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Thessaloniki City

Guide
by Thessaloniki Boutique Hotel Zaliki

Hotel Zaliki’s Guide to Thessaloniki

How to get to Thessaloniki?
By plane:
The airport Makedonia (SKG) is located in the area of Mikra, about 20-minute drive
from downtown. It is the second largest airport in Greece, linked with most major
Europe and Balkan cities.
In our hotel, you can get a special offer for free taxi pickup from airport along with
your room.
Taking a taxi on your own, it will cost you around 30 euros. You can also go to the
center of the town using the 24-hour bus line - number 78 (or 78N during night),
paying a ticket around one euro.
Extra info about the airport is available on Thessaloniki Airport’s website.
By train:
The railway station of Thessaloniki has become one of the major in the Balkan area.
It connects Thessaloniki with the largest cities of Romania, Croatia, Serbia,
Montenegro, Turkey, and Bulgaria.
Moreover, it connects Thessaloniki with the biggest cities in Greece, including of
course Athens, to which the trip lasts around 5 and a half hours.
Extra info including timetables is available on TRAINOSE’s website.
By bus:
KTEL company is the main bus transportation organization in Greece. The bus
station can be easily reached in the west end of the city. Tickets can also be
purchased from the Macedonia Bus Station ticket office, located at 119 Egnatia
Street.
On the website of KTEL , you can find information about the travel schedule and
fees.

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Getting around Thessaloniki:
On foot:
You can cover most of the city on foot. All main attractions are in walking distances
one from another.
By bus:
Organization of Urban Transport of Thessaloniki is in charge of the inner city bus
transport. You can find more information about the available routes, timetables and
other additional information on their website. Another option is to ask on the
reception in your hotel or even someone in the street to tell you where to take the
right bus for your destination.
Our recommendation is route 50 – Cultural line, which will guide you to the most
cultural attractions of the city.
By car:
At the airport you may find some rental companies if you want to rent a car or a
motorbike. Taxi from the airport to the city center will cost you around 30 euros.

Useful information:

Good to know
Language
Currency
Time zone

Greek
Euro
GMT+02 ( EET - Eastern European
Time)
Telephone country code
30
Thessaloniki telephone area code
2310
Electricity
220 Volts, 50 Cycles
Primary Socket Type
Europlug, Schuko
Emergency Numbers
Police
100
Fire brigade
199
Ambulance
166

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Post Office - Ask the people in the kiosks (there are many in every street) or the
locals where the nearest post office is. Phone: +30 2310 268954
Pharmacy - Each pharmacy in Thessaloniki has a notice in the window showing
which pharmacies are open, their normal working hours and addresses. Some of
them may have in their emergency number.

Useful Greek words and phrases
English

Greek(Pronancuation)

Yes
No
OK
Please/You’re welcome
Thank you
Excuse me/Pardon
What time is it?
Good morning/day
Good evening
Good night
Where am I?
Do you speak English?
Sorry, I don’t speak Greek.
Help
Where can I catch the bus?
I want a taxi
How much does that cost?
May I have the bill?
Hotel
Bank
Bus
Train
Station
Ticket
Open
Closed
Water
Tea
Coffee

Ne
Ohi
Entaxei
Parakalo
Efharisto
Syngnomi
Ti ora ine?
Kalimera
Kalispera
Kalinichta
Pou ime?
Milate anglika?
Signomi, ala then milao elinika.
Voithia
Pou boro na paro to leforio?
Thelo ena taxi.
Poso kostizi afto?
Boro na echo to logariasmo?
Xenodocheio
Trapeza
Leforio
Treno
Stathmos
Eisitirio
Anoichto
Kleisto
Nero
Tsai
Kafe

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Where to stay in Thessaloniki?
Hotel El Greco
El Greco Hotel is the only 3 star hotel with 4 star quality in Thessaloniki. It has one
of the best locations in Thessaloniki, right in the hearth of the city. All the main
tourist attractions of Thessaloniki are within walking distance of El Greco hotel and
great shopping opportunities surround it.
Address: 23 Egnatia Street
Phone: (+30) 2310 520 620
Website: hotelelgreco.gr
E-mail: info@hotelelgreco.gr

Hotel Zaliki
Zaliki Hotel Thessaloniki is located in the center of Thessaloniki, next to Aristotelous
square and just few steps away from Egnatia street. It welcomes you in a restored
neo-classical, building of the previous century, with a beautiful architecture, located
in the historical center of the city.
Address: 6 Gr. Zaliki Street
Phone: (+30) 2310 226 400
Website: zalikihotel.gr
E-mail: info@zalikihotel.gr

