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New Seafront

Despite the different thematic gardens, the New Seafront has single architectural features that are insured with extensive use of water and tree plantings.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1954 Beginning of embankment.

    1973 Completion of embankment.

    2005 Reformation works started around the White Tower and were completed 3 years later.

    2013 Completed in its entirety and opened to the public.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The New Seafront of Thessaloniki is about 3 kilometres long, a linear multidisciplinary park, which spans from the White Tower to the Concert Hall. It mostly consists of natural materials and has a strict, austere geometry and clean shapes and perspectives. It is divided into 13 gardens: music, water, memory, roses, sound, sculptures, Mediterranean, Fokas, seasons, shade, sand, afternoon sun and one named after Alexander the Great. Despite the different thematic gardens, single architectural features are insured with extensive use of water and tree plantings, which form the alley from Makedonia Palace Hotel to the Concert Hall. The design aims at allowing a widespread use of the New Seafront, which has succeeded. It is ideal for walking, jogging, cycling, coffee shops, sports, young children’s entertainment and dog-walking.

What I can't see

Before 1959, the area was full of cafes and restaurants, which were demolished before the late 1970s when the beach was embanked, creating a wider and straight-lined seafront. The embankment brought radical changes to the architectural physiognomy of the eastern part of the city. The old country villas with large courtyards lost direct contact with the sea, the courtyards shrank, and the newer apartment buildings and the asphalt prevailed. Before the recent revamp, there were some green spaces and parking lots and a popular amusement park at the Concert Hall, which was then transferred. This resulted in restricted mobility on the seafront, which gradually deteriorated. The reconstruction of the New Seafront is considered a model of urban renewal and has been “embraced” by Thessalonians and visitors alike. It is considered the largest post-war urban project of the city, and symbolizes the transition from the misery of the Nazi Occupation to the modern city. Thessaloniki is densely populated with limited green areas, which makes the project a veritable oasis for the city. An interesting element in the architectural design is that no extensions have been constructed toward the sea (e.g. quays), in order to maintain the linearity of its promenade and keep it parallel to the horizon.


Unsigned, (2013), Η Θεσσαλονίκη “υποδέχεται” τη νέα παραλία της, [Thessaloniki “welcomes” its new beach], in Nea,

Last visit 30/8/2014

Zafeiris Ch., (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas

Centre of Architecture of Municipality of Thessaloniki, (2010), Νέα Παραλία, [New Seafront], Municipality of Thessaloniki,

Last visit 30/8/2014


Kolonas V., (2012), Η αρχιτεκτονική μιας εκατονταετίας: Θεσσαλονίκη 1912-2012, [The architecture of a century: Thessaloniki 1912-2012] University Studio Press


Tzimou K., (2013), Ο χάρτης της πόλης: Εργοστάσιο ΥΦΑΝΕΤ, [The city’s map: YFANET Factory], Parallaxi

Last visit: 1/8/2015


Τzimou Κ., (2013), Όλα για τη Νέα Παραλία- Η Ιστορία, [All about the New Seafront- the History], in Parallaxi,

Last visit 30/8/2014


Chastaoglou- Martinidi V., (2015), Η Κατασκευή της Νέας Παραλίας στη Θεσσαλονίκη, 1953- 1972, [The construction of New Seafront in Thessaloniki, 1953- 1972, in Vitopoulou A., Karamitsou- Gerolympoy A., Tournikiotis P., (2015),,mo.mo_, Η ελληνική πόλη και η πολεοδομία του μοντέρνου, [, mo.mo_, The Greek city and the urban planning of the modern] Futura, v.5 p.p. 315- 331