Should You Visit Thessaloniki?

Are you thinking about visiting Thessaloniki, Greece? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Thessaloniki worth visiting?

Thessaloniki is worth visiting for two to four days so that you can explore everything that the city has to offer. Thessaloniki mixes a cosmopolitan, big city atmosphere with historic sights and a small town personality. There are wonderful sea views and a bit of the real Greek authenticity. Local restaurants, great shopping, and a vibrant nightlife scene make this city popular with students and tourists. It's often mentioned as one of the best places to visit in major publications, such as in CNN's Places to Travel in 2023.

Thessaloniki Cathedral Thessaloniki Cathedral

Reasons to Visit Thessaloniki

Museums
There are a huge number of historic and archeological sights in the city. These include the Rotunda of Galerius, the White Tower, the Church of Agios Dimitrios, and the Arch of Galerius.

Food
There's a huge culinary scene in the city, and you'll find everything from fun street food options to traditional tavernas and even some great international restaurants.

Nightlife
It's the second largest city in Greece, and it has large student and tourist populations, so the nightlife scene is among the best in Greece. There are clubs, bars, and lounges that stay busy late into the night.

Shopping
There are shopping streets as well as large malls and shopping centers. You'll find everything from fashion, jewelry, and handicrafts to most European and international brands.




Is Thessaloniki worth visiting in the Summer?

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 25°C (77°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 32°C (89°F).

The peak season for travel is summer in Thessaloniki, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is quite touristy, so in the high season it's busier than usual. You'll see larger crowds and longer lines, as well as higher prices. On the other hand, there's plenty to see and do at this time of year because everything is open.

This is a great time of year to browse the museums, enjoy the city's energy, and enjoy an evening out.


Summer Weather in Thessaloniki
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in)
August 25°C (76°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
September 21°C (70°F) 26 mm (1 in)

Is Thessaloniki worth visiting in the Autumn?

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Thessaloniki. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 16°C (61°F).

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. You'll find plenty to do during autumn, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums and discover the big city activities.


Autumn Weather in Thessaloniki
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 16°C (61°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
November 11°C (52°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
December 7°C (44°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)

Is Thessaloniki worth visiting in the Winter?

This is the low season for travel in Thessaloniki. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices.

The weather in Thessaloniki can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 5°C (41°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

During this season it's fun to experience the museums and landmarks, the cuisine, and the nightlife. Also, you can experience the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Thessaloniki
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 5°C (41°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
February 7°C (44°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
March 9°C (49°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)

Is Thessaloniki worth visiting in the Spring?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 13°C (56°F).

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Thessaloniki, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

This is a great time of year to browse the shops, wander through the museums, and enjoy the evening activities.


Spring Weather in Thessaloniki
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 13°C (56°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
June 23°C (73°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Thessaloniki

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

Not As Romantic
For couples, this destination does not have a great vibe for romance compared to other places.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Thessaloniki might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Thessaloniki here or see if Thessaloniki is expensive here.

Related

What is Thessaloniki most famous for?

Thessaloniki is most famous for its many archeological sights, its large young population, and its great transportation connections. It is often described as vibrant, high energy, bustling, and historic.

What is the most famous sight in Thessaloniki?

The most popular sight in Thessaloniki is The Monument of Rotonda. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Thessaloniki on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Monument of Rotonda and other attractions here.

How touristy is Thessaloniki? Is it a popular city to visit?

Thessaloniki is a popular city for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Best of Private Guided Tour: $217
  • Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour: $239
  • Private Thessaloniki Walking UNESCO Monuments Tour - 4 hrs: $209
  • Premium Catamaran Full-Day Cruise from Nikiti: $195
  • Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Thessaloniki: $228
  • Thessaloniki Private Treasure Hunt & Tour w Food Stops: $68
  • Guided Walking Tour in the Historical Center of Thessaloniki: $73
  • Thessaloniki Classical City Tour - Private Experience - 4 hrs: $209

How long should I spend in Thessaloniki?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Thessaloniki is two to four days. Since Thessaloniki has activities such as dining, nightlife, shopping, and museums, many visit for up to four days.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Thessaloniki? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Thessaloniki?.