Sitting on the northern fringe of the Thermaic Gulf in the north of Greece, compare holidays to Thessaloniki and prepare to visit this beautiful country’s second city. Whether you’re going for the history, the culture or the scenery, don’t miss our fantastic selection of Manchester to Thessaloniki holidays.
Explore the capital of the Central Macedonia region with our holidays to Thessaloniki. As part of mainland Greece, you’ll be visiting the second biggest city in the country with holidays to Thessaloniki from Manchester.
Thessaloniki’s location means that it’s been an important strategic hub for thousands of years. With its background as a thriving port, you can discover the heritage of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires while you’re in town.
Unfortunately, the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917 destroyed large parts of the city, and most of the old centre. The city was rebuilt in the years that followed, which gives Thessaloniki quite a modern European feel. The northernmost Byzantine city walls and the White Tower are among the surviving structures you can still see to this day, the latter a 16th century fortified tower which overlooks the seafront.
For a relaxing afternoon exploring the seafront, take a stroll along the 12 kilometre promenade, stopping for a coffee or bite to eat and visiting incredible sites like the excavations of the ancient Roman Forum. Or if you’re in the upper part of town, wander the tight cobbled streets among traditional old houses as you explore the Byzantine citadel.
If you want to explore Thessaloniki’s rich history, pay a visit to museums like the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum and Museum of Byzantine Culture. Or spend some time viewing the exhibits at the State Museum of Contemporary Art or Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. From the Municipal Gallery of Art to the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum, there’s lots to keep you busy.
When you’re ready for some action, take to the waters of the Thermaic Gulf and go on a sailing trip or try your hand at yachting. Or stick to the city and sample the vibrant culture of the bars, restaurants and cafes as you enjoy your holiday to Thessaloniki from Manchester Airport.