Discover the best of the city
Hotel Vanoro is situated within minutes walk from Aristotelous Square, Roman Forum (Ancient Agora), surrounded by the 4th century built Byzantine walls. Located in the heart of Thessaloniki, just 5 minutes walk from Ladadika area. The property is around a 13-minute walk from Church of Agios Dimitrios and 1.2 km from Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. Attractions in the area include Rotonda and Arch of Galerius, 1.6 km away, or White Tower, located 1.8 km from the property.
Whether you’re looking for Greek fashion designer showrooms, premium fashion stores, souvenir shops or just some locally made items or flavours of Greece to take back home, Thessaloniki’s high streets (Tsimiski & Mitropoleos) have it all! If you are more of a mall’s fun, Mediterranean Cosmos is the largest shopping centre in northern Greece but also One Salonica which is just a few minutes away by car from the city’s centre!
Thessaloniki is the ideal base for some of the best day trips! Only some of them are the relaxing Pozar thermal baths, Vergina - one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, Mount Olympos with its highest point, Mitikas, reaching 2,917 meters high, Kavala city, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mount Symvolo and Halkidiki with its sandy beaches, turquoise waters and picturesque villages. The best time to discover northern Greece is now!
Discover Thessaloniki’s rich multicultural history, by visiting some of the most interesting and unique Greek museums to take in some art! Τhe Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the museum of Byzantine Culture, the living symbol of Thessaloniki -The White Tower-, the Museum of Modern Art - Costakis Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography are only some of the city’s cultural gems! Thessaloniki International Film Festival - the top film annual event, is the place to discover subversive filmmakers and the best films from all over the world!
Food and drinks
“Koulouri” - the delicious morning snack that looks like a bread ring, “bougatsa” - the famous pastry filled with feta or custard cream, “trigona” - triangles of syrup-drenched, cream-filled, crunchy pastry, and Greek spirits like “tsipouro” or “retsina” along with traditional small dishes called “mezedes”, are only some of the tastes a real foodie should add to the list when visiting Greece’s second city!
If you are searching for the city’s best walking experience, wandering in the streets of Ano Poli, the old (or upper) town, with its colourful preserved houses and the UNESCO-protected churches, visiting Rotunda – one of the oldest monuments in the city, the Roman Forum, or Ancient Agora, or strolling around Ladadika area – the nightlife hotspot of Thessaloniki with its traditional taverns, or Nea Paralia – Thessaloniki’s renovated waterfront, there are so many paths to follow and explore!
Byzantine City walls
Since the day of its foundation, Thessaloniki was surrounded by Walls, fortification constructions for the city’s defense and protection, by possible invaders. The Heptapyrgion (Seven Towers) Fortress which dominates the north-eastern perimeter of the walls is one of the most iconic fortified complexes in the Balkan region. Don’t miss the chance to meet Thessaloniki’s iconic Walls!
The White Tower is perhaps the most recognizable spot in Thessaloniki and inextricably linked to the history of Thessaloniki. Today the renovated White Tower is used as an exhibition center. Under the auspices of the Museum of Byzantine Culture a permanent exhibition is on display dedicated to Thessaloniki, which allows the visitor to acquire a detailed knowledge of the successive historical periods of this great city.
The heart of the city beats in Aristotle Square, one of the most beautiful and biggest squares of Greece. Came out literally from the ashes, the square was created when the city was redesigned by the French architect Ernest Hébrard, after the fire that destroyed the center of Thessaloniki in 1917. A favorite meeting place and also a favorite place for relaxation and entertainment for both Thessalonians and visitors of the city.
The ultimate experience of all day and night entertainment: Ladadika! Ladadika is located in the old marketplace area of the harbour, and it’s famous for its eateries, bars, bistros, pubs, and restaurants. Start your tour of the Morichovou and Katouni squares that are flooded with sounds from all musical trends. The night is long at Ladadika and the fun lasts until morning!
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki exhibits the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki and commemorates the victims of World War II. A special exhibition gallery is dedicated to the Holocaust and its effects on the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. One of the most impressive displays is the large collection of digital documents concerning the entrepreneurship of the city’s Jews.