Thessaloniki is a welcoming and lively city with a long history and a multicultural past. It is an ideal place for leisure and recreation, a city with very diverse influences and a very vibrant cultural life.
“Many stories, one heart” is the motto we use to describe our city to the visitor. Thessaloniki is itself a mosaic of diversity, a lively and colourful city where many cultural influences meet and different stories connect.
The city is renowned for its events and festivals, many taking place near our brand new promenade along the waterfront. Events like the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, Thessaloniki Food Festival and Thessaloniki Pride Festival are held annually. In the last few years, the city has hosted a number of international events for the first time, including the 15th Mediterranean Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in 2011, the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in 2012, and the 12th World MaxiBasketball Championship in 2013.