Thessaloniki is a beautiful city that lies on the shore of the Thermaic Gulf. Its seafront has always been one of the most often frequented places, both by tourists and locals. On a clear day, its magnificent view of the sea and the mountain of Gods, Olympus, will absolutely enchant you. On a cloudy or a foggy day, a long walk by the sea will give you the impression of being a special guest in a Theo Angelopoulos film.
Heading from west to east would be the best way to make this long walk by the waterfront; it’s not that big a distance but considering that you might need to stop a few times at monuments or other sights, you should probably leave a whole morning or afternoon just for that.
We suggest you start your walk at the ‘Warehouses’ that host the acclaimed Thessaloniki International Film Festival that takes place every spring and where’s permanently located the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki & the Museum of Photography, both worth visiting. You can have a rest or have a snack or a drink at the nearby restaurant/bar.
Up next is Aristotle Square, Thessaloniki’s bigger and trademark square. It goes all the way up to Egnatia St. so it’s up to you to decide whether to make it a part of your seafront walk or leave it for a separate walk in the city center itself. In any case, along Aristotle Sq. you’ll see some of the most beautiful buildings of the city, Electra Palace and Olympion Cinema being two of them. Aristotle Sq. hosts many music, social and cultural events throughout the year and is the center of all the Christmas decorations that give the city a postcardy feeling. Don’t forget to have your picture taken next to Greek philosopher and polymath teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle’s statue, somewhere on the right side of the square!
Continuing your walk, you will soon see It, standing out, proud and dandy: the eternal trademark of Thessaloniki, The White Tower . A fantastic surprise is awaiting for you in the inside; a museum that will reveal the Tower’s secrets to you, as you make your way up to the top of the Tower to an unparalleled view.
The area around the White Tower is a popular meeting point and a place for street artists and merchants. If you have some free time your hands, be sure to take a ride on one of the beautiful small ships that take you on a 30’ mini-cruise to the Thermaic Gulf, offering a panoramic view of the port of the city, perfect for some amazing scenery photography.
After the Whitte tower comes a very pleasant surprise! The new parks of Nea Paralia (New Watefront) area after an extensive reconstruction that lasted more than 2 years have now been completed! Believe us they'll make your day even more beautiful! The walk ends at the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki, at a distance of about 4km.