"The Balkan capital of Greece!" Top 5 Page for this destination Thessaloniki by Yiannis2000

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Thessaloniki is one of the oldest cities in Europe! It is the city I have worked and lived the last seven years, when I returned from Norway.
Thess@ became part of modern Greece just 90 years ago. At that time Greeks were a minority in a town with tens of thousands Jews, Armenians, Slavs, Bulgarians and Turks, to mention just the major groups. Unfortunately few traces of its multicultural past remain to be enjoyed by the modern visitor, great fires devastated the- mainly jewish- center of town in 1917.
But Thess@ is a modern city as well! Walk in the center and choose one of hundreds Cafes, bars, clubs, tavernas or restaurants, they are always crowded- the 70.000+ students in town help to that. Over 7.000 people work in the above mentioned places. Several of my foreign friends have just stopped over at the main railway station and complained the city seemed dull to them. They should have spent a bit more time wandering around!


Thess@ used to be the most important center in the southern Balkans for centuries and remains an important trade and travel humb. It's a town more than 2300 years old, with some few ancient ruins and lots of bysantine churches . After the wars in ex-Yugoslavia Thess@ is the base of the European Union's Balkan reconstruction agency. The atmosphere of history and the variety of the peoples that have shaped this area is still to be felt... Just visit the old walls above the centre and you will notice...

Jerusalem of the Balkans...

Thessaloniki was the centre of a thriving jewish community for many centuries. Few remain after IIWW, but there is an important museum in the heart of the city, the old jewish center, exhibiting their important contributions to the city and their dramatic history.

Thessas suburbs maintain a strong oriental flavour as the people there came as refugees from Asia Minor, two generations ago; they are also the place where the oriental Pontic Greek language is still spoken by hundreds of thousands of people; a significant proportion of younger Pontians also command Pontic fairly well (with strong influences by Modern Greek).
Recommended reading: "Twice a stranger: the mass explulsions that forged Greece and Turkey" by B. Clark

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cosy atmosphere, proximity to the sea, excellent mix of Balkan and Anatolian People.
  • Cons:Chaotic parking & driving conditions, corrupt local government...
  • In a nutshell:The best 12-lettered city of Greek Macedonia!
  • Last visit to Thessaloniki: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • George_Arba's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    Interesting Thessaloniki page! I'm going to visit the old town in few days, I hope I'll enjoy it!

  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Great page, wich remins me to make my own salonika page... lazy.. but the resturants & coffe shops, bring memories of plesent lunch with friends, after hard day shopping. Valentina

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Thank you for your nice comment. In this year, however, I can not enjoy the greek hospitality.( No taxi driver please!) My family flies to Santorini ........ unfortunately without me! Best. L.

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    Sep 12, 2008 at 4:28 AM

    My best friend lives in Thessaloniki and has invited me so many times. She lived in South Africa for many years, and has gone back there. I will be visiting her soon. Beautiful Pages.

  • onurozel's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    Well done Yiannis..! Efcharisto poly!! for these great Thess@ pageS! will be waiting for some updates..

  • Jan 31, 2008 at 7:29 AM

    Lovely thessaloniki page and picture!

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Thank You, Yianinis for your very helpful information and personal advice. We are eager to visit Thasso. We are sending you an email asking for more information! Jack and Liz in Kansas, USA

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Hello Yiannis. Very nice page here with good info and personal insights. I very much enjoyd reading your tips & my ratings are with you! Greetings from the desert / Jess in Dubai :-)

  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2007 at 2:34 AM

    Great page and tips, I have yet to plan a visit to Greece.

  • basarir's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 12:18 PM

    i loved your picture "refugies pont de Salonique". It seems they are the refugies from Aydin with their traditional clothes.

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