Halkidiki

There is nothing like Halkidiki..
Discover the deep blue

Halkidiki can satisfy every taste & occasion
Halkidiki is the most highlighted and the most favoured tourist destination during summer in northern Greece. It is easily accessible from Thessaloniki, the second largest Greek city. Due to its large size, tourism in Halkidiki is spread around, creating many beach tourist places. It consisted of three small peninsulas, named as the three legs of Halkidiki, which form the main big peninsula of Halkidiki into the blue Aegean sea. The first peninsula is Kassandra and there are significant tourist resorts and well organized beaches, waiting for you in order to discover them. The second leg is the region of Sithonia, with a variety of camping resorts, less organized beaches and more secluded coves, while it is known for its crystal blue waters overall. Finally, the third peninsula, also known as Mount Athos, is a monastic community in large percentage, where entrance is strictly allowed only to men and after particular permission. Thus, it is a must-visit destination for religious tourism and Orthodox lovers. Do not miss the exceptional boat trip from Ouranoupolis, making a completely terrific itinerary, all around Mount Athos beaches with scheduled stops in order to admire the Byzantine monasteries and the deep blue scenery.

Experience the natural beauty of Halkidiki

Mountains, Wetlands, Forests, Islets & Geological Shapes.
The west coast of Halkidiki is admired for the high quantity of picturesque plants and forests, while the center and the east part of the peninsula count three attractive and pleasing mountains, known as Holomontas, Itamos and Athos. Moreover, the three peninsulas of Halkidiki dive totally into the deep blue Aegean Sea offering an amazing coastline of about 500km, the longest one in Greece. Must see natural destinations? It is high time to explore the amazing natural enviroment of Ancient Petralona Cave as well as the Sani Wetlands and the mysterious Halkidiki’s islets.


Petralona Cave

Petralona Cave was discovered not long ago – only in 1959 and became famous in 1960 after they discovered the famous fossilized skull of the oldest European man. The age of the skull which was found is 700 000 years old and was discovered among the traces of fireplace, which is considered to be the ancient evidence and significant site of using fire in Europe. You will be excited seeing with your own eyes the stalagmites and stalactites of all shapes and sizes of Petralona Cave and as an advice, do not forget to take warm clothes, as the all year round temperature inside the cave is significantly low. There is an Anthropological Museum near the Petralona Cave where you can see the finds of the excavations. These findings presented there were found mainly from the Cave, but also from other parts of Greece. There are different sculptures of the animals in front of the museum, with which children take pictures with great pleasure.



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Natura 2000 Network

Natura 2000 Network is the centerpiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. The network aims to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs). The protected areas of Natural Beauty and Biodiversity, by the Natura European Network, located in Halkidiki are:


  • Agios Mamas Laguna
  • Nea Fokea Wetland Habitat
  • Paliouri Cape
  • Cape Pyrgos – Kypsas Bay – Malamo
  • Sithonia Peninsula
  • Cape Rigas – Cape Adolo
  • Cape Elia – Cape Kastro – Ragoula Outlet
  • Taxiarchis
  • Holomontas Mount
  • Athos Peninsula
  • Stratoniko Mount


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    Mountains

    1. Holomontas Mountain

    Rough valleys and rocky canyons characterize the site of mountain Holomontas. The verdant forest of Holomontas, usually covered by snow during the winter, offers incredible chances for sightseeing. Pine, fir and oak trees are alternating with chestnut and oak trees while there are plentiful brooks and springs. The air is so clean that takes the breath away. The diversity of forms of mountain’s forest is partial to a large number of preys, wild animals and birds. The ecological system of Holomontas is characterized as an important area for reproduction of predatory birds. Mountain Holomontas offers each time of the year a chance for alternative forms of tourism but also a chance for environmental and ecological education. Stamped old paths, mapping of new walking horse-riding paths, mountain bike paths, areas of controlled hunting, and climbing are few of the reasons why each year more and more visitors are attracted from Holomontas.



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    2. Itamos Mountain

    The mountain Itamos (also known as Dragountelis) with the highest peak, the Astrapokameno, in 811 m, took its name from Itamos, a tree with a diameter of 1.2 m and age perhaps 2,000 years! It’s a protected area of ​​200,000 acres integrated in Natura 2000. There are fantastic trails that lead to wonderful landscapes of oaks and pines, and also Itamos is the “house” for deer, wolves, wild boars, foxes and many bird species. Today, we will suggest some picturesque routes for trekking and hiking, perfect for clearing your mind and knowing some hidden landscapes in Sithonia!



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    3. Stratoniko Mountain

    The Stratoniko Mountain is ejected through the village of Stagira, which is the birthplace of Aristotle. In Stratoniko, there is a variety of amazing oak groves, beech trees, chestnut trees and lots of other representantives concerning the thick flora. You can always try the sparkling fresh water coming out from Stratoniko Mountain, while it is also a great refresh for every mountaineer who will choose its paths for his hiking excursion! Moreover, the majority of wildlife features can be found in this mountain, such as roebucks, hares, woodcocks as well as many birds and insects that use the trees and the bushes as their permanent shelter.



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    4. Mount Athos

    Mount Athos is situated in the entire third, eastern and most beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki, called the peninsula of Athos. It is the only place in Greece that is completely dedicated to prayer and worship of God. For this reason, it is called the Holy Mount.
    The Holy Mount is about 50 kilometres in length, 8 to 12 kilometres in width and it covers an area of about 350 square kilometres. The borders of the monasterial city are defined on the ground by an imaginary line that starts from the location named Fragokastro in the west coast and reaches the cape named Arapis in the opposite end. The natural beauty of the peninsula is extraordinary. The highest point of Mount Athos is like a huge cone, reaching 2033 metres in height. It’s a naked, treeless crest that seems to lance the sky and its slopes are fully covered by ancient evergreens. All these help to create an area of incomparable natural beauty.



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    Wetlands & Waters

    1. SANI Wetlands

    Sani Wetlands are a large land area of 110 hectares, home to over 200 species of birds, many of which are rare and endangered. The 34 species or 16% of the species recorded in the Sani wetlands included in the three main categories of the Red List. At the same time, 93 species fall into three most important categories of protection at European level (SPEC), as defined by Birdlife International.



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    2. Agia Paraskevi Thermal Springs

    Agia Paraskevi is located in the inland of Kassandra, surrounded by a pine forest. The settlement Loutra (Thermal Springs) was named after the curative springs, lies five kilometers south of Agia Paraskevi, in front of the sea. The baths are located in the southern edge of Kassandra peninsula, in a magnificent spot, at the top of a hill with a viewto the sea. The sea, the pines, the amazing natural scenery of the area compose a unique picture of beauty. The thermal springs of Agia Paraskevi have several therapeutic indications such as ailments of the bones and joints – muscles as well as skin ailments such as dermatitis and eczemas.



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    3. Varvara Waterfalls

    Near the village of Varvara there are two amazing waterfalls in a forest full of taxus, alders, lindens, beeches and wild hazels. Both the location and the feeling of calmness and serenity will make you feel like you have discovered a small paradise. The water leads to Mavrolaka, a river that is the boundary between Olympiada and Varvara. You will see the first waterfall from above, whereas in the second one you will feel its momentum even in the summer. It takes a short walk (5-10 minutes) to discover this wonderful place. Both the wooden bridges and the proper marks on the path contribute to the enjoyment of the unique scenery. It is ideal for families with kids who will be thrilled!



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    Taxiarchis Forest

    The University Forest in Taxiarchis, in Chalkidiki, is a publicly owned forest estate. It covers an area of 58,000 hectares on the southern and southwestern slopes of Holomontas mountain. In Taxiarchis you will find traditional taverns, traditional stone houses, guesthouses many churches and a beautiful square, where every year at the beginning of September, the feast of mushrooms exist. Taxiarchis is being visited by many tourists all seasons of the year in order to make rural tourism and to go hiking in the mountains. In the area you can go mountain bike, or horse riding as you will find farms with horses which you can rent. In addition, the flora of the area includes beech trees, black pine trees, brutian pine trees and Aleppo pine trees, as well as other ligneous plants, such as Quercus ilex, Erica arborea (a plant of beekeeping interest), holly oak trees, arbutus trees, fraxinus trees, plane trees as well as willow trees.



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    Secret locations, mysterious islets
    Another vision of Halkidiki

    Isolated enough for private stories
    Unspoiled and isolated, hidden islands and islets are vacation bait for anyone with escapist tendencies. Protected from crowds and the stress of modern life, these retreats will allow you to become one with nature, soak up local culture, and live in Halkidiki’s paradise. Business Travel offers you five secret places in all three peninsulas of Halkidiki where you can completely surrender to island time.


    Ammouliani

    The island of Ammouliani (also known as Amoliani) is located in Halkidiki between the Sithonia and Mount Athos. Nowadays, in the island live about six hundred inhabitants and its size is 4.5 square kilometers. Moreover, ferry transport is very frequent during the summer season, with a ferry departing every half hour from Tripiti’s little port. The voyage is very short since the mainland is only approximately 3.8km away. Furthermore, Ammouliani is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece with well-known beaches like Alikes, Megali Ammos, Faka, Saint George which are characterized by their turquoise-color waters. The island itself is very well organized and tourists have access to clubs, bars, restaurants, retail shops, super markets, tavernas and many other facilities.



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    Donkey Islands (Drenia)

    The Donkey Islands, also known as the Drenia Islands, are constituted of 6 beautiful small islands filled with incredible sandy beaches on a picturesque ‘’Greek summer’’ setting. Only one of them is inhabited. The Donkey Islands are an oasis of 6 spots of land placed upon the vast big blue of the world-renowned Greek seas. Their folklore name is attributed to the legend that locals used to bring their very old donkeys to the islands in order for the animals to die in a magnificent setting. Furthermore, the greek alias concerning the Drenia Islands is “Gaidouronisia”.



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    Diaporos

    Diaporos Island is the largest island in the archipelago of nine islands that belong to Sithonia. These islands are closest to the town Vourvourou, obscure it, thus enabling the islands to always have calm waters. Diaporos Island is less known to our tourists, but so many tourists from all over the world come to Sithonia only because of the turquoise waters and beautiful beaches that this island offers. It is a magnificent island situated on a private bay and surrounded by a natural forest, one of the last unexploited areas of Halkidiki, a fact that explains its astonishingly pure beauty. Recommended for Halkidiki beginners.



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    Kelyfos

    The Island of Kelyfos is located just opposite Porto Carras, the most touristic part of Halkidiki, which features luxurious tourist facilities such casino, heliport, marina for large and small vessels. Kelyfos’ forestation is mainly pine trees and has olive trees on the eastern part. It has two natural harbors with sufficient depth for large vessels and for the creation of a deck. The island of Kelyfos supports the construction of a heliport. There are two natural pebble beaches and clear blue waters.



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    Spalathronisia

    Around Neos Marmaras, there are many small and scenic ports, beautiful isolated beaches and a group of small islands named Spalathronisia. Visitors may reach the beaches either by boat or by car/motorcycle and there enjoy the clear and deep blue sea under the golden sun. It is a cluster of three islets and although they are very close to the land, they are isolated enough for private visits. The most private you have ever imagined!



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    Beaches in Halkidiki
    Best Escape Anyone Can Have

    Life is always better at the beach.
    Whether you are seeking for high adventure on the waves, romantic sunsets in contrast with the crystal waters or a protected, family friendly swimming place, Halkidiki’s beaches have it all. The most widespread Halkidiki beaches can be found in Kassandra peninsula, with Sani, Kallithea, Paleochori and Hanioti to be the most visited ones through the years. On the other side, Sithonia region, the second peninsula seems to be both a positive energy destination as well as a relaxing one as it has many hidden coves to rest yourself during your vacations. Sithonia’s beaches are also well-known for its camping alternatives. Sit back and enjoy the ride between the most surprising coastlines of Northern Greece.

    Beaches in Halkidiki
    Part I – West Coast Capture

    Clean, sandy & fully organized beaches
    Drive down the West Coast beaches of Halkidiki and visit the most relaxing experience in your summer life. Nea Kallikratia, Flogita, Nea Plagia, Dionyssiou Beach and Agios Mamas are our first five stops. The crystal clear waters of West Coast are generally calm, clean and warm while their sands are perfect for strolling, beach volley addicts or simply sun tanning fanatics.


    Beaches in Halkidiki
    Part II – Kassandra Peninsula

    Heaven exists on earth
    Kassandra peninsula is the most significant destination for thousands of holidaymakers all over the world. Just like the Heaven, many tourists patiently await every summer in order to visit and explore the beaches of Sani, Siviri, Fourka as well as a variety of dreamy sandy coastlines such as Paliouri, Glarokavos and Pefkochori. Moreover, there are plenty of beach bars along the seashore, while the region of Kassandra hosts a variety of SPAs, luxurious hotel facilities and many traditional festivals. If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand or swimming in the deep blue waters, then Kassandra Peninsula is just what you need. Business Travel recommends it!


