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Living in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, the princess of the Thermaikos Gulf, is the capital of the province of Macedonia in Greece. It is the second largest city after the capital, Athens, having a population of more than 1.000.000 inhabitants and it is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

It was King Kassander of Macedonia who founded the city and named it after his wife, sister of Alexander the Great about 315 BC. During the last 20 centuries Thessaloniki has been the capital of Macedonia and the biggest port in Northern Greece.

It is a magical city, symbolised by a modern European face and the sense of a better life. Rich in cultural events, museums, archaeological monuments, unique churches, monuments from all the past centuries but also a tremendous nightlife, from the traditional taverns to the Thessaloniki film festival. It is common belief among the Greeks that Thessaloniki breathes a different air, closer to real human needs.

Some 70 Km from Thessaloniki you can find:

  1. Halkidiki, a peninsula with some of the best beaches in Greece and  Mount Athos, the monastic centre of the Greek Orthodox Church, a state-within-a-state
  2. Vergina, where the ancient city Aigai, the capital of the kingdom of Lower Macedonia is located.
  3. Mount Olympus, the mythical home of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

Thessaloniki is connected with Athens and many Greek islands by plane. There is also a ferry connection with Skiathos,  Paros, Naxos, Santorini and Crete and other Greek islands.

For more information regarding the city’s sights, night life, hotels, entertainment highlights, museums, transportation, and much more, the following websites are very useful:


The cost of living

In addition to the high standard of living, Thessaloniki is still much cheaper than other European cities. To give just a few examples, here is a list of typical students’ costs:

  • Apartment for 2-3 persons in the city center: 400 - 450 Euros
  • Taxi for 10-15 minutes: 2,50 Euros
  • Coffee: 2-4 Euros
  • 1 hamburger and French fries: 3 Euros
  • 1 meal for two in a local taverna: 20 euros


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