Thessaloniki Waterfront

Visitors to Thessaloniki, Greece, enjoy its waterfront and the promenade extending about 12 kilometers along the Thermaic Gulf. The widest part of the promenade is the 4.5 kilometer stretch in front of the White Tower, which is the only 16th century tower remaining of the Byzantine city walls.

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White Tower on Thessaloniki Waterfront

Locals spend their evenings here, strolling, buying snacks (popcorn, roasted ears of corn, cotton candy) from carts, riding bicycles along the dedicated lane, fishing, and enjoying the sunset while sitting on low walls.

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Snack Cart on the Thessaloniki Waterfront

A horse pulling an open buggy trots along the waterfront.

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Horse Cart on Thessaloniki Waterfront

A young couple provides an impromptu dance exhibit to music from their boom box.

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Tango on the Thessaloniki Waterfront

The balloon lady with her enormous floating colorful cloud walks this stretch of waterfront all day and meets tour boats as they return to tempt the children as they disembark.

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Balloon Lady on the Thessaloniki Waterfront

Also popular are the “bar boats” that offer a free 30-minute cruise around the bay with the purchase of a  beverage (alcoholic, coffee, or water) on-board for a slightly-higher price of 5 to 10 euros.

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Bar Boat on the Thessaloniki Waterfront
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Bar Boat at Nighttime

Not even a spectacular sunset slows the steady stream of pedestrians and bicycles, but some turn to admire the sinking sun.

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Sunset on the Thessaloniki Waterfront

As night falls, we say goodbye to the lights on the water and in the sky as we return to our apartment for our last night in Thessaloniki.

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Night on the Thessaloniki Waterfront

These photographs were taken in early October 2016 in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. Thessaloniki is also known as Thessalonica and Salonica.