Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour (Self Guided), Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline offers magnificent views of the waters and of the distant Olympus mountains. While walking here you will see historic monuments, beautiful parks with fountains, many cafes, churches, and other interesting sights. This self-guided tour offers a pleasant walk along the coast of Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Thessaloniki Harbor and Port
  • Aristotelous Square
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Chanth Park
  • Statue of Alexander the Great
  • Umbrellas Sculpture
  • St. Cyril and Methodius Church
Thessaloniki Harbor and Port

1) Thessaloniki Harbor and Port

Thessaloniki's Harbor and Port offer many attractions, including several cafes and bars in the area with splendid views of the sea and Mount Olympus. The Museum of Photography is also nearby. The port has a large passenger terminal, through which many tourists arrive in the city. A warehouse near the harbor is the site of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Aristotelous Square

2) Aristotelous Square (must see)

Aristotelous Square is the main city square of Thessaloniki and is located in the city center. It was designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1918, but most of the square was built in the 1950s.

Many buildings surrounding the central square have since been renovated and its northern parts were largely restored in the 2000s.

Aristotelous Square is one of the most famous places in all of Greece and almost synonymous with the city of Thessaloniki itself.

Numerous large rallies and political speeches have been organized in Aristotelous Square, such as the rally for Macedonia in 1992. Additionally the square is used for many cultural events, such as festivals and the annual Christmas and carnival celebrations. The numerous cafes and bars that line up the square make it popular with the younger generations.

The two quarter-circle sides of the square are occupied by important buildings. On the left is Electra Palace Hotel, which is one of the best five-star hotels in Thessaloniki and on the right is one of the city's most famous movie theaters, the Olympion Theatre cinema, site of the annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival. It also houses a very popular bar of the same name.

The twelve buildings that make up Aristotelous Square have been listed buildings of the Hellenic Republic since 1950.
Sight description based on wikipedia
White Tower of Thessaloniki

3) White Tower of Thessaloniki (must see)

The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki and a symbol of Greek sovereignty over Macedonia. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification which was mentioned around the 12th century and reconstructed by the Ottomans to fortify the city's harbour, it became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule. It was substantially remodeled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city.

The White Tower takes the form of a cylindrical drum 23 m (75 ft) in diameter with a height of 27 m (89 ft) above ground level, on top of which is a turret 12 m (39 ft) in diameter and 6 m (20 ft) high.

The tower has been altered substantially over the years. Early illustrations show that it was originally covered by a conical roof, like similar towers in the Yedikule Fortress and Rumelihisarı fortress in Istanbul.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chanth Park

4) Chanth Park

Chanth Park is a small park set close to the shore. Among its main attractions are the fountains with beautiful sculptures, one of which is that of a nude female. Surrounded by flowers, the fountains are illuminated and look particularly impressive at night. There is also an open-air theater and some monuments.
Statue of Alexander the Great

5) Statue of Alexander the Great

The statue of Alexander the Great stands majestically on the waterfront of Thessaloniki. Alexander was the king of Macedonia who conquered much of the known world in the fourth century BC. He still lives today in the hearts of Greeks, and is probably the most famous Greek ever born. His conquests spread Greek civilization eastward as far as India.
Umbrellas Sculpture

6) Umbrellas Sculpture

The Umbrellas Sculpture stands near the Makedonia Palace Hotel and delights the many tourists passing by. Adding to its beauty during the day are the sky and the sea colors reflected by the umbrellas, whilst at night they are illuminated and appear just as gorgeous. The sculpture was set in 1997 when Thessaloniki was the cultural capital of Europe.
St. Cyril and Methodius Church

7) St. Cyril and Methodius Church

St Cyril and Methodius Church is an orthodox church dedicated to these two saints. Cyril and Methodius were two Greek brothers, born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century, who became missionaries for Christianity among the Slavic peoples. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the title "Apostles to the Slavs." Both brothers are venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as saints "Equals to the Apostles." A monument to the two brothers stands in front of the church.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Thessaloniki, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Creating your own self-guided walk in Thessaloniki is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki exhibits both old and new art. Here you may find displayed ancient art from Byzantine period coexisting with contemporary arts presented for sale at numerous shops and galleries around the city. Follow this tour and explore the art treasures of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is famous for its heavenly delicious pastries. It is impossible to leave the city without visiting its bakeries, whose scents are simply too hard to resist. Some of these bakeries are legendary and the locals buy their stuff by the kilogram. Take our tour to taste the unforgettable, mouth-watering delights lovingly baked in Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Upper Town Thessaloniki is the most ancient part of the city that is approximately 2300 years old. Here you may see the ancient Byzantine wall with its towers, ancient religious sites with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, and other remnants of the city's great civilization. Take this tour to have a closer look of what's left.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki is an old city with a rich Christian history. Some of the twelve apostles visited the city and wrote epistles to its people, which entered the cannon of New Testament. There are many great ancient churches here, but of special interest are the beautiful smaller ones. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most splendid churches of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki boasts a wealth of historic landmarks revealing eventful past of this ancient city. Among them the most notable are the Palace of Galerius and its Rotunda, the White Tower, plus a number of churches listed as the world heritage sights. Follow this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki's many museums give a complete picture of the city's rich culture and history. The most worthwhile museums are located in the area of Tsimiski Street. Here you can see prehistoric relics and treasures from the ancient Macedonian and medieval Byzantine eras in these museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the museums that will reveal the antiquity of this land.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles