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Valaoritou area

Valaoritou area is the core of the intense night entertainment of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

  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 Valaoritou area is the former Frankish Quarter (Frangomachalas). Thessalonians who hailed from other European countries lived here. The district largely burned down during the fire of 1917. Following the disaster, and after the creation of Tsimiski Street, during which time it became separated from the Ladadika district, several modern buildings were constructed. Only a few buildings have survived that are reminiscent of the Frankish district. During the day, there is calmness in the streets of the densely-built neighbourhood. The remaining small shops and the various kinds of graffiti and slogans on the walls draw the attention of visitors. When darkness falls, the quiet neighbourhood turns into a nightlife pole with bars and clubs, mainly playing mostly mainstream music, but also alternative music, while there are also some LGBTQ-friendly bars.

What I can't see

This is a traditionally productive neighbourhood with small warehouses and shops, which are passed down from generation to generation, as well as hip bars and art spaces. The special character of the Valaoritou area has changed significantly in recent years. Today, its nightlife is the dominant feature of the area, which is frequented by students.


Athanasiou F, Zygomalas D., Koniordos V., Makri E., Steriotou I., (2009), Περίπατοι κληρονομιάς στηΘεσσαλονίκη, [Heritage walks in Thessaloniki], Centre of History of Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greek Society of Environment and Culture, Thessaloniki annex

Field observation by scientific editors

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

Toulas G., (2013), Βαλαωρίτου: Μια γειτονιά δίχως νόμο, δίχως τάξη, [Valaoritou: a neighbourhood without law and order], in Parallaxi,

Last visit 25/7/2014