Luxury holidays in Thessaloniki

Cradling the crook of an Aegean bay, Thessaloniki is a beguiling port city with a stormy past and a vibrant, cosmopolitan present. The city’s gulf-front location made it an enticing conquest for the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, but today, Thessaloniki is best known for its life-affirming juxtaposition of old and new. Time-worn churches and synagogues rub shoulders with buzzy restaurants and brunch spots, and the city’s two universities – one named after Aristotle – attract a steady stream of youthful energy.

When to go

Spring and autumn are attractive prospects, when the weather is warm and the crowds manageable.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Touch down at Thessaloniki Airport, which can be reached directly from London Gatwick. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from the airport to a hotel in the city centre.
  • Trains

    Trains run between Athens and Thessaloniki, passing through Larissa and Meteora along the way.
  • Automobiles

    Having your own car isn't really necessary – you can reach all the key sights by bike, bus or taxi.