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Explore Thessaloniki City With Our Tips And Recommendations

Enchanting and historic, Thessaloniki is Greece’s second city and although relatively compact this lively, cosmopolitan destination offers Hyatt Regency’s guests a wealth of landmarks and attractions to explore and memorable activities to enjoy. The hotel’s advantageous location, close to the heart of the city ensures that Thessaloniki’s highlights are either within walking distance or easily reached using public transport.

The city enjoys an illustrious history and every guest should take the opportunity to visit the ruins of Thessaloniki’s ancient Greek agora (a gathering place) and Roman forum, just a ten-minute walk south-east of the hotel. This remarkable archaeological site, with ruins dating from the second century AD is particularly beautiful when viewed at sunset. Another historic must-see, and perhaps Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark, is the White Tower. This iconic monument beside the city’s waterfront, a ten-minute taxi journey from the hotel, most likely dates from the sixteenth century and was used by the ruling Ottomans as a fortress, a garrison for soldiers and a place of imprisonment and torture.


Close to the White Tower, the fascinating Museum of Byzantine Culture explores life during the post-Roman Byzantine era via almost three thousand chronologically-arranged exhibits mainly covering the period from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries. Thessaloniki hosts several outstanding museums and guests keen to learn more about the city’s history and culture shouldn’t miss the Archaeological Museum, War Museum and the unique NOESIS Science Centre and Technology Museum all of which are within a twenty-minute taxi ride from Hyatt Regency.


Metéora, meaning “in the heavens above” are a group of 6 monasteries perched on the cliffs at Kalabaka around a 2 ½ hour drive from Hyatt Regency. A UNESCO world heritage site, these impressive architectural structures are accessible only by staircases carved into the side of the cliffs.


Thessaloniki hosts a number of traditional markets and an easy fifteen-minute walk hotel will bring them to the Bezesteni. Built in the fifteenth century by Sultan Bayezid II this remarkably-preserved covered market building is recognisable by its six domes. The shops within specialise in textiles, clothing, leather goods and jewellery.


Close by, the Modiano Market, established in 1922, is colourful and atmospheric and sells all manner of fresh produce including meat, fish, cheese, bread, flowers and spices and is an excellent place to sample authentic Greek street food. Tsimiski Street, approximately ten minutes from the hotel, is at the heart of Thessaloniki’s shopping district and it is here and in the surrounding streets that guests of the hotel will find well-known department stores, supermarkets and designer outlets along with local shops, cafes and restaurants. The city also boasts a number of luxury modern shopping malls and lifestyle centres including the vast Mediterranean Cosmos, and the Thessaloniki Mega Outlet, both a twenty-minute ride from the hotel.


Whilst Thessaloniki does not boast its own beach there are several nearby options for guests who wish to sunbathe, swim in the sea or indulge in any of a number of different water sports and activities. The closest, Aretsou Beach, is less than a half hour’s drive from Hyatt Regency, offers good facilities, and a range of beach cafes and restaurants. Aretsou’s picturesque marina is close by.


A little further south, the popular beach at Agia Triada has been a warded a Blue Flag for its cleanliness and is a recommended spot in which to enjoy an Aegean sunset. Around a 30 minute drive South from Hyatt Regency, the beaches at Epanomi are also popular with guests for their clear waters and golden sands

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13 kilometres Thessaloniki-Perea, Thessaloniki, Greece, 57001

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