Hotel Rotonda
Hotel Rotonda is excellently located by Thessaloniki's Central Railway Station, right
at the entrance of the city. It offers you comfortable accommodation along with
excellent public transport links and immediate access to the commercial, cultural
and business center of the city.
Address: 97 Monastiriou Street
Phone: (+30) 2310 517 121
Website: hotelrotonda.com
E-mail: info@hotelrotonda.com

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Hotel Luxembourg
Hotel Luxembourg is located by the Aristotelous Square, where Komninon and
Kalapothaki streets intersect. Its quality rooms are carefully decorated in order to
make you feel comfortable, cozy and like home.
Address: 6 Komnimon Street
Phone: (+30) 2310 252 600
Website: hotelluxembourg.gr
E-mail: info@hotelluxembourg.gr

Hotel Anessis
Anessis stands out of Thessaloniki Hotels with its modern design, warm and
welcoming envirornment. It’s ideal for business guests or for those who want to
enjoy a leisure visit to the cosmopolitan and cultural city of Thessaloniki.
Address: 20 26th October Street
Phone: (+30) 2310 520 200
Website: hotelanessis.gr
E-mail: info@hotelanessis.gr

What to see in Thessaloniki?
Monuments
Rotonda
It was constructed by Gallerius as his
mausoleum. It is the oldest of Thessaloniki's
churches. Some Greek publications claim it
is the oldest Christian church in the world,
although there are other competitors for
that title. It is the most important surviving
example of a church from the early Christian
period of the Greek-speaking part of the
Roman Empire.

Image 1 - Rotonda

White Tower
White tower is the symbol and point of reference for the locals and the visitors of
Thessaloniki city. It stands next to the water front of the town reminding of the old

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times. It used to be the tower that guarded the eastern end of the Thessaloniki’s
city walls during the 15th century and for the years later on was used as a prison.
In 1912 Thessaloniki was freed and the Tower was whitewashed as a symbol of
cleansing and freedom and gained its current “White Tower” name. Nowadays it's a
museum of art and history and one of the city’s main attractions.
Palace of Galerius and Arch Of Galerius – Kamara
The Palace is located in Navarinou Square and it was
built in 300 A. D in the heart of the Thessaloniki city.
Pieces of the palace are prominent around the center of
the city giving an ancient and historical feel to it. The
arch of Galerius, or commonly known as Kamara
(meaning arch), is about 1 minute walk north from the
palace and it is one of the most known meeting spot of
Thessaloniki citizens. It is a symbol of glory and has
been a focal spot of the city for a long time. Kamara
Image 2 - Kamara
was built in 299 A.D. and was dedicated in 303 A. D. to
Galerius victory over the Persians in 208 A. D.
Aristotelous square
The most impressive square in Thessaloniki. Buildings
with great architecture inspired by European and
colonial models, cafes, shops etc. A meeting place
during the day. The square where the big celebrations
take place, such as the coming of the New Year.
Everyday a lot of people take their walk in Aristotelous
square, a lot of young ones skateboard around and
hang out. The square is full of trees and ends next to
the water front where you could drink your coffee, beer
or eat in some fancy restaurant.
Roman Forum

Image 3 - Aristotle Statue

The Roman Forum of Thessaloniki is the ancient Roman-era forum (or Agora),
discovered by archeological excavations, which took place in 1966. It is a large twoterraced forum, which also features two Roman baths (one of them is buried
underneath the city) and a small theater, used for Gladiatorial games. In mid-2nd
century A.D., it was the cultural and economic center of Thessaloniki, and it’s
believed that it was used until 6th century. It is located north of the Aristotelous
square, between Filippou and Olympou streets, in Thessaloniki’s city center. In
summer, Pic Nic Urban Festival, which features free food and live music, is hosted

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at the Forum.

The Church Of Saint Demetrius - Agios Dimitrios
The church of the patron saint of the town is a
must see in Thessaloniki. The first church of
Saint Dimitrios, a Christian martyr, was built in
413 A.D. The location of the church is the place
where gladiator fights used to be performed in
the city. The ancient bath area, in which Saint
Dimitrios had been prisoned, has been retained
as a crypt inside the church. It was completely
rebuilt in 1948 according the original plans
since it has been destroyed twice before by
fire. It stands as one of the most important
byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki.

