Spend Time in Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki
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Are you going to visit Thessaloniki? If so, you’ll want to make sure to visit Aristotle Square, which is located near the center of the city. This is one of those places that is appealing because it is rich in history but also has a modern twist. In fact, there is plenty to do here for people of all ages! Whether its waking up to views of the Thermaic Gulf, or enjoying a night out with friends, you will love it here. Here’s more information:
Getting to Aristotle Square
Before you can go to Aristotle Square, you need to first make your way to Thessaloniki. You can do so by car, airplane, or ferry depending on where you begin your journey. If you decide to take a flight, the square is only about twenty five minutes away and you can easily take a car, bus, or taxi. However, your best bet is to end up at Aristotle Square only after you check into your hotel or vacation rental.
About Aristotle Square
Located on Nikis Avenue,Aristotle Square was a product of the Great Fire of 1912. Most of Thessaloniki was wiped out and had to be rebuilt. Due to financial restraints, plans for a square to be named after Alexander the Great were unable to be realized. After much planning, a more cost efficient Aristotle Square was built in the 1950s. This “U-shaped” cluster of streets has become, what many say, is the most popular square in Thessaloniki today. Major restoration happened in the 2000s and brought about cuisine, nightlife, shopping, and cultural art to the city.
What to do in Aristotle Square
There are many things that must be on your to do list when visitingAristotle Square. Whether you want to kick back and relax, try some of the local coffee, and look out at expansive views of the sea, or join in with the crowds and have cocktails at night, this place is for you! Stay in the 5 star Electra Palace Hotel. Known for its rooftop garden and gulf views, a night here is sure to be a night not soon to forget. Spend the morning relaxing in the room, or get out and see the local sights. If history is your thing, there are many museums nearby, such as the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum.
Cultural arts take main stage at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival annually in November. Aristotle Square is home to the Christmas Festival in Thessaloniki each December. A large Christmas tree and 3 masted sailing ships are lit up with bright lights and are put on display for all to enjoy. This is one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions.
If shopping is more your pleasure, be sure to check out Tsimiski Street for the most upscale shopping around. Nightlife awaits in the Ladadika District. Within walking distance from Aristotelous Square, this district survived the fire of 1917, and has been converted into some of the area’s most popular restaurants and clubs.
Aristotelous Square offers something for everyone: an upbeat nightlife, family restaurants, and cultural attractions. Views of the Thermaic Gulf at a one of a kind hotel will ensure an experience like no other!
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