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!

Friends of the Sea Club (O.F.Th.)

It was established in 1946. Seeking to provide athletic and recreational opportunities for everybody, the Club has been offering a unique Rowing programme for people wit

PAOK Sports Arena

It is the home ground of PAOK Thessaloniki basketball team, one of the top teams in Greece. The Stadium was inaugurated in 2000 and can seat up to 8.142 fans.

Apollon Kalamaria Stadium

The Educational Gymnastic Club Apollon, established in January 1926, is a sports association based in Kalamaria. The Stadium is the home ground of Apollon Kalamaria footb

“Kleanthis Vikelidis” Stadium

It is the home ground of ARIS Thessaloniki football team, one of the leading and most popular teams, constructed in 1951. Some of its facilities include, Aris megastore,

Toumba Stadium

It is the home ground of PAOK football team, one of the most significant and most popular among the Thessalonians, always playing a leading part at the Super League Greek

Kaftanzoglio Stadium

It is a multi-purpose sports arena covering an area of 106.534m². The main Stadium of 30.000 seats approximately, hosts athletic and football events. It was built in the

Nautical Club of Thessaloniki (N.C.Th.)

    It was established in 1931 and it is one of the oldest nautical clubs in Thessaloniki and Greece alike. It organizes annual inter-club races, championship

National Swimming Pool

Its premises include indoor and outdoor pools, indoor training pool and a gym. It is one of the National Sports Centers of Thessaloniki.

Tennis Club of Thessaloniki (O.A.Th.)

Many significant clubs’ athletes have been distinguished since its establishment in 1927, including Lena Daniilidou, the top tennis player of Greece, No 14 of WTA. Furthe

Golf Course

The distance between Thessaloniki and the closest golf course (golf court of 18-holes, training, tournaments etc) in Porto Carras Hotel, is approximately 120km.