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Find cheap tickets to Thessaloniki and then rent a car for the ultimate Greek city getaway. Known as the country's cultural capital, you'll find a number of fascinating historic sights in the Thessaloniki city centre. On top of that, with a car you can easily drive in and around this stunning coastal town, and have fun taking the odd day cruise to see it from the water. In addition, with a car hire it's easy to reach the best restaurants in Thessaloniki, taking advantage of all that delicious Greek cuisine has to offer on your holiday.

It's your choice: Where to go in Thessaloniki

Fly into Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia and you can easily find an economy car rental before heading to your hotel or rented accommodation. There's plenty to explore in this marvellous town, with the White Tower of Thessaloniki being its iconic local landmark. As well as housing one of the most attractive former prisons you'll ever see, the museum inside tells the story of the city's history. Be sure to head to the huge Aristotelus Square, where you can admire much of Thessaloniki's most attractive real estate and stop to sip Greek coffee and eat bougatsa pastries. Hagios Demetrios is the city's most famous church, built in the 4th century A.D. and sprawling across almost three acres. Be sure to check out the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, as well, to learn more about the city's fascinating ancient history.

What to visit in the surroundings of Thessaloniki?

Rent a car in Thessaloniki, and then head out to explore the magnificent surroundings of this cultural area of Greece. Set in the Thessaly region, it's steeped in ancient history and has plenty of gorgeous countryside to discover. Nature lovers can drive along the coast to the mighty Mount Olympus National Park to admire the Orlias Waterfalls, and drive or hike around them. Closer still is the Axios Delta National Park, which is a real treat for wildlife lovers—be sure to stop at the birdwatching tower. You can also drive to the town of Pella, the birthplace of the legendary Alexander the Great, and take a tour of the local ruins in this quaint location surrounded by mountain vistas. Right nearby is Vergina, home to many old Macedonian royal tombs.

Important info about Thessaloniki

Sightseeing in Thessaloniki is the ideal choice for lovers of authentic history and culture, in a region that was once a hotbed of imperial struggle through ancient times. The region of Thessaly is both ideally placed near the coast and also features an incredible wealth of natural surroundings, making it the ideal destination for a car trip. You'll get to see more than the average traveller and can really take the time to appreciate why Greece is such a popular location for culture, history, and food lovers. On that note, the local cuisine is simply irresistible. Known for delicacies such as cumin- and paprika-spiced sheep's sausage, olives, fish, and more, you can find it all in Thessaloniki's markets, such as Modiano. Of course, this is a great place to indulge in some ouzo, the Greek aperitif, whenever you're parking the car for the night or have a designated driver!

Weather in Thessaloniki
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Country Greece
Language Greek
Currency Euro
Time-Zones EEST
Capital Athens

Good to know

There are a few things well worth knowing before you rent a car in Thessaloniki, although you'll generally find it a very simple and pleasant experience on your Thessaloniki food or culture tour. Keep the following documents on you: driver's licence, passport, and proof of insurance and car rental. You're also required to have headlamp beam deflectors, a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and warning triangle in the car. In your rental car you don’t have to worry about this. Aside from that, keep in mind that you'll drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. The general speed limits for cars are 50km/h in built-up areas, 90-110km/h on roads outside of towns, and 130 km/h on motorways. Be sure to check signage for specific speed limits. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, or 0.02% for drivers who have been on the road less than two years. As always, avoiding alcohol completely when driving is very much recommended.

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What to taste in Thessaloniki

As well as the specialities you'll find in the markets, or even supermarkets if you're self-catering, there's plenty to try when you head out to eat in Thessaloniki. The restaurants lining the coast and around the city centre offer the bountiful seafood and other Greek treats the country is known for. The locals, as with other Mediterranean natives, are known for their long lives thanks to an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and olive oil. A meze (tapas-like) spread of small dishes often signals the start of a hearty meal, perhaps with juicy kalamata olives and a tirokafteri cheese spread. Greek food has a great selection of vegetarian options, too, including aubergine, peppers, tomatoes, and other veggies either baked or prepared in a ratatouille-like dish. For seafood and meat lovers, lobster, roast lamb, and moussaka are just some of what you should try.

What to bring to your friends from Thessaloniki

Travelling to Thessaloniki is an excellent chance to bring back amazing presents for someone special, or just treat yourself to some souvenirs or local goods as a gift to yourself. Preserved foods, like honey or superior-quality olive oil, keep well and offer friends and family back home the chance to enjoy the delicious tastes of Greece. Bottles of ouzo are also great, and are ideal for those who love a tipple that's not so easy to find at home. Handcrafted goods are easy to come across when shopping in Thessaloniki, especially at the markets. Pick up some beautiful leather sandals or bags and accessories, such as artisanal jewellery. 'Evil eye' charms are commonly found on necklaces and earrings.