Fly To Thessaloniki, Greece
520 kilometres north of Athens, Thessaloniki is one of Greece’s most affluent tourist destinations. It’s the second largest city in the country and like most of Greece; it has a long and turbulent history. Nowadays it’s a modern metropolis home to more than 80 000 university students who have made the city one of the most cultured and ‘hip’ centres in the nation.
A buzzing nightlife, thrilling shopping, fine dining and an array of cultural events, Thessaloniki offer visitors all this and more, but with a decidedly less hectic vibe than Athens.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans travelling to Greece do require a Schengen Visa to enter Thessaloniki. Make sure your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the day of your return. Also make sure your passport has a few pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Greece is at 60 Kifissias Avenue, PO Box 61152, Maroussi, Athens. Phone: +30 210 6106645.
See and do
For history and culture buffs the Byzantine walks in the northernmost part of Thessaloniki are still standing as are parts of the western walls and city’s symbol, the White Tower which dates back to the 16th Century. The rest of the walls can be found in the Upper Town and offer fantastic views over the bay. While in the upper town you can also see cobbled streets, old houses, the Eptapyrgion Fort and Byzantine Citadel.
The Turkish public baths Bey Hamam, the Bezeteni Market and Ottoman Poorhouse are all worth visits too. The central food market is a great experience for finding fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. You’ll also find reasonably priced shoes, clothes, herbs and spices.
Thessaloniki has a rich and diverse history which makes for many museums! Two of the most popular are the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The first houses important ancient Macedonian artefacts as well as artwork from royal palaces and exhibits from Macedon’s prehistoric past. The latter showcases the city’s incredible Byzantine past.
Thessaloniki is favoured amongst Greeks for its vibrant culture as well as having the most cafes and bars than any other city in Europe! The nightlife and entertainment is pretty enthralling too. Trendy bars populate the city and the picturesque waterfront makes for lovely seaside walks on summer evenings. You’ll come across people selling all types of delicious foods, riding bikes, fishing, skating and generally enjoying the lively atmosphere.
Public transport in Thessaloniki is dominated by bus services located around the city. A great way to tour the city is to rent a car.
Thessaloniki International Airport – SKG
This is the second largest state owned and operated airport in Greece. It was opened in 1932 and the terminal consists of three floors.
Food and beverage: There is one restaurant and four coffee bars inside the Thessaloniki Airport.
Currency Exchange: There are Foreign Exchange Bureaus and ATMs throughout the airport in Thessaloniki.
Car Hire: Sixt, Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Thessaloniki International Airport (code SKG) is a hub for Aegean Airlines and Astra Airlines.