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    Part III – Sithonia Moments

    Peace & Nature summer refuge
    Sithonia. It is one of those destinations that you will always mention between your friends after the summer holidays. For many people, the summer season means a total pause, as we slow down a bit and take our time to relax. Rather than filling our days with activity, we are seeking for some spare time to enjoy the natural surroundings and recover ourselves. Use this summer season to treat yourself to something peaceful and undoubtedly relaxing on Sithonia beaches, by visiting the magical coasts of Gerakini, Psakoudia, Nikiti as well as the tropical seaside of Metamorfosis. Are you a camping admirer? Follow up Sithonia in order to discover the way to the paradises of Vourvourou, Armenistis, Tristinika, Kalamitsi and Kriaritsi. Do you think that is over? Then, Porto Carras and its Limanakia resort proudly presents to you one of the most luxurious and beautiful places all over Halkidiki! Something totally incomparable! Get your mind and body in line with Sithonia, it is up to you!


    Beaches in Halkidiki
    Part IV – East Coast

    The secret thesaurus remains hidden
    For guaranteed seaside seclusion, you can always try the quite East Coast part of Halkidiki’s peninsula, also known as Athos region. We have revealed the secret sandy spots between Ouranoupolis, Nea Roda, Ierissos and Tripiti, while there are plenty of seaside opportunities before reaching the Mount Athos coasts, nearby Olympiada and Pyrgos. Combining mountain and seashore views, this protected area in the east part of Halkidiki is known for its religious character and its off-road destinations, inspiring enough for the road trip lovers. Those who prefer to have a taste of the Orthodox Church and to let themselves into the Byzantine era, there is a daily itinerary to Mount Athos by ferry, but the presence of women is forbidden. Plenty of stories have been written for this place, many mysteries are still there and the truth remains a closely guarded secret under the sun. If you want to avoid crowds, this is your perfect destination in Halkidiki!


    The Ancient Aura of Halkidiki
    Since 384 B.C

    Ancient temples & ruins of Hellenistic homes
    Coming to Halkidiki, you have just landed in a place which travels back to the roots of ancient civilization in Greece. Thus, it is highly recommended to do the archeological tour consisted of a rich variety of historical sites around the peninsula such as the Aristotle’s Park which is located in Stagira. Furethermore, for a memorable cultural experience you should check the ancient towns of Olynthos, Toroni and Akanthos. Take your time and come across the famous historical figures and monuments of Halkidiki as listed below!


    Aristotle’s Park

    The Aristotle’s Park, a unique theme park of Halkidiki, is located at an altitude of about 500 meters, in the historical village of Stagira, beside the remains of Machalas, the capital of Mademochoria. It is worth visiting for its interesting instruments and the great view to the gulf of Ierissos. The park preexisted and the wonderful location was chosen in 1956 to host the statue of Aristotle, made by sculptor Nicholas, in honor of the great philosopher who was born in Ancient Stagira.
    The unique interactive instruments were placed there in 2003 by the Municipal Corporation of Stagira-Akanthos. They are experimental instruments, operating by rules of physics that are mentioned in Aristotle’s textbooks and especially in the one called “The Naturals”. With this addition, the park has become a favorite destination for every visitor and school, since it combines recreation, entertainment and education. It is estimated that has more than 15.000 visitors during the summer. The tower of Madem Agas is also located there, with the house that was the administrative center of Sidirokafsia mines.



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    Ancient Town of Olynthos

    Olynthos, the most important cultural centre in Chalkidiki during the Classical period, was built in an area that was first inhabited during the Late Neolithic period (3000-2500 BC). It was the leading city of the Bottiaians from the 7th c. BC until its destruction by the Persians in 479 BC, when it passed into the hand of the Chalkideans. From 432 BC, Olynthos was the seat of an alliance of 32 cities in Chalkidiki, and for a century played a leading role in the political life of the region before being comprehensively destroyed by Philip II in 348 BC. The city of ancient Olynthos spreads over two hills. The pre-Persian settlement (before 479 BC) is on the south hill, and the Classical town, built on the famous Hippodamean system, lies on the north hill. Streets and avenues in a chess-board pattern create building blocks, each of which contained ten houses, between which ran a narrow, stone-paved passage that led off rain-water from the roofs. Most of the houses of Olynthos are of the type with a pastas (portico) on the north side of the internal courtyard. Access to the house was either directly from the street, or by way of a corridor in the internal courtyard, which was either in the south part or middle of the house. In the courtyard, which was stone-paved, were wells, and clay or stone drainage conduits. The pastas was usually roofed, had 3 or 4 columns, and opened on to the diaiteteria, 3 or 4 residential and reception rooms in the north part of the house. The mosaics of Olynthos are the earliest known in the ancient world. Other rooms in the houses of Olynthos include the optanion (kitchen), the oikos for everyday activities, the bathroom with its clay bath and carefully planned drainage system, and the storerooms, workshops and shops. The presence of a second storey has been detected here and there. The city on the south hill was laid out according to the natural configuration of the terrain, and the houses were not all identical. There were basement storage pits beneath the streets and in the area of the agora, which was located on the ridge connecting the two hills. The city was protected by a brick fortification wall. The presence of the river Olynthios to the west of the settlement afforded further protection. The three cemeteries of Olynthos were located outside the settlement. Remains of a Byzantine tower have been discovered on the south hill.



