Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of the eastern part of the country. The city is renowned for its festivals, cultural events and cultural life in general and is considered the unofficial capital of Greek culture.
The city center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained withn a small area. You can easily explore walking on your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador who canshow you around. To really enjoy the city, you will need at least two days and maybe one more to recover from your exciting Saturday night, as local gay life can be pretty vivid.
Thessaloniki situated at a geographical cross board, is a sophisticated combination of
Balkans, Mediterranean and even Middle East cultures.
In the nineteenth century, the city formed part of the Ottoman Empire. It was a multi-ethnic city, an essential cultural, economic and political center, and the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
Much of the City was destroyed during the Thessaloniki fire of 1917. The city of the twentieth century was rebuilt according to modern plans, in Art Deco style. Unfortunately, many of those architectural jewels were destroyed in the seventies.
Thessaloniki is home to many museums and galleries. The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the most important Greek archaeological museums.
Take your time walking around and admiring the old city,
crammed with impressive churches, elegant palaces, historical districts, remarkable museums, and exquisite gardens and parks …
After a full day visiting, take a beak and enjoy your time in the trendy area of Thessaloniki, packed with creative restaurants, hipsters’ cafés, art galleries, antique shops, and young designers stalls. The city is inexpensive compared to West European or American standards so you can have a great time there without breaking the bank.
Gay Area in Thessaloniki
The gay area in Thessaloniki sets around the Valaoritou neighborhood and Pavlou Mela street.
Even if the gay bars are not as numerous, the atmosphere is friendly and gay locals are very welcoming with tourists. Same as in any major city, Thessaloniki ’s gay bars and clubs are extremely packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
As in many cities, the largest gay event in Thessaloniki is Gay Pride, which takes place every year in June.
Gay beach close to Thessaloniki
You can find several gay and nudist beaches close to the city. Some of these are Nea Kalikratia, Epanomi, Korinos and Loutra Eleutheron.
Unique museums, lovely walks in the city, gay bars and trendy restaurants. Thessaloniki is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive weekend getaway while traveling alone, with friends, or with your beloved one.