Ano Poli which actually means Upper Town is in fact the old part of the city. It is the district north of Thessaloniki’s city center that was not ruined by the great fire of 1917 and was declared a UNESCO heritage site during the 1980s. It is Thessaloniki’s most traditional part of the city, still featuring small stone paved streets, old squares and homes featuring old Greek and Ottoman architecture.
Ano Poli also, is the highest point in Thessaloniki and as such, is the location of the city’s acropolis, its Byzantine fort, the Heptapyrgion and the city’s remaining walls, with many of its additional Ottoman and Byzantine structures still standing. There are many things to see and do here so I recomend to spend a whole day. Start early with the bus or on foot to explore the small streets, old churches, and great views of the city.
The area provides access to the Seih Sou Forest National Park and City Zoo. It features amphitheatric views of the whole city and the Thermaic Gulf. On clear days Mount Olympus, at about 100 km away across the gulf, can also be seen on the horizon, as you can see on the photo. If you are here in the summer and there is a concert or theatre performance on Theatro Dasous which is close by, don’t miss it !
Buses to choose :
# 50 is the cultural route with live guide on board !
# 22 is the small bus that goes inside all the little steers
# 24 takes you up to Seih Sou forest, the City Zoo and Theatro Dasous