For those who have made up their mind and are ready to visit Thessaloniki for the first time, there are a few must-do activities that are impossible to miss.

Whether it is checking the traditional seaside walk, visiting famous museums or experiencing the local nightlife, there is a lot to do in Greece’s second-biggest city, even when visiting just for a day.

An ideal itinerary will normally start in Aristotelous Square, the city’s most popular thoroughfare, where everywhere it’s possible to breathe in the fascinating history of the city.

Aristotelous Square

The next stop will be the Crypt of Agios Dimitrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki. This holy spot is located underground and it is the same spot where the saint was martyred. The place now functions as an exhibition space that displays different objects rescued from the fire that destroyed the city back in the 5th century.

Twenty-four hours in Thessaloniki should also include a visit to the Arch of Galerious and the Rotunda, ancient temples of Byzantine origin.

Heading then towards the area called Louloudakia, it is worth to visit the Turkish baths. Also called hammams, many baths were built in the city during the Turkish occupation. The most famous hamman is known as Yahudi Hammam or The Bath of the Jews, which dates back to the 16th century. In the same area, there are flower stands and shops, as well as busy locals running their daily errands

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Bath of the Jews (courtesy: Best of Greece).

Open markets showcase a colorful array of fresh produce, such as fish, fruit and spices, but it’s also possible to visit markets for antiques and vintage objects. Markets are the place citizens choose for everyday shopping.

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Spices and flower bulbs in the open market (Courtesy: Travel Photo Discovery)

The best way to end your day in town is walking around the district known as Ladadika, famous for its historic role in trading oil. The area is populated with beautiful bars and tavernas as well as with stories from the past of Thessaloniki.

Where to stay
Its cosmopolitan atmosphere, affordable luxury, modern facilities, four-star services as well as a business-oriented character are all features of the biggest city hotel in Northern Greece, bearing the top quality mark of Capsis Hotel chain.
The recently renovated Capsis HotelThessaloniki is the ideal destination for a truly unforgettable stay in the heart of Thessaloniki. Its key position makes it a perfect choice for anyone visiting, either for leisure or for business.

The spacious conference facilities are one of the best options for conducting conventions and organizing business events. The hotel features: 407 guestrooms and luxurious suites, 18 modern and fully equipped multipurpose venues, an underground parking area, fitness center, roof garden with swimming pool, restaurant and Cafe Capsis.

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