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    Ancient Town of Toroni

    Ancient Toroni was one of the most significant towns of Chalkidiki. After the Persian wars, it joined the Athenian League and was captured by the Spartans and the Athenians respectively during the Peloponnesian War. Many ruins of the ancient city were preserved up to the late 19th century, but they were destroyed so that their granite building material could be used for road surfacing in Thessaloniki and Constantinople. Today, only remains of ancient Toroni, south of the village, are still preserved. Traces of the big round tower in Anemomomylos as well as parts of the acropolis fortification walls on Vigla summit, also stand there. Toroni is situated after Marmaras and before Porto Koufo. During mythology, Toroni was wife of Protea, son of Poseidon. Traces of prehistoric settlements of the 3rd century BC and many other ancient remainders, ancient Christian and Byzantine temples, castles and others is evidence that the area is inhabited constantly from the Neolithic era. Ancient Toroni was founded by the Halkidi’s settlers of the 8th century BC. During the 5th century BC Toroni was one of the most significant cities in Halkidiki. Having its own currency and was part of the Athenian alliance. Thucydides resides that in 423 BC it was taken over by Vrasidas from Sparta. In 348 BC the city was taken by Phillipou the 2nd. In 168 BC the Romans invaded and the city decayed. In the Byzantine era the land belonged to Agio Oros monasteries. Its strong walls and other buildings were destroyed in the 19th century, when the Turks used the granite stones they were built of to cover the central roads of Constantinople and Thessaloniki.



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    Ancient Town of Akanthos

    Ancient Akanthos used to be a greek city on the Athos peninsula. It was located near the modern town of Ierissos on the north-east side of Akti, on the most eastern peninsula of Halkidiki. Strabo and Ptolemyerroneously place Acanthus on the Singitic Gulf, but there can be no doubt that the town was on the Strymonian Gulf, as is stated by Herodotus and other authorities: the error may have perhaps arisen from the territory of Acanthus having stretched as far as the Singitic Gulf. The name of the ancient city (derived from the acanthus bush) is due to the thorny nature of the area or to the thorny nature of the town’s foundation. During the visit you attend, the walls of the acropolis, main parts of the city’s fortification, ruins of walls, an impressive part of the acropolis, and scattered architectural parts and structural ruins of the Hellenistic period, public buildings, houses and the foundations of a temple –probably of Goddess Athena- on top of the hill and many more sights that will leave you breathless!



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    Ancient Town of Stagira

    Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in Ancient Stagira, a city by the sea. The city was a colony founded by Andros residents around 665 B.C., but Chalkideans settled here. Originally, the city was called Orthagoria. Stagira residents became Athenian allies, but later took the Spartans’ side, which displeased the Athenians, who arrived here under Cleon in 423 B.C., besieged Stagira, but did not manage to conquer the city, which was later conquered by Philip, in 349 B.C., who destroyed all Chalkidiki colonies following the fall of Olynthos. Archaeologists arrived at this small promontory just in 1990 and started excavating the native city of Aristotle. The most impressive part of the city is the strong wall that can be seen on the top of the first hill (the South one) built during the classical era; we can still see the various manners of construction using such big stones. This wall defines the western limit of the city; the rest of it is surrounded by sea. Beautiful round and square towers and ramparts were connected with heavy staircases to complement the powerful fortification of the city. Excavators have done a wonderful job so that at the feet of the hills there is a discreet footpath to allow for a comfortable tour of the ancient site. At the end of the promontory, we can see what is left of the wall that was built after the city was destroyed by Philip, when Stagira was reinhabited for the sake of Aristotle. Right below, there was the Stagira port named Kapros (just like the little island across the water) to honour the wild Kapros (boar), which was the sacred animal of the city. Every summer, there are musical and artistic events held on the site; these events, called “Aristotelia”, have been organized since 1996 to revive ancient celebrations and to better use such a lovely spot.



