Thessaloniki Waterfront Tour (Self Guided), Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The waterfront offers magnificent views of the sea 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 Waterfront Tour Map

Guide Name: Thessaloniki Waterfront Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Thessaloniki Port
  • Museum of Photography
  • Museum of Cinematography
  • Aristotelous Square
  • Nikis Avenue (Victory Avenue)
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Statue of Alexander the Great
  • Umbrellas Sculpture
  • Nea Paralia (New Beach)
Thessaloniki Port

1) Thessaloniki Port

The Port of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λιμάνι της Θεσσαλονίκης) is one of the largest seaports in the Eastern Mediterranean. It is considered the gateway Port to the Balkans and South East Europe, located in Northern Greece close to the major Trans-European motorway and railway networks with direct access to the Southeastern European countries.

The Port of Thessaloniki has one of the largest passenger terminals in the Aegean Sea basin. The building of the passenger terminal, previously the customs house, was constructed in the last three years of the Ottoman period (1909-1912) by the local Jewish architect Eli Modiano, based on designs by the Franco-Levantine architect Alexander Vallaury.

Thessaloniki's 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Photography

2) Museum of Photography

The Museum of Photography is located in a former warehouse in Thessaloniki's port area. Here, you can see a large collection of Greek photography. There are photos from the past and from the modern period. In addition to the permanent collections, there are also many temporary exhibitions. After walking through the museum, you can visit a nice coffee shop with an amazing view of the waterfront.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm; Friday: 11 am - 10 pm.
Museum of Cinematography

3) Museum of Cinematography

The Museum of Cinematography in Thessaloniki was established in 1997 and is housed in a historic building. The museum's aim is to preserve the artifacts of Greek Cinematography. Here you can see old film-making equipment and accessories, cameras, documentary films, theme magazines, and other artifacts recounting the history and the development of the national cinematography.

Operation hours: Monday - Tuesday: 9 am- 3 pm; Wednesday: 9 am- 7 pm.
Aristotelous Square

4) 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
Nikis Avenue (Victory Avenue)

5) Nikis Avenue (Victory Avenue)

Nikis Avenue ( Leofóros Níkis, trans. "Victory Avenue") is the central waterfront avenue in Thessaloniki. The three line eastward avenue stretches from Eleftherias Square in the west, in front of Aristotelous Square to the White Tower in the east, where it meets with Alexander the Great Avenue.

Leoforos Nikis is the busiest, most famous, most photographed and most painted street in Thessaloniki and has the highest residential property value in the city, and among the highest residential and commercial property values in Southeastern Europe.Nikis Avenue is also very important commercially, as it is lined with numerous cafés, restaurants and businesses and is frequented by thousands of tourists and locals every day. The consulates of Switzerland , Spain, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and the Philippines are located along the avenue.

There are many bars and clubs concentrated along Nikis Avenue. All of them offer nice views of the waterfront, the sunset, and the mountains while you enjoy your drinks. This is one of the best nightspots in Thessaloniki. The clubs here remain open until early morning hours.
Sight description based on wikipedia
White Tower of Thessaloniki

6) 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
Statue of Alexander the Great

7) 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

8) 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.
Nea Paralia (New Beach)

9) Nea Paralia (New Beach)

This large pedestrian waterfront in the eastern urban district represents one of the best public projects in Greece in the past twenty years.It has become one of the most popular locations for a stroll in all of Thessaloniki. The promenade also offers bike and boat rentals along its flanks, as well as a number of delicious restaurants and lively bars.

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 Upper Town Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Upper Town (Ano Poli) 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: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles