Thessaloniki is Greece’s thriving second city. It’s a bit more lively than Athens, while still offering plenty to see for the history buffs. Thessaloniki is peppered with historic sights from the Byzantine era, and there is even a Museum of Byzantine Culture to help visitors get acquainted with the city’s past. Visit the White Tower, an icon of the city once used as a prison and given the name “The Tower of Blood,” and climb to the top for a great view of Thessaloniki. Walk among the ruins of the Roman Forum, which feature Roman baths and a small theater which was used for gladiatorial games.

Stroll through the streets of Ano Poli (Upper Town), the highest point in the city and a great place to sample the local shopping and food. Be sure to track down some bougatsa, a delicious pastry made from phyllo dough filled with custard and topped with powdered sugar, a signature Thessalonian treat. Party with the locals in the nightlife hotspot known as Ladadika, full of clubs, taverns, and cafés surrounded by colorful neoclassical buildings.


61 have used hangouts this week

Photo of M
Mehmet Ali wanted to grab beers 5 days ago
Photo of M
Marilena wanted to hangout 5 days ago
Photo of P
Panagiota wanted to walk in the city... 3 days ago


  • Sat, Jun 10 at 2:00 PM EEST
  • Ares Petra's Photo Costa terzO's Photo Nikoleta Dimp's Photo

    + 3 attending


  • Fri, Jul 7 at 6:00 PM EEST
  • Christos Papachristos's Photo Silvia Bartolotti's Photo Katerina Gourgioti's Photo Nathaniel Evans's Photo


Unlock favorites

Discover member-submitted recommendations on the best activities, dining, and nightlife in Thessaloniki, Greece and all over the world.

Verify My Account

Verified members get beta access

Advice Q&A

Ask Locals a Question

Get answers to your travel questions from Couchsurfers in Thessaloniki