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    The Folk Culture of Halkidiki
    Local Museums

    Important Traditional Background
    Seize the opportunity and spend some of your summer time to meet the folklore and traditional character of Halkidiki. Choose whatever you think fits to you mostly from an interesting bunch of museums and cultural spots, such as the Arhchaeological Museum of Polygyros which is consisted of fascinating ancient findings since the 1st Century B.C. In addition, your next stop should be at the Museum of Fishing Vessels & Equipment, located in Nea Moudania which offers a thrilling insight into the magical and weird world under the sea-level, while the Folklore Museum in Arnea is a special place featuring agricultural artifacts, folklore costumes as well as other daily life equipment used by local citizens of Halkidiki back since in 1750.


    Archaeological Museum (Polygyros)

    The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros, located in the central square of the town, has been functioning since 1970. It hosts archaeological artefacts that represent findings from all over Halkidiki, ranging from the Bronze Age to the Roman periods. They are arranged into two areas of the museum and include: (1) Prehistoric findings (pottery, tools, fly-wheel of a spindle) from Olynthos, Saint Mamas and Molyvopyrgo, (2) Reliefs and inscribed monuments from the Classical and Hellenistic periods, including columns and contracts, inscribed on stone surfaces, recording the sales of houses and vineyards, (3) Local Ceramics and adventitious information from the archaic and classical eras, (4) Metal Products (weapons, jewellery) of the post-archaic and the classical eras, in particular, the artefacts discovered buried in tombs from all over the region of Halkidiki, such as those at Kastri, Afitos, N. Marmaras, Plana and Pyrgadikia, (5) Myrtle, ivy and oak wreaths of outstanding beauty decorated with lead crown, copper and gold plated leaves and stalks, and gold-plated clay fruits and flowers. These date back from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd century BC, (6) Items of daily use and worship from ancient Olynthos, depicting the life of a city during the 4th century BC (women’s clay busts, figurines, ceramic tiles with representations of gods, etc.), (7) Clay Parts of the church roof from the temple of Zeus Ammon of ancient Afytios, in the present day town of Kallithea. The relics represent fragments of vessels, with their markings restored, and are exhibited along with a marble head of Dionysus, (8) An Unfinished Kouros (male youth statuette) found in the sea just off Olympiada (ancient Stageira), (9) Two Marble Statues from Potidea and two from Stratoni, dating to the 1st century BC. The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros also exhibits the archaeological collection of I. Lambropoulos which includes about 800 objects (pottery, bronze vessels, weapons, funeral gifts, etc.).



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    History & Folklore Museum (Arnea)

    The History & Folklore Museum of Arnaia is located in the town of Arnaia in Halkidiki, belongs to the municipality and it is located behind the National Bank in the town centre. It is housed in a two-storey town-house of the eighteenth century, which was owned by Konstandinos Katsangelos and used to house the folklore collection put together by the Arnaia Cultural and Educational Association. After being renovated it has opened as a museum in the summer of 1999. The purpose of the museum is to display artefacts of the popular culture of Arnaia and the surrounding area. As one enters the building, the first hall contains typical examples of the architectural heritage of Arnaia, and the second traditional folk instruments. Apart from this, on the ground floor there is a display of agricultural implements (for sowing, reaping, threshing), bread-making equipment (millstones, kneading boards, proving troughs, bread-stamps), bee-keeping equipment (hives, frames, an extractor for centrifuging the honey from the cells, skeps), carpentry equipment (vices, moulds for rooftiles and bricks, files, planes). On the mezzanine floor is the wherewithal for preparing and serving coffee, and on the first floor weaving equipment (a loom, a distaff, cards, a spinning wheel, carding machines), and tools and utensils for everyday use (cooking utensils, receptacles for carrying water, cauldrons, washing troughs, a brazier). One particularly important exhibit is the Arnaia fire-engine, which is 200 years old and based on the force-pump invented by Ktesibios (285-220 B.C). Its basic operating principle is the piston, and it consists of bronze receptacles fitted with two pistons, between which the water passes and is stored in the receptacles.



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    Museum of Fishing Vessels & Equipment (Nea Moudania)

    The Museum of Fishing Vessels & Equipment is already known as a forty-year unstoppable effort by Stavros Kovrakis, a true legendary collector of sea treasures all over Greece, while there is also great support by the Yacht Club of Moudania in Halkidiki. The most important impact of this Museum is on the educational and research areas, while there is also foresight about the local identity and characteristics by keeping these features alive in Moudania during the years. The displayed items are mainly ancient anchors, fishing nets, fishing rods and hooks, compasses, beacons, lamps, torches as well as many other intriguing exhibits. Moreover, there are some 3D recreations of a wide range of fishing techniques, by explaining how the different kinds of vessel and net are used, with replicas of former fishing boats and a prosperous archive of old documents and fishing illustrations. The most notable item in the Museum of Fishing Vessels & Equipment is the boyiandes, a traditional fishing vessel previously seen in the Sea of Marmara, introduced to Greek Seas by the refugees from Asia Minor. Last but not least, the Museum offers a glorious insight into the weird and supernatural world under the sea level, with its vast range of plant and animal life.



