The capital of the Region of Central Macedonia and the 2nd largest greek city is a lively and generous urban center, that is at the same time historic and avant-garde.
Thessaloniki is a city with a continuous history of 2.300 years, with traces and monuments of the Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Ottoman and Jewish heritage, with 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a 5 km long waterfront with great views to Mount Olympus, lively atmosphere and a unique gastronomy.
Thessaloniki is the perfect destination for the Meeting Industry to connect with culture: meeting planners can opt between interesting, high quality venues, events attendants can enjoy a walk to the waterfront or a quick glimpse to the main attractions and capture the easygoing atmosphere and charm of the city.
Thessaloniki is also the optimal destination to connect with an emerging entrepreneurial community, to share knowledge with outstanding academics, to liaise with a dynamic startup ecosystem, to explore contemporary art and modern cultural creation through festivals and art fairs.
The city of Thessaloniki is a vibrant modern metropolis. Built on the waters of the North Aegean sea, the city and its 1 million inhabitants are renowned for their hospitality and easy going lifestyle. The second largest city in Greece is a mosaic of cultures, a safe haven for creative people and the perfect spot for international business and academic meetings.
Thessaloniki is the second biggest city in Greece and a regional business hub and shopping centre with an active commercial port, a significant local industrial activity, and the largest academic and research community in the country.
The city hosts the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the European Centre of Vocational Training, the Alexandria Innovation Zone and several other major institutions. It has rightfully been a European Cultural and Youth Capital: besides the excellent museums and historic buildings, the city is a big stage for creative young people who enjoy all aspects of life. Gastronomy is just one of them. Music, dance and dazzling nightlife is another.
Thessaloniki offers a wide range of attractions -modern art and history museums, ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, exhibitions, galleries, spas, restaurants, taverns and coffee shops; along with their unique exhibits and style, they all offer a rare combination of relaxation, safety and entertainment, the sine qua non elements for a succesful conference destination.
Though the multi-coloured and buzzing city feels both european and oriental, it has an age long tradition of security and hospitality; guests in their thousands visit here for business or pleasure the year round -among them quite a few important politicians, artists and academics.
A stroll into the streets of Thessaloniki will soon turn into an intriguing time travel. Historically one of Europe’s oldest and most multiethnic cities, it is truly unique in the sense that it merges its thousands-year-old multicultural heritage and the architectural marvels with the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Sephardic Jew history.
From Alexander the Great and Aristotle the philosopher, from the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans all the way to the cosmopolitan contemporary Greeks, Thessaloniki is a miraculous melting pot of cultures.
FLY IN, ENJOY, FEEL SAFE: EASY!
Fifty-eight airlines fly to 141 destinations in 41 countries from the Makedonia International Airport. The airport operates with frequent connections to most Greek cities and islands, since 1930 serving over 2,5 million passengers per year.
Its strategic location on Egnatia Highway -connecting East to the West- and in the very heart of Macedonia, in Northern Greece, neighbouring four countries, makes the city easily accessible to travelers from almost every corner of the world.
The city is easy to explore. They say that it takes approximately 30’ to go anywhere in Thessaloniki, and this is more or less a fact. The city centre is an easy to access, walking-friendly urban zone that never fails to impress its visitors.
It takes a walk on the “paralia” -the longest urban waterfront in Europe- to appreciate the generous, relaxing touch of the bright Mediterranean sun, in this unique Greek city.
A modern International airport is just 15 km to the east, a railway station is in walking distance from the city centre, buses and taxis are trustworthy and inexpensive -everything in Thessaloniki puts you at ease.
Moreover, many interesting destinations are within easy reach. It takes less than a two-hour drive to the divine Mt Olympus or to the emerald waters of Halkidiki; adding an hour or two to your day trip, you can visit Vergina, Pella and Dion to admire the grandeur of the Kingdom of the Macedons.