The city was founded in 315 BC by Cassander, in honor of his wife Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great. Since then, and due to its strategic position, Thessaloniki has been a commercial and cultural crossroad that brought together people and ideas from all over the world. The signs of this of this uninterrupted urban activity for more than 2,300 years are evident in each corner of the city.
Nowadays, Thessaloniki is a big, modern city, with a population of around one million, and an important administrative and financial centre of the Balkans. The warm and vibrant city life is largely influenced by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; the largest university in Greece, with more than 72,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students.
Thessaloniki is surrounded by places of great natural and historic beauty such as Olympus National Park,Vergina, where the Royal tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great was found, the autonomous Mount Athos which is forbidden to women and children, and Chalkidiki with its beautiful sandy beaches.
Thessaloniki is a popular destination. You will certainly enjoy a pleasant and interesting stay in the city. People are friendly and happy to help with any questions. The atmosphere is unique during the day in the commercial and shopping centre, but especially during the evening, in the wide variety of bars, restaurants and theatres for entertainment. Thessaloniki is renowned for its unique location, along the Thermaikos Gulf, its sunsets, its long history, its monuments and museums as well as its distinguished cuisine.