Image 4 - Agios Dimitrios

Osios David – The Latomou monastery
This humble church with a commanding view of the city was supposedly built about
500 in honor of Galerius's daughter, who was secretly baptized while her father was
away fighting. It was later converted into a mosque, and at some time its west
wall—the traditional place of entrance (in order to look east when facing the altar)—
was bricked up, so you enter Osios David from the south. No matter; this entirely
suits the church's rather battered magic. You can still see the radiantly beautiful
mosaic in the dome of the apse, which shows a rare beardless Jesus, as he seems
to have been described in the vision of Ezekiel.

Museums
Archaeological Museum of
Thessaloniki
6 Manoli Andronikou Street
Tel: (+30) 2310 830538
Email: info.amth@culture.gr
Website: AMTH

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Atatürk Museum
75 Apostolou Pavlou St.
Tel: (+30) 2310 248452

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Museum of Byzantine Culture
2 Stratou Avenue
Tel:. (+30) 2313 306400
Email: mbp@culture.gr
Website: MBP

Cinema Museum
Warehouse A, Pier A
Tel: (+30) 2310 508398
Website: Cinemuseum

FOLKLIFE AND ETHNOLOGICAL
MUSEUM OF MACEDONIA-THRACE
68 Vas. Olgas Street
Tel: (+30) 2310 830591, (+30) 2310
889840,
(+30) 2310 889855
Email: lemm-th@otenet.gr
Website : LEMMTH

Goulandris Natural History Museum
of Thessaloniki (EKBY)
14th km Thessaloniki-Mihaniona, 570 01
Thermi,
Tel: (+30) 2310 476262, (+30) 2310
473320
Email: ekby@ekby.gr
Website: EKBY

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
13 Agiou Mina Street
Tel: (+30) 2310 250406-7
Email: jctmuseo@otenet.gr
Website: JMTH

Macedonian Museum of
Contemporary Art
Egnatia 154 (on the grounds of
Thessaloniki International Fair)
Τel: (+30) 2310 240002, (+30) 2310
281212
Email: mmcart@mmca.org.gr
Website :MMCA

Museum for the Macedonian
Struggle
23 Proxenou Koromila
Tel: (+30) 2310 229778
E-mail: mma@the.forthnet.gr
Website : IMMA

TELOGLION Foundation of Art
159A Agiou Dimitriou
Tel: (+30) 2310 991610
Email: teloglion@teloglion.gr,
teloglion@auth.gr
Website : Teloglion

Thessaloniki History Center
Billis Building, Hippodromiou Square
Tel: (+30) 2310 264668

Thessaloniki Olympic Museum
Agiou Dimitriou & 3rd September
Tel: (+30) 2310 968531-2
Email: pr@olympicmuseum.org.gr
Website: Olympic museum

Science Center and Technology
Museum "NOESIS"
6Th Km. Thessaloniki - Thermi Road
Tel: (+30) 2310 483000
Website: Noesis

War Museum Thessaloniki
4 Grigoriou Lampraki
Tel: (+30) 2310 249803
Email: parthessal@warmuseum.gr
Website: War museum

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Insectopia
Nea Monastiriou 119
Tel: (+30) 69 4020 9092
Email: info@insectopia.gr
Website: Insectopia

State Museum of Contemporary Art
21 Kolokotroni Street
Tel:(+30) 2310 589140
Email: info@greekstatemuseum.com
Web: Greek state museum

Nightlife – Thessaloniki comes alive at night!
Thessaloniki is famous for its outgoing people, the always relaxed attitude that you
feel "in the air" of the city, delicious tastes and mixture of local cuisines and last but
not least, everyone talks about the city's nightlife.
The city offers you countless options that can satisfy every style of nightlife you
prefer. It has a plethora of bars close to the water front with different musical
styles, designs and decoration.
In Ladadika and in the Valoritou and Syggrou Streets you will find rock and
alternative bars that are always full of people having fun time and drinking a beer.
Ladadika is the area from Koudouriotou to Diamanti
streets and from Hiou to Lemnou streets, and it is what
remains of the Jewish part of the city. It is characterized
by its beautiful surroundings that help you get a feel of
Thessaloniki before the great fire of 1917. Currently you
can find many nice bars and restaurants there and you
can certainly feel why it has become one of the city’s
focal points in the nightlife of Thessaloniki. Nevertheless,
it is always a great area for eating traditional Greek foods
Image 5 - Ladadika

specially cooked with the influence of the immigrant
element that used to exist. There are a lot of nice restaurants in this area that went
from having a bad reputation to being one of the nicest places in the city.
In case you want to experience more elegant and stylish restaurants you could go
to the area of Krini, which is on the east coast of the city by the seaside.

