Discover Ladadika!

You will definitely love this part of the city! It is full of cozy bars, well decorated cafe's and pubs that will impress most beer enthusiasts!

Roman Forum (Roman Agora)

The Heart of the ancient city! The forum (agora) was the center of the political, financial and social life of the Greek - Roman Thessaloniki.

Ano Poli (Upper Town)

Traditional cafe, little taverns and beautiful architecture under the city's Byzantine Walls. Discover the only part of the city that survived the fire of 1917!

Wonderful Chalkidiki!

Hundreds of places some of which can be considered hidden paradises are spread all over the peninsula offering crystal clear sea and wonderful natural beauties.

Thessaloniki by Night

When it comes to nightlife and entertainment Thessaloniki offers countless options. Cafe, bars, taverns and restaurants, pubs, clubs and live scenes along with many unique events!

Thessaloniki City Guide application for android

Thessaloniki City Guide application for android

The time has come!

The android application designed by team is now available on Google Play and of course, its totally free!

We created a city guide that will help you explore this magic city and discover everything that has to offer. It offers travel tips and info, sightseeing, nightlife, easy-to-use maps and interface that will make your trip more pleasant and unforgettable.

Our goal is to greatly enrich your travel experience and help you feel the vibes of Thessaloniki. The reasons that this city is unique in so many aspects.

By downloading Thessaloniki City Guide from Google Play Store you'll have the chance to enjoy:

  • Hundreds of destinations and sightseeing's with photos and information                                             
  • Detailed, easy-to-use maps of the city of Thessaloniki with hundreds of points of interest all around (Poi's).                                                                   
  • Lists that include your favorite spots and destinations                                                               
  • Guided Tours and unique Adventures in Thessaloniki and nearby destinations     


  • Services and accommodation offers that will make your life easier

Many updates will follow on a regular basis. 

New content, improved interface, new destinations, ...and a 3D enhanced reality version that will surprise you, are some of the new features that will follow... ;)

Best wishes from all of us! Keep traveling team

Thessaloniki, New York Times...and food!!

One of the 52 destinations proposed for several different reasons by the New York Times is... Thessaloniki!!
The main reason for this?... Food! 

To be honest, we couldn't agree more!

So, what is it that makes Thessaloniki so special when it comes to food? And most importantly why the NY Times chose this city among so many other Greek destinations?

The answer is ... everything!

Like in several other cities, food in Thessaloniki is great...
But in this city, food as a part of the city's soul, something is different than the rest of Greece...       

The food culture in Thessaloniki is the result of a unique mix of Balkan influences and flavors along with a very distinctive Eastern (mostly Ottoman) legacy and scents.

The Greek dishes you may be looking for (of course), are also available everywhere but the soul of the city's culinary identity can be found in spices, salads, pies and traditional meat recipes that the refugees brought with... 

In other words, delicious!!

What to eat in Thessaloniki?

Whether you are interested on exploring the traditional Greek dishes and specialties (salads, musaka, pastitsio, patsas, souvlaki, fish or meat dishes) or Eastern, more "exotic" recipes, you will be satisfied.

The cherry on the cake? Prices are good. In fact they are very good compared to the European standards! You'll have the chance to try the beloved for the Greeks Gyros (pork or chicken) for 3 euros, the traditional Mpougatsa for 2,5 euros and koulouri (kind like a bagel with sesame) for 1 euro.

Pizza and calzone for 1 or 2 euros are also easy to find in many places all over the center! Some of these food spots are easier to find because of the college students all around them (like Kamara and Rotonda). 12 to 17 euros per person will also be enough for the majority of the restaurants in the city center.

Countless food options

Is this all? Well...not exactly! What will really surprise you is the variety of the food options available! The one characteristic every food lover will appreciate and pay tribute to!! Gourmet destinations, countless street and fast food options and the traditional Greek taverns will leave you with a smile.

A less gourmet yet very popular food destination is the Greek taverns. Although some of them especially in the city center are considered tourist traps, the whole atmosphere (cheerful and loud) along with some extra wine will help you feel the mood!

After your meal, take your time and enjoy your coffee in one of the hundreds cafe and bars available all around. You'll soon understand why the coffee culture in this city is considered such a big deal.

Discover as many flavors as possible, (you have a lot of work to do!) try to become a part of the city's coffee culture and feel the truly special rhythm of Thessaloniki!

Guided Tours and Daily Adventures in Thessaloniki and Nearby Destinations

Guided Tours and Daily Adventures in Thessaloniki Greece and Nearby Destinations

Thessaloniki is a great destination especially if you are interested in history, food, shopping or nightlife!

