Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, the capital of the Macedonia region, and an important educational hub with 4 large scale institutions. It is considered Greece’s cultural capital, renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and has recently been ranked by National Geographic Travel in the top 10 Nightlife Cities. More importantly, it is also a city with a continuous 3,000 year old history; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Many of its Byzantine churches and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.For more information about the city’s identity, as well as facts and figures please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau’s website.
CPAIOR 2019 will take place at the Mediterranean Palace hotel which is a five-star hotel located very close to the city centre, with 111 rooms and 7 suites; all meticulously decorated, and equipped with modern conveniences, next to the traditional district of “Ladadika”, and with an astonishing view over the Thermaikos Gulf.
It features the most beautiful aspects of Thessaloniki; the live cosmopolitan atmosphere, sophisticated sense of serenity, and traditional, warm hospitality. Luxury and style, in conjunction with its strategic location at the heart of the city’s shopping and financial center, make Mediterranean Palace a unique destination. Taking only two steps inside will be enough to fascinate you. The inspiration for the decoration of the lobby was drawn from the aristocratic atmosphere of Thessaloniki in the 30s.
Mediterranean Palace is located at the commercial, business, and cultural heart of Thessaloniki, next to one of the most picturesque districts of it – the historic Ladadika. It has direct access to almost throughout the city center, even on foot, within minutes.
HOW TO GET TO THESSALONIKI
The International Airport “Macedonia” (SKG) connects Thessaloniki with approximately 35 countries and more than 100 foreign cities with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). The number of connection varies depending on the season. You will find a selection of legacy and low-cost carriers that fly to a wide range of European cities. Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines are some of the airlines with the highest frequency in Thessaloniki Airport.
For more information about the city’s airline connectivity, please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau’s website: http://www.thessalonikiconventionbureau.gr/content/easy-access
How to get to the hotel from Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia”
By rented car
There is a taxi rank right in front of the airport arrivals exit. The distance to the hotel is 17 kilometers, and a taxi will cross the city to get to the hotel. Travel time varies between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on traffic. The cost amounts between 25€ – 30€.
The airport is located just 16km from Thessaloniki. Connected directly with the city center via bus lines OASTH No78 and No78N (night) and via the IKEA transfer station by Halkidiki Bus Station, the center and eastern districts of the region of Thessaloniki.
HOW TO GET TO THE HOTEL BY CAR
Arriving via Athens-Thessaloniki National Road (Albania, Serbia, FYROM)
Arriving via Kavala-Thessaloniki National Road (Bulgaria, Turkey)
Passport & Visa Policy
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U.
Information about passport and visa policy: http://www.thessalonikiconventionbureau.gr/content/easy-access
TRAVELLING AROUND THE CITY
The hotel’s central location is ideal for walks on foot around the city center. Within just ten minutes you can get to Aristotelous Square, having crossed the historic Ladadika, or Tsimiski Street, the city’s busiest shopping street.
Thessaloniki has a very good bus service. There is also a bus stop right in front of the hotel.
Travelling by taxi is also a very popular way to travel around Thessaloniki. There are many taxi ranks, as well as passing taxis. It is totally safe to use passing taxis, and they are among the cheapest in Europe.
You can also visit Thessaloniki by your car. There are plenty of carparks in the city center where you can park your car, and you can also park it in a free space, although this won’t be easy because of traffic. The hotel has its own carpark to serve its guests.
Travelling by bicycle has increased in Thessaloniki over the last years. There are several spots in the city center where you can rent a bicycle, and one of them is located at the city’s seaport, across the hotel. The renting system is both easy and cheap to use, so that you can enjoy a nice ride at the city’s seafront!
Aristotelous Square (Thessaloniki Center): 750 meters
White Tower: 1.6 km
Ioannis Vellidis Congress Center: 3 km
HELEXPO Exhibition Center: 2.1 km
Railway Station: 1.5 km
“Macedonia” International Airport: 17.6 km
Olympic Museum of Thessaloniki: 2.9 km
Thessaloniki Concert Hall: 5.5 km
Museum of Byzantine Culture: 2.3 km
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: 2 km