Thessaloniki is the capital of Macedonia and located on the mainland in Northern Greece. The city is the second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre in Greece, also known as Greece’s cultural capital. 

Facts about Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki was the sister of Alexander the Great. She was married to a man named Kassandros, and it was also him who founded the city in 315 BC.

Thessaloniki means victory in Thessaly (in Central Greece). 

The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually. 

Thessaloniki is a major center of education for Greece. Two of the country's largest universities are located in central Thessaloniki: Aristotle University and the University of Macedonia.

Famous for

  • The White Tower
  • Bougatsa, a rich phyllo pastry filled with cheese, meat or sweat custard
  • Koulouri, a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds
  • Frappe coffee which was invented in the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair in 1957 and has ever since spread throughout Greece and Cyprus to become a hallmark of the Greek coffee culture
  • Trigona, sweets made with folding sheets & cream

Facts and Figures about Thessaloniki Airport

Thessaloniki Airport is the largest airport in Fraport Greece’s portfolio. It connects a majority of the Greek mainland and island airports to short-haul European destinations.

The catchment area of Thessaloniki Airport includes Thessaloniki and Macedonia in general, including the tourist resorts of Halkidiki and the Voras Mountains.

Passengers 2015: 5.5 million
Aircraft Movements 2015: 48,000
Terminals: 1
Runways: 2

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