Of course, discovering the city yourselves is something that many travellers enjoy the most as every single destination is unique in many aspects.

On the other hand a guided tour will offer you a unparallel insight on the city's rich history! Thessaloniki is a city that is meant to be walked, with small treasures in every step.

Booking a 4hr or even better an 8hr guided tour will make you understand the reason so many people love this city! The main museums, the wonderful temples and other sights will surely surprise you.

If you are interested in learning something more or experiencing something less mainstream yet unforgettable, a Guided Tour or a Daily Activity outside the city center is the ideal way to do it!

Wine Routes, Olympus and... a flight over Mount Athos!

If you belong to this very special category of people that actually travel to taste and experience new wines, the wine routes of Macedonia will be the holy grail to your quest.

Greek wines are well known for their flavor and quality. The wider area of Thessaloniki and the breathtaking peninsula of Haldiki offer some of the best wines in Greece.

Like many other destinations they have kept the art of wine making as a family tradition from generation to generation.

If you are interested in something more demanding and adventurous don't miss the chance to explore the world's most well-known mountain, the home of the Gods, Olympus!

Gorgeous canyons and popular trails await you in a mountain full of breathtaking landscapes! The gorges of Ennipeas and Orlias offer a wide range of activities for every taste.
You will find yourselves diving in small pools, crossing large canyons and enjoying some really impressive views.

We kept the best for the end...

The historic Mount Athos is Greece's oldest and most important monastic center. The access there is possible only by sea, but its the view from above that will blow your mind!

A ride with a helicopter over Mount Athos on a sunny day is something that is not easy to express with words! Unique landscapes and untouched crystal clear water and beaches.

Centuries old monasteries and forgotten Byzantine fortifications await you...

If you wish to discover more about Thessaloniki, Greece click here:


You can also: 

Rent a car, manage your hotel or airport transfer or even book a cheap flight through our city guide.

Enjoy, and welcome InThessaloniki!!

The Historic Jewish Community of Thessaloniki

The Historic Jewish Community of Thessaloniki

One of the many minorities that played a key role during many periods of the city’s history is the one of the Jews of Thessaloniki! The Jewish presence in Thessaloniki is an issue of historic importance that hasn’t been extensively clarified yet. Several researchers actually claim that Jewish presence in the area can be found even during the city’s foundation in (315 BC), while others believe that the initial settlement began in 140 BC coming from Alexandria. 

Centuries later in AD 10 Flavious Joseph is talking about them while in there is a clear reference about them one of Herod’s letters to Caligula.The Acts of Apostles also witness an existing, organized Jewish Community in the city of Thessaloniki. It informs us about Paul’s visit in 50 AD and his teachings in the Synagogue! In the centuries that followed “Romaniotes” who were Jews that had their names Hellenized and spoke Greek, was an active community with centuries old continuous existence. 

Many reports and witnesses can be found about them in Thessaloniki throughout Byzantine and Roman periods. 

The arrival of Sepharadim

In the mid14th European Century many more Jews from European countries, Italy and Sicily arrived at Thessaloniki.

The most important settlement was the one emerged after the exile of Sepharadim Jews from Spain under the rule of the Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella and the threat of the Inquisition. More than 20 000 people left Spain and settled in Thessaloniki, which became their new home. In the years that followed more Jews arrived from European countries and Africa.

Thessaloniki which was almost deserted after the Turkish conquest was partially becoming a living city again! The area occupied was ranging from Via Egnatia to the waterfront promenade of the city and from Vardari Square to Diagonios Street.

After decades, the Jewish minority was (demographically) dominant while it managed to turn Thessaloniki into a vibrant commercial and financial center in the Ottoman Empire. Thessaloniki’s fame spread all over Europe and Africa. Eventually, the city gained the honorary title of “Mother of Israel”!

The situation changed dramatically during the 17th century. The new trade routes established transformed the commercial map of the world. In addition, Thessaloniki suffered catastrophic fires and epidemics that affected everyday life and all kinds of activity.

Perhaps one of the most important events of that period was the case of Sabetai Sevi (a self-proclaimed Messiah) and the reactions that caused to the Ottoman authorities. His conversion to Islam in order to avoid execution was followed by 300 families. It was a powerful shock for the community that was seen as a “mass apostasy”.

By entering the 19th century the city is changing! The Ottoman authorities made some efforts in order to modernize several public buildings and improve the infrastructure. This led to the modernization of the port, the establishment of new railway connections and the introduction of electricity.

