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!

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

Skydive Thessaloniki

Skydive Thessaloniki is operating on a permanent basis at Chortero Airport, Sidirokastro of the Serres prefecture. The Skydiving School is under the auspices of the Aeros

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

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.

Posidonio Sports Center

One of the National Sports Centers of Thessaloniki, whose premises include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor training pool, tennis, basketball, handball and vo

Sailing Club of Thessaloniki (I.O.Th.)

Since its foundation in 1931, the Sailing Club of Thessaloniki created the core of water sports both in the city and nationwide, and met increasing popularity among the y

National Gym of Mikra

One of the National Sports Centers of Thessaloniki that includes gyms, tennis courts, basketball, handball, beach volleyball and football 5x5 fields facilities etc.