SPORTS

Thessaloniki, via its numerous sports clubs, promotes the eternal sporting spirit and organizes championships, games and tournaments both in national and international levels, while many top athletes have succeeded and marked top scores due to the city’s infrastructures. Among the international sport events hosted in Thessaloniki over the last years are the European Taekwondo Championships I.T.F. 2016, the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2014 and the World Maxibasketball Championship 2013. Thessaloniki also hosted the football games at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Moreover, you’ll find an Olympic Museum here, licensed by the International Olympic Committee, while Thessaloniki is one of the cities that the Olympic Torch Relay passes through, after the ceremonial Lighting of the Olympic Flame in Olympia. Thessaloniki has featured many remarkable athletes  with international distinctions, Olympic champions such as,

  • Voula Patoulidou (gold medal 100m hurdles – Barcelona 1992) she’s currently Vice Governor of the Metropolitan Area of Thessaloniki and Head of Thessaloniki Tourism Organization. 
  • Dimosthenes Tampakos (gold medal in gymnastics – Athens 2004, silver medal in gymnastics – Sydney 2000)
  • Ioannis Melissanidis (gold medal in gymnastics – Atlanta 1996)
  • Tasoula Kelesidou (silver medal in disc – Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000)
  • Alexandros Nikolaidis (silver medal in Taekwondo – Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008)
  • Ioanna Hatziioannou (bronze medal in weight-lifting – Sydney 2000)

and Paraolympic champions such as

Haralampos Taiganidis, Andreas Katsaros, Simos Paltsanitidis, Maria Kalpakidou, Parashos Stoyiannidis, Antonis Yiapountzis.

Finally, Thessaloniki is the starting point of Vasilis Hatzipanagis, a top Greek footballer who took part in the WORLD XI in 1984, and Nikos Galis, the best basketball player in the history of Greek basketball, who won the Mr. Europa Player prize of the Year in 1987.

Museums, games, activities, fields await you in Thessaloniki to bring out your deeper athletic inner self!

Rally D.E.Th.

The Rally of International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki is the top annual car race in Thessaloniki and takes place every September during the International Trade Fair. The

Olympus Marathon

   It is a unique mountain running race which follows the holy course of pilgrims, most commonly citizens of the city of Dion, ascending each summer to the top

Night Half Marathon

The main streets of the city center are blocked from traffic, only to welcome the Night Half Marathon runners! The main streets convert into a pleasant race for the parti

“ALEXANDER the GREAT” International Marathon

It covers the distance between Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia and birth-place of the great king, and Thessaloniki, the modern capital city. It bears the symbol o

Break Free Mountain Bike Club

It offers bicycle routes in Thessaloniki, at Hortiatis mountain, in Halkidiki peninsula, Trekking Tour at Olympus mountain, as well as, routes during the sunset for visit

Cycle safari

It organizes small and large scale bike rides nationwide, for bikers of all levels, using their own bicycle or rented one's provided by the company. Bicycle routes in Th

BikeIT

  The company offers a wide range of bicycles and exceptional high standards in bike renting, selling, technical support and equipment. It also organizes bike tours

THESSBIKE

The bike sharing and renting system in the Municipality of Thessaloniki, named I-BIKE, of THESSBIKE company, the largest of its kind in Greece, holds eight stations

Sfendami Mountain Festival

The annual Sfendami Mountain Festival appeals to lovers of mountain biking and running. Every year, during spring time, for a fortnight, the hill of Profitis Ilias overfl

Sea World Diving Center

Sea World Diving Center is the largest authorized PADI 5 Star IDC Diving Center / Gold Palm Resort in Northern Greece with two up to date diving centers bearing modern eq