Explore Ano Poli in Thessaloniki
North of Thessaloniki we meet the Ano Poli, which will make you feel that time has stopped.
The architectural style will take you back to the Byzantine era.
Due to its location it was also the main fortress of the city with defensive structures (Eptapyrgio, Trigonion Tower) which were created during the Byzantine and Ottoman Period. Much of the Byzantine walls that surrounded Thessaloniki have been preserved and now form the jewel of the Acropolis of Thessaloniki.
Standing under the Trigonion Tower, once the city’s upper gate, it’s easy to see why Ano Poli was the city’s favored neighborhood for centuries. The forest is to your left and the whole of the Thermaikos Bay is stretched out beneath you.
Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets surrounded by small beautiful Ottoman-style houses and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and the sea, especially at sunset.
Don't forget to have a lunch in the small taverns with reasonably priced traditional cuisine. Some of them such as "Chinari" and "English" count over a century of life! Souvenirs can also be found in small tourist shops in the area, near Portara and Trigonion Tower.
Looking a little closer at the Byzantine walls you can see the borders of the old city because of the fortification which survives in many parts of the city.
Take some time to visit the old Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos and the Monastery of Vlatades which were built in the 14th century AD. It is one of the oldest and most interesting buildings to be found in Ano Poli.
Today many historic buildings have been restored or rebuilt, preserving the Byzantine spirit and many of its beautiful mansions.
And if you’re looking for still more nature, you can hike parts of the extensive trail system running through the Sheikh Sou Forest that borders Ano Poli’s northeastern edge.
Ano Poli can be reached on foot if you like walking, or by bus (No 22 and No 23).
This is a great place to explore!