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    Religion Features of Halkidiki
    Mount Athos: The Unique Monastic State

    MEET THE DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE, SYMBOL OF ORTHODOX RELIGION
    The eastern peninsula of Halikidiki is in effect an autonomous religious community where a host of Christian Orthodox monasteries are perched high upon its spectacular cliffs. Monks find in Mt. Athos a spiritual place and a remnant of the Byzantine Empire, complete with the monk’s adherence to the Julian calendar. Only male visitors are allowed on Mt. Athos, and each can stay for four nights at the monasteries as guest. The Athos Cruise is a combination of a historical, educational but yet a leisurely voyage recommended to everyone. Athos, which is at the third peninsula of Chalkidiki, is a theocratic state dedicated to the glory of God and the preservation of Orthodoxy. To the Greeks it is known as the “garden of the Blessed Virgin”. Civilization has not intruded into the Holy Mountain which is inhabited solely by monks. Centuries of isolation and devotion have endowed the Holy Mountain with a unique mystical atmosphere. While we sail along the costs of the peninsula, we will enjoy the unique landscape and the magnificent architecture of the monasteries.


    Summer Activities
    Water Sports in Halkidiki

    For adventurous sea lovers & vacationers
    Halkidiki is famous for exciting activities for everyone wants to enjoy its beautiful beaches! There are various water sports you could partake in. If it is related to water, you can count on the fact that it will be avaiable in Halkidiki! So, what are some of the water things to do in Halkidiki beaches? Whether you are a top notch wakeboarder or waterskiier or just a first timer, Business Travel will get you out on the Halkidiki’s sea shores having water fun! You will have the opportunity to enjoy every water sport you have ever imagined during your vacations! Water sports in Halkidiki include waterskiing, wakeboarding, watersurfing, kayaking, flyboarding, tubing and many boat tours. There are plenty spots all over Halkidiki peninsula where fully licensed captains and professional instructors are available for you! Water Sports in Halkidiki, come and enjoy! Water Fun for the whole family!

    Drive off-road in Halkidiki..
    Get the adrenaline flowing!

    Jeep Safaris all over Halkidiki peninsula
    In Halkidiki, the visitor may follow one of the many paths through the forests, cliffs and long, sandy beaches, ideal to practice and experience the Jeep Safari sessions. There is also a wide variety of drift roads to explore, which are currently connecting the remote villages of Halkidiki. Off-road excitements on rocky and hardly accessible paths are waiting for you and your 4×4 vehicle in order to discover them! Business Travel offers you a wide range of day-long excursions by 4×4 jeeps, with the support of a multilingual driver and guidance, totally organized and absolutely safe! Follow the old paths that villagers and travellers passed throughout the centuries, in which infinite flora and fauna as well as animals still find a refuge! If you want to combine off-road driving with other mountain adevturous sports such as trekking, gliding and climbing then it is also possible and highly recommended! What are you waiting for? Rent your vehicle, get all the necessary equipment and hit the Halkidiki’s roads this summer!

    Horseback Riding in Halkidiki
    For Adults & Children

    Enjoy the sunset by riding in the sandy shores of Halkidiki
    The horseback riding tours in Halkidiki vary in lenght and cake take 1-4 hours depending on the pace that you ride and the terrain. During the high summer season you will have the opportunity to ride early in the morning and in the early evening due to the excessive heat. Beach rides all over Halkidiki start as early as 8 o’clock in the morning, while there are specific trails and paths for intermediate and advanced users whereas the beginners have their own support and horse guidance by professional and skilled tutors. Business Travel offers you the right set of circumstances to meet the animals, find out about their individual stories and what have gone through. Whether you are looking to get off the beaten track and head off into the hillsides, or trek along the stunning sandy beaches of Halkidiki, horse riding is a lovely way to show your passion to the peninsula’s natural beauty overall!

