The Bright Side of AthensThe Capital of Modern Greece Imagine it, believe it! Feel the Athenian vibes! Athens. The modern capital of Greece with the most illustrious ancient history worldwide, a city which is totally admired by gods and people, a truly magnificent city. Athens is […]

Athens

The Bright Side of Athens
The Capital of Modern Greece

Imagine it, believe it! Feel the Athenian vibes!
Athens. The modern capital of Greece with the most illustrious ancient history worldwide, a city which is totally admired by gods and people, a truly magnificent city. Athens is situated in the prefecture of Attica and extends to the peninsula that reaches up to Central Greece. The capital of Modern Greece has always been a native home for civilization. Furthermore, it is the city where the democracy was born and most of the wise men of the ancient history had as their motherplace. The most principal civilization of ancient world grew up in Athens and relives through some of the world’s most respected edifices and monuments.

Discover The Ancient Side of Athens
Who hasn’t heard of Acropolis?

An unprecedented conceptual design; embodied in architectural excellence.
Combine the finest pieces of art, science as well as philoshophy and you will get as a result the ultimate monument of ancient Greek human civilization. In UNESCO words, it is the absolute symbol of World Heritage, while the people name it the Athenian Acropolis! Acropoli’s history is extensive, with many alternations during the years when art, democracy and philosophy reached the highest level, leading to its creation. Back in the days, there were times when its finest standing pieces were abstracted and transfered away from the city of Athens, dividing the ancient monument in two. Nowadays, the international community wants to get all of the Acropolis sculptures back in Athens and restore both its physicality and historical essence. If you are in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East, you are just a few hours away from the Acropolis’ monument. If you are in the Americas or the Far East, you have a totally important reason to fly to Europe and visit Athens.


Athens proudly presents The Parthenon
The best gem upon her zone

The temple of Parthenon was dedicated to the goddess Athena.
The Parthenon is the most significant and exceptional monument of the ancient Greek civilization as it still keeps its basic characteristics and remains a worldwide symbol of Athens. Parthenon was dedicated to goddess Athena, who was the guardian of Athens back in the mythology years. Furthermore, it was built between 447 and 438 B.C. and its sculptural ornamentation was completed in 432 B.C. The final construction of Parthenon temple was initiated by Pericles, but the chief supervisor of the whole monument was Pheidias, the well-known Athenian sculptor, while at the same time Ictinus and Callicrates were the major architects of this memorial building. Also, it is important to underline that Parthenon was built in the Doric order and it is worth mentioning that the basic material used for its construction was Pentelic marble. The Parthenon is undoubtedly the building most closely associated with the city of Athens, a remarkable symbol of ancient Greek and Athenian culture, one more reason to visit Athens in the near future.


Ancient Athenian Agora
The best-known example of Classical Athens

The heart of political, commercial, administrative and social activity.
The Ancient Athenian Agora was the marketplace and urban center, was one of the most remarkable sports of the ancient city of Athens and today is located beneath the northwest slope of the Acropolis. Additionally, it was a place where people gathered in order to purchase and sell various commodities, while it was also a place where Athenians met up to debate about different communal topics: business, politics, current cultural events, or the nature of the universe and the divine. The Ancient Athenian Agora, where ancient Greek Democracy flourished for the first time, provides an excellent opportunity to discover the commerical, political, religious and cultural way of life in one of the most considerable cities of the ancient world.


The New Acropolis Museum
High Contemporary Architecture

Acropolis museum is a place where Time is transformed into space.
The Acropolis Museum was constructed in order to exhibit all the momentous findings from the Sacred Rock and its foothills. The two architects behind this glorious building are Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiades and it was launched during the summer days of 2009. The Acropolis Museum hosts its ancient compilation across three levels, as well as in the archaeological diggings that lies at its foundations.


National Archaeological Museum
An extensive collection of ancient Greek Art

A great alternative for a rainy or hot day in Athens.
The National Archaeological Museum is the most spacious museum in Greece and on of the largest worldwide. However its main objective was to secure all the findings from the 19th century excavations all over Athens, it progresivelly became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enhanced with discoveries from all over the Greek land. Moreover, its generous collections, with more than 11.000 exhibits, provide a huge panorama of Greek civilization from the starting point of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is hosted in an imperial neoclassical building of the end of the 19th century, which was schemed by L. Lange and finally remodelled by Ernst Ziller. Furthermore, it is worthy mentioning that there are plenty of exhibits and galleries on each floor of the museum, accounting for a total of 8.000 square metres, such as: Prehistoric Collections from the 6th millenium B.C. to 1050 B.C., Sculptures Collections which highlight the step-up of ancient Greek sculpture betwen the 5th and 7th Century B.C., Vase & Minor Objects Collection which represents the admirable pottery ancient works as well as the Metallurgy Collection with a large number of fundamental statues and figures.


Athens Attractions
Ancient Sites & Monuments

Extraordinary tourist sights in the city of Athens.
Athens still remains one of the most fascinating Greek destinations to visit and explore. As there is no end of monumental sights and attractions in the capital of Greece and you may only have a few days to discover its picturesque alleys and top notch sights, Business Travel brings to you a mini overview of the must see places in Athens. Do not forget that Athens is most recognized for its glorious history and culture, that is why you cannot leave the city without spending some time sightseeing. Simply lift your head high during your wandering and admire some of the most dominant historical areas of Athens, churches as well as superior museums. Let’s start the Athenian Tour!


