Thessaloniki experienced a boom during the Roman Empire and grew over the centuries to become Greece’s second largest city. An important trading point between Europe and Asia, Thessaloniki was a highly important city for several nations, leading to great wealth and an abundance of superb architecture. Thessaloniki boasts a long list of buildings and monuments from Roman, Byzantine and Turkish empires, but lacks the hustle and bustle of Athens. These features make this destination popular for travellers wishing to see some of the area’s historical remains while avoiding the larger crowds. A great introduction to the history of this area is through a visit to the Archeology Museum, located just a short drive south-east of the harbour near the waterfront. The museum houses a great collection of artefacts and historical items uncovered in the area. Next, travel to the White Tower, an important landmark of the area that once served as part of the city’s defences. Head to the top for spectacular city views. While the list of famous buildings in Thessaloniki is quite long, we recommend stopping by the 6th-century church named Hagia Sofia, and the Rotunda, a mausoleum constructed in the 4th century for Roman emperor Galerius.
Take a day trip from Thessaloniki to the archaeological sites of Dion, near Mount Olympus, or Olynthus. Alternatively, you can spend some time in Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great and capital of ancient Macedonia. If you’re looking for a more relaxing type of holiday, travel to the 500km stretch of beaches on the Chalkidiki Peninsula, just an over an hour away from Thessaloniki.
Our car hire suppliers in Thessaloniki include Hertz, Enterprise and Avis.
Our supplier depots are conveniently located at Thessaloniki Airport, as well as several downtown destinations. Search Thessaloniki above to find the best car hire rate for your self-drive holiday.
As with many cities, parking and driving in the city centre of Thessaloniki can be a challenge due to congestion. Street parking is available with rates around €4 for three (3) hours. Park and Ride facilities are available at select Thessaloniki metro stations and parking areas, which are free of charge and provide an easier method of travel to the city centre for visitors. Private car parks are also an option within the city but will be more expensive.
There are toll roads in Greece, which charge around €0.70 - €2 per segment. This can add up to more for long-haul drives, so you’ll want to keep small currency available for intercity road trips.
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