White Tower Tours

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The White Tower (Lefkós Pýrgos) is one of the best-loved buildings in Thessaloniki, a dumpy cylinder topped with turrets that sits at the southern end of the seafront promenade of Nikis Avenue. Thought to have been built on the top of Byzantine remains during the reign of Suleiman I the Magnificent in the mid 15th century, the six-story tower is 40 m (131 ft) high and 23 m (75.5 ft) in diameter, with sturdy stone walls dotted with tiny arrow slits. Originally it formed part of the city’s fortifications and was used by Thessaloniki’s Turkish invaders as a place of public execution. Since then the tower served as a communications center in World War I and later as a meteorological laboratory. Three more towers and a defense wall were knocked down after the fire of 1917, and its current use is as a visitor center with an exhibition detailing the turbulent history of the city. A viewing platform at the top of the tower looks out over the sea in one direction and the rooftops of Thessaloniki to the other.

One of the most popular evening pastimes for Thessaloniki locals is the waterside stroll up Nikis Avenue, starting at the old port and winding up in front of the White Tower.

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Nikis Avenue, Thessaloniki. Opening hours Tue–Sun 8.30am–3pm. Admission adults €3; seniors, students and under 18s €2. Best accessed on foot along the waterfront promenade; it is a ten-minute walk from Thessaloniki train station.
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Address: Nikis Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 54621, Greece
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Hours: Tue–Sun 8:30am–3pm
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Admission: Adults: €3; Seniors, students and under 18: €2
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Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

Experience the rich historical legacy of Thessaloniki during this 4-hour private walking tour led by a local archaeologist. Discover a variety of UNESCO World Heritage monuments from the Byzantine and Roman eras, check out the city’s food and flower markets, visit the famous White Tower, and learn about Thessaloniki’s Jewish heritage. A private guide and a snack are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Thessaloniki City Tour

Tour the highlights of Thessaloniki on a half day tour. With a local guide, visit popular sites such as the White Tower, Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, Old Town (Ano Poli) and the city walls, and Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt. You will also have a chance to visit the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Transportation by air-conditioned coach is included, but entrance fees are not.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit

Explore Thessaloniki on a half-day tour, and discover the history of monuments such as the White Tower and Agios Demetrius Byzantine church. Learn about the city’s historical importance and sights from your guide, and pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki to see artifacts from a range of eras including the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The entrance fee is at your own expense.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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