Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki

Discover the wonders of continental Greece with this direct flight from Bordeaux

5 good reasons to go

Modiano-Kapani market
Modiano-Kapani market
As you stroll through this market, you will see evidence of the city’s historical link and geographical proximity to the Balkan and even Eastern countries. This covered market is filled with spicy fragrances and stalls selling fresh produce from all over the region which stretches from Albania to Turkey.
Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus, the home of the gods
This is not the easiest mountain to climb and its ascent is reserved for experienced mountaineers. Culminating at 2,918m, it is the highest point in Greece and is snow-capped all year round. Zeus is not too often disturbed by tourists, so to speak! The surrounding national park and the ancient ruins of Dion are much easier to explore.
The royal burial grounds of Vergina
The royal burial grounds of Vergina
The first capital of the former Macedonian kingdom was not discovered until the 19th century. It is a major site of Antiquity where 11 royal tombs were discovered, including that of King Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. The tombs, which had remained untouched, revealed a trove of rare objects and are an exceptional architectural and pictorial testimony to this period.
Chalkidiki
Explore Chalkidiki
This small region south of Thessaloniki is composed of three peninsulas stretching out into the Aegean Sea like three fingers. Kassandra is the most lively of them, with its hotels and discos, while Sithonia is more secluded and preserved. By travelling a short distance from the ports, you will discover delightful, unspoilt beaches.
The Holy Mountain of Athos
The Holy Mountain of Athos
Around twenty monasteries have been built on this sacred mountain reaching up to 2,030m and literally plunging into the sea. It is an autonomous republic that only allows ten foreign non-Orthodox male visitors per day, granted access for a short spiritual break. It is therefore better to opt for a boat trip around it.

To see / do

Culture and History

The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum

This museum exhibits the greatest archaeological finds discovered throughout Macedonia, which was an independent Hellenic kingdom from the 8th century BC until 146 BC, when it was conquered by the Romans. The museum preserves remarkable items such as the Derveni Krater, a large jar made of tin and copper weighing more than 40 kg and depicting the wedding of Ariadne and Dionysus, and the Treasure of Sindos with its many royal jewels.

Byzantine Churches

Fifteen or so early Christian and Byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage, testifying to their importance. With their remarkable architecture, spectacular mosaics and religious icons, each one has its own charm as well as its own opening hours! It is also worth noting that most of them were converted into mosques for nearly five centuries, which only increases their interest.

The Upper Town

Unlike the centre, which feels more like a modern city (with more than one million inhabitants), the Upper Town has retained its age-old charm as an authentic Balkan city. After ascending numerous steps, you will discover beautiful Ottoman houses surrounded by Mediterranean gardens, and picturesque streets where small cafes have opened.

The White Tower, symbol of the city

This fortification is closely linked to the city’s Byzantine history. Originally used as a prison and an execution site, its walls were later whitewashed with lime by the Turks to “cleanse” its reputation. This was also how it got its current name, although the bare stone can now be seen on the outer walls. Inside, there is a museum tracing this period of history while the top of the tower offers a panoramic viewpoint of the port.

Excursions

Thasos Island

Thasos Island

The northernmost Greek island was colonized very early on (680 BC), when Greek settlers found marble and gold there as well as an abundant supply of wood. As a result, the island is now the site of exceptional archaeological remains of temples, theatres, an agora, and an acropolis. It is a peaceful island that is perfect for a few days’ break between the sea and mountains.

Ladadika

This district near the port is almost the only one to have survived the great fire of 1917, despite the fact it was home to a large number of oil factories. Today, the brick warehouses have been restored and converted for the most part into bars and restaurants and it is now the ideal district to go to for a drink and dinner, especially since it has been fully pedestrianised.

Pella

Pella was the second capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia and was also where the famous Alexander the Great was born. You can still see vestiges of the palace and superb mosaics and colonnades preserved on site. As you stroll around it is easy to imagine the wealth and level of comfort of the time, which easily rivalled that of Athens and Sparta. The neighbouring museum will help you understand the history and importance of this city, which played a major role in the diffusion of Greek arts, democracy and philosophy.

Rebetiko

When the Greco-Turkish war ended in 1922, thousands of exiles living on the other side of the Bosporus (sometimes since Antiquity) were forced to flee Turkey and Asia Minor to return to their country of origin, Greece, and mainly to Thessaloniki. They brought their instruments with them and created a new musical style to express their suffering. Rebetiko is a mix of nostalgic melodies, oriental rhythms and Greek folklore. Some bars in the old town still resonate to the sound of these soulful songs telling stories of the past and daily life, composed of joy, love and hardships.

Gastronomy

Thessaloniki wines

Northern Greece benefits from a favourable climate for growing vines. It is the largest wine-producing region in the country. International grape varieties are blended with indigenous varieties such as Xinomavro, which produces dry red wines that are high in tannins.

Ottoman delicacies

Ottoman delicacies

Zaharoplasteia are pastries of Turkish origin made with different nuts and regional honeys. There is also of course the famous Baklava, as well as Vizier’s fingers, cakes filled with cream and dipped in syrup, and Hanoum Bourek, a sweet treat made with raisins, peanuts and cream.

Practical information

Flight duration

3h

Time difference

+1h GMT

Currency

Euro

Distance

1970 km

Average temperature

Spring

20°C (max 32°C)

Summer

28°C (max 37°C)

Autumn

15°C (max 25°C)

Winter

10°C (max 20°C)

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* The information provided is for reference purposes only. The programme and times are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. Find out more about the airline companies

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