The Alliance Israelite Universelle Schools were offering European quality education, while the Jewish newspaper “El Lunar” is published in 1864 for the first time in Thessaloniki! The Italian – Jewish Allatini family is also a pioneer in local industrial development.

Having a strong financial, commercial and social presence in the city, the Jewish community managed to create a unique welfare system that included and sustain many important institutions!  (Orphanages like Allatini and Mair Aboave, the Baroness de Hirsch Hospital, Mental Asylum, Saoul Modiano Old People's Home, Bikour Holim Health Organization are only some examples of related activities.)

After the revolution in 1908 and the political instability that followed, organizations like the socialist “Federation” and some of the first Zionist groups were created (Groups like Bene Sion, Kadima Macabbe, Misrahi and more).

After Thessaloniki’s liberation in 1912 King George I and the Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos promised the leaders of the Jewish Community that the Greek administration would respect their rights and that they would be fully equal in the eyes of the law.

Unfortunately, in 1917 a major disaster hit Thessaloniki and its people! A terrible fire destroyed a huge part of the city’s historic center! The community suffered a great loss as more than 50.000 were left homeless and the majority of the synagogues and institutions were destroyed!

The effects of the “Great Fire” dramatically increased immigration along with other incidents like the destruction of Campbell neighborhood. The majority of those who left returned to Israel. Despite that, the community still had more than 50.000 members! The neighboring Christian and Jewish communities lived peacefully side by side.

The Second World War and the Holocaust

During the Second World War many Jews joined the armed forces and fought against the Axis. They suffered great losses like the rest of the Greek population. When the Nazi forces entered Thessaloniki, it was the beginning of the end, since nobody could imagine the events that would follow…..

At first the Nazi conquerors implied anti-Jewish measures that wouldn’t allow their presence in many public places and buildings. Then, they destroyed the Jewish libraries and took over all the institutions while the members of the community council were imprisoned…

All male Jews of age 18 to 45 witnessed incredible humiliation in Eleftherias Square (Freedom Square) in April 9 1942, after they were gathered there by force. They were then sent to labor camps. A huge amount of ransom was paid by the rest of the community in order for them to be free again.

In February 1943 all Jews were forced to wear the characteristic yellow star while the Nazi’s forced them to gather into specific areas known as ghettos. Any kind of public and social activity, along with any kind of profession as well was now forbidden for them.

The final chapter of the tragedy took place in March 15 1943 when the first trains left for Auschwitz and Birkenau, the notorious death camps. They were transported in terrible conditions while less than 4% of them managed to return home… Those who managed to escape joined the resistance or were hidden by friends or neighbors.

Those who returned started a new life after Thessaloniki was once again free in October 1944. Although they had lost everything, they started from the beginning thus showing one more time their hard work and strong character…
Today, the historic Jewish community despite all the terrible events that suffered is once again a living, vibrant community!

If you are interested in experiencing a unique guided tour that will reveal every aspect of the Jewish present in Thessaloniki click here:

Thessaloniki Jewish Tour (Guided Tour)

5 Health Lessons We Can Learn From The Ancient Greeks By Maria Benardis

5 Health Lessons We Can Learn From The Ancient GreeksBy Maria Benardis

The word "diet" comes from the ancient Greek “diaita,” which means "the way of life." In Ancient Greece, a diet was about good health, not radical weight loss or getting into a certain outfit.
My book, Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health, empowers people with the tools of how to cook intuitively using healing ingredients that harmonize your body and mind. 

Cooking and eating will become a time to celebrate, a time to deeply connect with yourself, a time to awaken to new experiences and to heal. I encourage people to explore and rediscover how to use nature for personal healing instead of solely relying on medicine.

Below are five health tips culled from the wisdom of the ancient Greeks:

1. Adopt a Mediterranean diet.
As was inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi, “Nothing in excess." The Mediterranean diet is based on eating everything in moderation and to “let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food,” as Hippocrates said. The Mediterranean diet is high in fruit and vegetables, legumes, unrefined cereals, dairy products (mainly cheese, such as goat’s and sheep’s cheeses, and yogurt), and olive oil is the principal oil. 

Fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate quantities, and meat is eaten only occasionally. This diet focuses on a high healthy fat intake (olive oil, nuts and seeds) and a low intake of unhealthy fats (animal fats). Their intake of high energy food such as fruit and vegetables is greater than the intake of low energy foods such as meat, fish and poultry. Honey and grape must are the key sweeteners, and are preferred to white sugar.

2. Cook with wholesome ingredients.
Use ingredients that come from a place of “agapi” (Greek word for unconditional love). For me, this means local, certified organic and sustainable produce that's in season. Use good oils for your dishes. Some good sources of oils include extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil. Avoid restaurants that use vegetable oils, canola oil/corn oil/cotton seed oil (these are usually genetically modified), peanut oil, hydrogenated oil and palm oil.

Opt not to use ingredients riddled with chemicals and pesticides, or GMOs. The kind of energy emitted by chemicals and pesticides diminishes our spiritual energy and our ability to connect with ourselves. Chemicals, GMOs and pesticides alter the harmonious balance of the food and when consumed alter our inner balance and make us ill, both physically and emotionally.

You should also consume probiotic foods such as Greek yogurt and fermented vegetables to ensure good gut health; they're called “probiotic” because they are “for life.”

3. Adopt healthy and happy thoughts. 
Those who approached the Oracle at Delphi were encouraged to have “good thoughts”. An excess of unhappy thoughts can cause an imbalance in the body and lead to many illnesses. Inner balance and agapi cannot coexist with worry, stress, anger, frustration, fear, anxiety and competitiveness. These feelings or experiences do not create good feelings or good energy when cooking, eating or for our health. 

Ultimately, we are responsible for our health and well-being, so it's important to substitute fear with faith.

4. Moderate exercise.
According to Hippocrates, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Incorporate at least half an hour exercise each day for good health and vitality. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress and to lower blood pressure.

5. Eat with peace and calm.
Another important eating practice for good health and longevity is to eat with peace, calm and joy. It is important not to rush meal times. In Greece, people leave their work for lunch to go home and to enjoy the meal with their families and friends. When we rush our eating time it interrupts the harmony, the flow of energy and the time needed to enjoy a meal that in the end will nourish and heal our body and soul.

To ensure a long, healthy life we all need to eat mindfully and to become aware of the food w eat. We also need to take note of how the food we are eating affects the way we feel. Eat for the purpose of nourishing, and eat clean ingredients free of chemicals and pesticides — just like they did in ancient Greece. 

Do things in life that make you happy to ensure a healthy, happy mind and thoughts; and, of course, get some moderate exercise daily.


Maria Benardis is a Gourmand Award winning author, health coach, teacher, chef and Founder of Greekalicious []

Maria published her first book titled “My Greek Family Table” (Penguin), which won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book in Australia 2009 and this was followed by her ebook, “A Greekalicious Feast”. She also recently published her new book “Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health” (Balboa Press) – How the Wisdom of Ancient Greece can lead to a longer Life.

Maria is a slow food advocate and regularly appears on radio, television and the print media to enthusiastically share the Greek heritage, its food and healing wisdoms that create vibrant health, and a balanced and peaceful life. She recently moved to New York City from Sydney, Australia to teach Greek cookery and the ancient Greek wisdoms at the Natural Gourmet Institute.

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Beer Festival 2014 - Ladadika, Thessaloniki

Beer Street Festival 2014 - Ladadika

Thessaloniki, Aigyptou St 

An open invitation to every Beer Lover in Thessaloniki
The Beer Festival begins at June 12, 2014 in one of the most popular and beloved, full of music areas of the city...Ladadika

The party will last for three days, until June 15 (Sunday morning). Many radio Dj's from several radio stations will be playing music while there will also be Tv screens for all those who wish to enjoy their beers along with the world cup in Brazil!  

All the bars and clubs in Aigyptou St will offer beers at 2,5 euros!
So if you have plans on visiting Thessaloniki one of these days be sure to check this beer loving event!

*Looking forward for the 2015 Aigyptou Beer Festival!! Stay Tuned!!*

Halkidiki and the peninsula of Sithonia

Halkidiki is a peninsula in northern Greece with three legs, looks like Poseidon's trident as it comes out of sea , with the beautiful Kassandra, the wild Sithonia and the mystical Mount Athos.

Sithonia is the middle peninsula, a place that encourages visitors to explore, to feel, and to find a sense of unique and untamed nature, to tour the wonderful scenery on a peninsula rich in variety and customs, where tradition meets the modern world.

Sithonia has to offer you wide variety of attractions, both in beachfront and in in mainland, where the mountains, pine and fir, come to meet the unique beaches with golden sands and turquoise waters, combine so harmoniously revealing the beautiful natural treasures. has been created to provide you with all the information you will need if you decide to visit the magnificent peninsula of Sithonia.
On our pages you can find hotels and apartments for your accommodation, information on attractions and points of interest, and many tips to discover the hidden beauties of the middle leg of Halkidiki. We waiting of you this summer.