Thessaloniki, Greece

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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and is a popular tourist destination. It’s located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea, with proximity to important mountain ranges. The best running in Thessaloniki is focused on the waterfront and in parks surrounding some of the city’s historic sights.

The best place to run in Thessaloniki is on the festive, scenic promenade along the Thermaic Gulf. This can be combined with our ‘runseeing’ tour, which visits the city’s historic, archaeological, & cultural highlights. Just to the west, there’s a large network of easy trails around the Kalochori Lagoon & Axios Delta National Park. For some shade and trail running options for all abilities, head to the Seih Hou Forest, near the city. There’s also a large network of trails in the Thermi Ecological Park, becoming more rugged headed east toward Mount Chortiatis.

Runners should note that summers can be very hot, and many of the trails are exposed. Use caution!

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Thessaloniki has a a cold semi-arid climate with Mediterranean and humid subtropical influences (Wikipedia). Summers are hot and dry, though not as brutal as other parts of Greece. Winters are mild, with occasional cold snaps. Runners should be aware of exposure in summer — the sun is strong and many trails are exposed.

Thessaloniki is a major tourist destination. There’s a large selection of centrally located accommodations. We recommend trying to stay within 1 km of the waterfront route, which is the most accessible and scenic running spot in Thessaloniki.


There’s a reasonable selection of centrally located stores where running gear can be purchased. See our overview map for more details.


We recommend Run with Me Thessaloniki, which does guided running tours of Thessaloniki.

Night Marathon & 5k. October. A popular and unique event!

International Marathon Alexander the Great. April. From Pella to Thessaloniki.

Axios Running Festival. May. Half-Marathon, 5k, 1 mile.