Thessaloniki: A hospital city with many stories
Set on the northern shores of the Thermaikos Gulf that opens into the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece, is a land to be explored; a crossroad of nations, cultures and beauty Privileged geographical location joining the modern western with the traditional eastern countries. A node joining Europe and Asia. Easy to be reached either by road, rail, air or marine transportation.
Attractions & Sightseeing
Some of Thessaloniki's top attractions include the following:
- The White Tower on the water frond. The landmark of Thessaloniki.
- The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
- The Museum of Byzantine Culture
- The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century a.D.
- The Ladadika district near the port, known for the 'local color' and the sophisticated entertainment options.
- Visit the numerous Byzantine Churches of Thessaloniki, dating back to the early Christian years.
- Experience local and international gastronomy in a city where cookery is a passion! Taste local wine and visit wineries and vineyards following the 'Wine Roads of Macedonia'
- Enjoy Shopping in one of the most dynamic and innovative commercial centres of Greece.
Weather & Climate
Thessaloniki enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with its location in northern Greece resulting in the region receiving more rain than other areas of the country, and seeing lower temperatures during the winter. Summers in Thessaloniki are generally hot and dry, and the area receives an abundance of sunshine even during the low season.
Details about the weather in Thessaloniki can be found here: Thessaloniki's weather
Time & Currency
Greece belongs to the Eastern-European time zone and it is two hours (+2) ahead of Greenwich Time.
Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays.
Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.