Other places worth visiting
Locked/ The MindTrap
Locked and The MindTrap are live room escape games and a great experience for

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friends or family. The goal of the game is to escape from the locked room using
mind, logic and teamwork. Teams of up to five people need to solve numerous
puzzles and mysteries during 60 min to complete the main goal. These two escape
games are ranked as the best two activities in Thessaloniki on Trip Advisor, so be
sure not to miss them!
Waterland
Waterland is a waterpark located on the outskirts of Thessaloniki, on the road to
Chalkidiki. It was the first waterpark in Greece, in 1994, and is unique in Northern
Greece. It has lots of slides, big and small pools, water bikes, cafes and a souvenir
shop, and is appropriate for all ages.

Where to go near Thessaloniki?
Meteora
Meteora is one of the largest and significant complexes of Christian Orthodox
Monasteries in Greece. Meteora means
“suspended in the air” or “in the heavens
above” and it is comprised of 6 monasteries
built on natural sandstone rock pillars. It
used to have 30 active monasteries and it
has been included on the UNESCO World
Heritage List.
Monks started gathering in Meteora in the
11th century and 24 of the monasteries
were built in 15th century. Frescoes in
monasteries are reported to be post
Byzantine paintings.
Meteora is close to the small town of
Kalabaka and the rock, on which Meteora
stands, is considered to be 60 million years
old.
Meteora is only 220 km away from
Thessaloniki and is a great place for one day
trip.

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Image 6 - Meteora

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Vergina - City of Philip II and center of Greek Macedonia
Vergina is a village located in Central Macedonia, Greece, around 80 kilometers
away from Thessaloniki. It is famous because of the archaeological finds, including
tombs of Macedonian Kings, discovered by Professor Manolis
Andronikos. According to the claims of Andronikos and most
archeologists, the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the
Great, and the tomb of Alexander IV, who is the son of
Alexander the Great and Roxana, were found.
Vergina is the modern name of Aigai that was the capital of
the Kingdom of Macedonia. The tombs are protected by a set
of underground enclosures build in 1993 and a museum has
been constructed in order to display all the findings. On the
lid of the golden larnax (small closed coffin) of Philip II there
is the classic Greek Macedonian symbol of sun. Since 1996,
Image 7 - Golden larnax of Philip II

UNESCO has inducted the Archeological Site of Aigai in

the World Heritage List.
Mount Athos – Agion Oros
Mount Athos in Greece or "Agion Oros" (Holy Mountain) is the centre of Eastern
Christian Orthodox Monasticism, dedicated to prayer and worship. It is located in
the third, eastern peninsula of Chalkidiki or
Halkidiki.
Agion Oros forms a self-governed part of the
Greek state. It is subject to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in its political aspect,
spiritually and about the religious issues to
the
Ecumenical
Patriarchate
of
Constantinopole.
Agion Oros is divided into twenty selfgoverned territories. Each territory consists
of a cardinal monastery and other monastic
establishments that surround it.

Image 8 - Dionysiou monastery, Agion Oros

Though land-linked, Mount Athos is accessible by ferry boat either from the port of
Ouranoupoli, for those heading to west coast monasteries or from Ierrisos for the
east coast ones.

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The daily number of visitors entering Mount Athos is restricted and all are required
to obtain a special entrance permit valid for a limited period. The permit is called
adiamonētērion, a form of Byzantine visa that is written in Greek, dated using the
Julian calendar, and signed by four of the secretaries of leading monasteries.
There are generally two kinds of diamonētēria: the general diamonētērion that
enables the visitor to stay overnight at any one of the monasteries but only to stay
in the mountain for three days, and the special diamonētērion which allows a visitor
to visit only one monastery or skete but to stay as many days as he has agreed
with the monks. The general diamonētērion is available upon application to the
Pilgrims' Bureau in Thessaloniki. Once this has been granted it will be issued at the
port of departure, on the day of departure.
Once granted, the pilgrim can contact the monastery where he would like to stay in
order to reserve a bed (one night only per monastery). The ferries require
reservations, both ways.
The duration of the general visa can be extended by several days by personally
applying at the main office in Karyes.
Ask for more details about any of the aforementioned trips at our hotel’s reception.
Other places worth mentioning are:
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki)
Chalkidiki peninsula is surely the favorite summer destination of Thessaloniki’s
residents and people from nearby places. Many tourists from Balkan countries also
decide to spend their summer holidays here. The beaches of Chalkidiki are famous
because of their unique beauty and purity.
Chalkidiki peninsula is located roughly 20km south of Thessaloniki, and is
comprised of 3 smaller peninsulas – Kassandra, Sithonia and Agion Oros. Capital
and administrative center of Chalkidiki, Polygyros, is located in the center of the
peninsula.
There is a regular bus line from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki – KTEL’s bus line 45.

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Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus, home of the Gods of Greek mythology, is the highest and most
famous mountain in Greece. It is located around 80 km (50 miles) southwest from
Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, and the highest one – Mytikas,
meaning “nose”, is 2,919 meters high.
Olympus is also known for its deep gorges
and rich fauna.
In 1938, Mount Olympus was declared as
the first Green National park and a World’s
Biosphere reserve in 1981.
Mountaineering and hiking trails are
available to visitors, including both easier
and difficult routes. Every year, thousands
Image 9 - Mount Olympus' Peaks

of people visit Mount Olympus to admire its
nature and to engage in other alternative activities, like paragliding, cannoning,
rafting, climbing, mountain-biking, and jeep safari.

What to do if you lose your documents?

It’s always stressful to lose your passport, ID, money or other documents while
you’re on vacation. To ensure that you have the least amount of trouble when that
happens, be sure to do the following:


Make copies of your documents and bring them with you on your trip. You
can carry it anywhere with you, or leave it in the hotel room. Also, leave a
copy to your friend or a family member at home, so they can send it to you,
if necessary, via e-mail or fax.
Don’t carry all of your money in the same place. Place it in different bags and
pockets.
Have an address and a telephone number of your country’s embassy or
consulate in the country you’re staying at. To help you with that, hotel El
Greco has carefully created a list of consulates in Thessaloniki, which you can
find on the next page.

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List of Consulates in Thessaloniki
Country

Address

Telephone Number

Albania
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria

6 Odysseos St.
28 Archeologikou Mousiou St.
37 Mitropoleos St.
8 Dodecanissou St.
N. Manu Street N12,
E. Abbot Street N1
19, N. Kountouriotou Street
14 Victor Hugo Street
37, Leoforos Nikis, 1st Floor
57, Leoforos Nikis Ave.
26, Komninon Street
24, Aristotelous Street
Plateon 10
Industrial Park of Neochorouda
11th km Old National Road
Thessalonikis – Kilkis
27 rue Evzonon

(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)

2310
2310
2310
2310
2310

547
827
478
538
829

435
494
300
157
210

(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)

2310
2310
2310
2310
2310
2310
2310

256
548
260
222
284
260
511

350
203
611
376
065
707
191

(+30)
/ 031
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)
(+30)

2310 244 030

Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland

France
Germany
Greenland
Ireland
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Peru
Philippines

33, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue
26, Komninon Street
5, Aristotelous Square
13 Kountouriotou Street
Industrial Area of Thessaloniki,
Entrance B
26 Komninon St.
192, rue Monastiriou, 3rd floor
22 Dodekanissou Street

Serbia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Turkey

Komninon 4
51 Tsimiski Street
7, rue Aghiou Mina
Komninon 26
151 Aghiou Dimitriou Street

Ukraine
United States of
America
Uruguay

1, Il.Oplopiou Street
43 Tsimiski St, 7th Floor

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2310
2310
2310
2310
2310

251
284
465
550
568

120
065
177
271
752

(+30) 2310 284 065
(+30) 2310 566 737
(+30) 2310 556
161
(+30) 2310 244 265
(+30) 2310 489 386
(+30) 2310 515 391
(+30) 2310 284 065
(+30) 2310 965
070/071/072/073
(+30) 2310 500 045
(+30) 2310 242
905/906/907
(+30) 2310 346 058

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Following images used in this document are not a property of Hotel El Greco and they’re
licensed as follows:







Cover image - Thessaloniki White Tower and promanade by Zweifüssler is licensed
under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Image 1 – Rotunda of Galerius by George M. Groutas is licensed under Creative
Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Image 3 - Aristotelous Square - Aristotle statue by Paul Pela is licensed under
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Image 4 – Stdemetriusthess is licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal
Public Domain Dedication
Image 6 - Holy Monastery of Rousanou by Dennis Jarvis is licensed under Creative
Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
Image 7 - Philip II larnax vergina Greece by Sarrah Murray is licensed under Creative
Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
Image 8 - 07Athos St Dionysius01 by Fingalo is licensed under Creative Commons
Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany
Image 9 - Skourta by Cristo Vlahos

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