OLLD 2019 conference will take place at the historical city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki, the second largest city and co-capital of Greece, is world known for the Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine monuments, the charming shopping thoroughfares, the indulging local cuisine and the exciting nightlife.

The city was founded in 315 B.C., named after the ancient Greek princess Thessaloniki; sister of Alexander the Great, and has been a crossroad of cultures and civilizations for over 2300 years. Renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, Thessaloniki is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital.

ATTRACTIONS & LANDMARKS

  • The 'White Tower' the absolute symbol of Thessaloniki - An exhibition of the history and art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period between 300 and 1430 AD. There is a small cafe with a great view at the top.
  • The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century.
  • The Museum of Byzantine Culture: Much of the country's finest Byzantine art-priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: The most widely visited museum in Thessaloniki, near the White Tower and fairgrounds. Displaying sculpture of the archaic, classical and Roman periods.
  • The picturesque district 'Ladadika' and the port of the city.

TOP 5 ACTIVITIES IN THESSALONIKI

  • Visit the numerous Byzantine churches of the city, dating back to the early Christian years (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments).
  • Visit the Monastery Republic of Mount Atho
  • Visit Vergina, the ancient site of Aigai and the first capital of Macedonia has extensive ruins including the tomb of Phillip and the summer palace of King Antigonas Gonatas
  • Visit the province of Halkidiki – spelled also Chalkidiki (picturesque villages, amazing beaches)
  • Taste the local and international gastronomy and local wines

DINING & NIGHTLIFE

  • Aristotelous Square - surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 meters and the waterfront avenue of the city (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.
  • Navarinou Square - Full of university student’s haunts with open air cafes
  • Valaoritoy district - The new trendy neighborhood where restaurants, bars and live music scenes.
  • Bar rows in the city center - cluster of bars with distinct character can be found at Lori Margariti, Nikiforou Foka, Zefxidos and Valaoritou streets.