    Gastronomic Journey in Halkidiki
    The Gourmet side of the Peninsula

    Taste responsibly.
    Halkidiki is the most appropriate place to appreciate the healthy tastes of the Mediterranean cuisine, while there are plenty of restaurants and local tavernas which are waiting for you to pleasure you with savory dishes made from the purest natural ingredients. It is widely known that the special climate of Halkidiki favors the development of unique local products such as: olives and olive oil, pine forests made honey, wines from Greek grape varieties, which you can find them in food boutiques and farmer markets organized every week in Halkidiki’s villages. Thus, the gastronomy side of Halkidiki would be insufficient without let you know about the food festivals and feasts taking place every year in Sani Gourmet Festival (annual celebration) where many of famous chefs all around the world meet up the Greek cuisine and culture. A whole range of gastronomic activities are open to you, just taste and let your senses free!

    Wine Routes of Halkidiki
    Vineyards neighbour with the Sea

    Excellent quality wines & vine products.
    Halkidiki has a proper wine-making history since the ancient Greece days and it has become a prominent destination for wine lovers through the years. In particular, Mount Athos and Sithonia host a large number of wineries in Northern Greece as across the gulf to the east of the Athos peninsula, within the monastic territory there is a Tsantali vineyard, which has the prospect of bringing the cultural side of Athos wines to the abroad world overseas. Explore the gorgeous regions of Halkidiki, walk through its wine routes and visit the renowned wineries next to endless stretches of vineyards! Wine lovers can sample the local fruit of the vine in the wineries, while they are taking a taste of the sunny climate which is responsible for the cultivation of top quality wine varieties! Do not miss the chance to taste the local red wine from a nativate variety, already mentioned in the writing of Aristotle!

    SPA & Thalassotherapy Treatments
    Exclusive Natural Relaxation

    Living well is always essential.
    More than sixty trace elements, minerals, and vitamins that our bodies need are contained in sea water. Thus, it is high time to explore the natural healing properties of sea water in the resorts of Halkidiki. Increasingly, more and more people are turning to thalassotherapy for its anti-aging treatments as well as for its effectiveness with its calming approach. Many hotels have constructed luxury facilities, provided them with the appropriate fitness equipment as well as specialized coaches from all over the world in order to offer to Halkidiki visitors high level SPA services. Porto Carras Resort is offering a wide range of Thalasso and SPA treatments, while it is ensured to provide the perfect relaxation and rejuvenation of the body and the soul. Pamper yourself at Porto Carras’ thalassotherapy and spa centers, which are two of the biggest in South Eastern Europe.

    Golf Tourism in Halkidiki
    Summer Sports Experience

    Golf is a way of life.
    Have you ever listened about golf in Greece? Probably no, but the sport is picking up speed recently! There are only six (6) golf courses in the whole country, one of them is located in Sithonia region of Halkidiki, into the Porto Carras Golf Club in Neos Marmaras and it is quite impressive! Well-heeled tourists are demanding golf among the other holiday amenities Greece has to offer. If you are a dedicated golfer, here is where you can practice your swing. The Porto Carras Grand Resort is located on the Halkidiki peninsula about 50 miles south of the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. The course started out as 9-hole, designed by Geoffrey Cornish and William Robinson, but was redesigned in 2003 by Roy Machary and opened the following year as an 18-hole par 71 course. The Porto Carras Golf Course has a brand new clubhouse, practice range and practice green.


    Nightlife in Halkidiki
    Non-stop entertainment exists!

    Sea, Sand, Music, Colours & Dance.
    The epicenter of nightlife and entertainment in Halkidiki is Kassandra, which is the first peninsula of the whole region. In Kassandra, visitors and tourists can always spot on all-night clubs and lounge seaside bars which manage to organize beach parties, especially in Sani, Pefkochori, Kallithea and Fourka where there are plenty of lively bars to spend the night in totally vivid rhythms. On the other side, Sithonia is widely noted for its lounge nightlife, with Neos Marmaras region to be the most highlighted place for its bars and cafes. Additionally, you can choose to spend your night in a more peaceful enviroment combining it with a romantic dinner in one of Halkidiki’s impressive coast-line restaurants. Enjoy the nightlife of Halkidiki and keep yourselves awake till the sun comes up! Do not forget, nightlife and Halkidiki are synonyms for years!

    Porto Carras Casino
    Located in the heart of Sithonia

    Discreet gaming atmosphere & luxury services.
    The Porto Carras Casino is a must for all visitors to this spectacular resort, instantly transporting guests to a world of luxury gaming with the casinos unique New Orleans atmosphere. Once inside guests can begin their casino experience with a beverage in the New Orleans Bar or a meal in the luxury restaurant. For special occasions there is an exclusive private area, which offers a discreet gaming atmosphere and first class luxury services. The casino is open until the early hours, with plenty of live evening entertainment and music to keep guests entertained as they try their luck.