is a city
worth visiting all year round as each season will give you different experiences. It has a rich history
with important monuments and sights that are worth your time. From the city center to its
most remote places, every corner of Thessaloniki is unique!

Aristotelous Square

The creation of the square was planned after the great fire of 1917 that destroyed the centre of Thessaloniki. A historic and vital part of the city, it served as the central axis of the redesign of the city by Ernest Hébrard. The architecture of building facades is inspired by European or colonial models, as well as Neo-Byzantine tendencies in the individual decor of buildings. It is a rare example of implementation of scheduled architecture. The buildings were constructed from 1930 to 1960. Thanks to its orientation, the square enjoys an enchanting view of Mt Olympus. The square is home to numerous points of reference of the city, including Electra Palace Hotel and Olympion Cinema, headquarters of the International Film Festival.

Ladadika

This area was the Byzantine port of Thessaloniki. During the period of Ottoman rule, it was embanked and, under the name Istira, was the city’s centre of wholesale trade. The Ladadika quarter was named from the wholesale trade of oil and was spared from the devastating fire of 1917, retaining the character and memories of the late-19th century market. Different types of buildings and styles compose an image of the city’s architecture and street planning out of the past. Today, the area remains vibrant, as it is home to numerous offices, restaurants and cafés.