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9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Thessaloniki with the Family
A well-planned vacation can be full of fun and adventure for everyone. If you’re unsure where to book your next holiday, consider Thessaloniki. Kids will simply LOVE it!
The city of Thessaloniki offers travelers the opportunity to make unique memories and enjoy once in a lifetime experiences. Here are nine reasons why Thessaloniki is perfect for families:
- Old Meets New
Thessaloniki is a city with great history. Its roots began in the era of Alexander the Great and continue to grow today. The city abounds in ancient Greek sightseeing and mega-structures such as the Walls of Thessaloniki, which were originally built in the Middle Ages. See marvelous Roman jewels like the magnificent Galerius Arch, and plenty of beautiful Ottoman-influenced architecture.
The White Tower, Thessaloniki’s trademark, has stood tall since the 15th Century. Family-friendly convenient pavements and sidewalks along the coastline offer access to historical sites inside the city such as museums or monuments.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is definitely worth a visit.
But this city is not just about history. It is a remarkable example of history and demonstrates that the past can co-exist in complete harmony with the present.
To visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki with your family as part of a family guided tour: Check availability
2. I See The Sea
Thessaloniki is a seaside city. Wherever you end up around the city, you are never far from the sea. While staying in Thessaloniki you and your family will have the opportunity to take a stroll on the pier, where you can enjoy the variety of vibrant people and colours.
Thessaloniki’s central location makes for easy day trips to nearby seaside villages. You and your family can plan excursions with sea dives and lots of sun.
3. Thessaloniki Zoo
Located at one of the highest points of Thessaloniki, the city’s zoo guarantees a fun day for all ages. A wide variety of animals in their specially designed flaura and fauna environments represent the main species that thrive in Greece. Inside the zoo, you’ll find the Museum of Natural History, which will absolutely amaze young visitors with its unique and engaging exhibits.
4. Dinosaur Park
A family visit to Dinosaur Park shouldn’t be missed! Features include the Mammoth Museum, the Evolution Cave, Water Life Park, the Mammal Park, and much more. Hours of entertainment await!
5. For nature lovers – Explore Halkidiki
Thessaloniki is an excellent base for exploring the Halkidiki region. This region is famous for its natural beauty. The Atos peninsula is the home of ancient churches (which women are forbidden from entering). The other two peninsulas on Halkidiki are known for their surrounding warm water and beautiful sandy beaches, and make great family destinations during the spring and summer.
6. Shallow waters offer a refreshing break in summer
There are several beautiful beaches located close to Thessaloniki, such as Agia Triada, Angelohori, Asporvalta, Galaksis and more. Because most of these beaches are linked to shallow water zones, they are a good choice for a leisurely afternoon for families with small children.
7. Mediterranean Cosmos
Located just a few kilometers outside the city, the Mediterranean Cosmos is the biggest mall in Thessaloniki. Besides its endless retail shops, it boasts an 11-screen multiplex cinema, along with coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, a supermarket, and more. Spend your day there shopping for friends and relatives back home and then enjoy a coffee or a good meal. To maximize family fun, you can visit the amusement park right across the mall, or the Go-Kart pit. Kids will never forget a day here!
8. Waterland Theme Park
If you happen to visit Thessaloniki during the summer and you are not a fan of the sea, or you just don’t have enough time to drive away from the city, try Waterland. It is a water theme park located on the outskirts of the city. It offers multiple pool and slide options for you and your children to choose from. While there, your family can enjoy a lunch or a snack whenever it’s time to pause.
9. Visit Vergina
A Day trip to the Archaeological site of Vergina should not be missed if you travel to Thessaloniki with your family. The Vergina Museum contains some of the most remarkable ancient tomb discoveries in history – tombs said to be of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, and Alexander IV, the conqueror’s son.
To visit Vergina with your family as part of a family guided tour: Check availability