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.


Byzantine & Christian Museum
A veritable treasury of Byzantine art & culture

An Orthodox journey between the 3rd and 20th century AD.
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 War Museum of Athens
Military artifacts exhibition & memorabilia

A must-visit museum for military history enthusiasts.
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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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
Explore the evolution of Islamic civilization

Islam’s role in Mediterranean world & its links with Greco-Roman traditions.
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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TECHNOPOLIS – CITY OF ATHENS
A HUB OF CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

MUSIC, DANCE, PERFORMING & APPLIED ARTS IN A TOTALLY MODERN ENVIRONMENT.
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.


The Panathenaic Stadium
A venue for competition & fair play of mind and body.

Its rich history is directly connected to the Modern Olympic Games.
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!

More Athens’ Museums & Landmarks
Keep the knowledge flowing!

Exceptional historical buildings & galleries in Modern Athens.
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Athens City Sightseeing
Hop On – Hop Off (Athens – Piraeus – Beaches)

Get your bird’s eye view for every attraction and save energy!

Athens Line: The first line brings you to the Central part of Athens, beginning from the Syntagma Square Terminal, and gives you the opportunity to discover the Plaka region, the New Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis as well as the Parthenon monuments, the Temple of Zeus, the National Gardens, the Benaki Museum, the Panathenaic Stadium, the House of Parliament, the National Library, the Archaeological Museum, the Omonia Square, the Karaiskaki Square, the Monastiraki region and finally the Kotzia Square. Each tour takes approximately 90 minutes and has a commentary in 11 languages that traces the history and culture of Athens. Additionally, you can Hop On – Hop Off from any one of the 15 stops as many times as you wish and the Athens Line buses are available every 30 minutes.

Piraeus Line: The Athens & Piraeus Tour departs from Akti Miaouli (near the Cruise Ship Terminal) and gives you the chance to explore the most historical places of Piraeus, such as the Lion’s Gate, the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Votsalakia Beach, the Mikrolimano Harbour, the Planetarium, the Acropolis & Parthenon monuments and finally the Municipal Theater of Piraeus. In addition, the Piraeus Line meets the Athens Line after 30 minutes in Acropolis bus stop and there is also a live tour commentary in 11 languages as well.

Beach Line: The Beach – Riviera Line passes along the scenic seaside road of Glyfada, a fashionable, shopping and dining town. Then, the tour continues through Voula and Kavouri regions and stops at three choice beaches, Agios Kosmas Beach, a no-entrance fee beach with sand, pebbles and clean waters; Asteria Glyfada Beach, an organized beach with many amenities (entrance fee included) and Akti Vouliagmeni Beach, the most delightful and spectacular seashore resort of Athens with an excellent bay and all the amenities inside (entrance fee included). The Beach Line tour ends at the famous Vouliagmeni Spa Lake, a warm water lake with health benefits.


Shopping Therapy in Thessaloniki
Local shopping Districts

Souvenirs, boutiques & malls.
In Thessaloniki’s city center it is more than certain that you will find the shopping area extremely convenient. All you will have to do is a city walk downtown wander around the “square” that is formed from four major streets: Egnatia Str., Ethnikis Amynis Str., Nikis Avenue and Venizelou Street. In this central area you may find yourself from being lost in a department store or staring the storefront of an international brand to discovering a unique bargain in an independent local brand or tasting delicacies in the famous food markets of Thessaloniki. Thus, Tsimiski Street is the major axis of Thessaloniki city center and the biggest shopping district. It’s the street where you can find famous international brands such as Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Diesel, Intimissimi and many others. Moreover, you will come across with five multi-storey department stores Notos Galleries, Fokas, Kanellopoulos, Marks & Spencer, Fena Fresh and the shopping center named Plateia with plenty of stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment options. For more luxurious brands you will have to go in a smaller parallel called Proxenou Koromila Str. where you can fine brands such as D&G, Burberry and many others. Also, there are plenty of alternatives such as the three common brand shopping malls of Thessaloniki, Mediterranean Cosmos Mall, One Salonica Mall as well as Mega Outlet stores.


Mediterranean Cosmos Mall

Mediterranean Cosmos is a shopping mall located in the east side of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. It opened in October 2005 and claims to be the largest retail and entertainment development in Southeastern Europe. It contains more than 200 retail units and facilities including an 11-screen multiplex cinema, numerous shops of fashion and electronics goods as well as coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, a supermarket, an amphitheatre with a capacity of 400 people and an Eastern Orthodox church. The mall is located about 5 km away from Thessaloniki International Airport, “Macedonia”, close to the busy suburb of Kalamaria and the Interbalkan Medical Center. It can be accessed by Greek National Road 67, the highway connecting Thessaloniki with the southern part of Chalkidiki. Inside the mall, a multitude of roads and squares have been created to reflect the character of traditional cities of Northern Greece, in combination with the advantages of a modern city’s centre.



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One Salonica Outlet Mall

The new big Outlet Mall in northern Greece, which opened recently, is the ultimate destination for shopping at incredibly competitive prices, great variety of products and excellent entertainment for the whole family. In a bright environment with impressive architecture that incorporates contrasting elements such as wood and metal, cement and green, the visitor can enjoy his stay satisfying his needs and desires. One Salonica Outlet Mall is in a privileged location at Thessaloniki’s West entrance, at the exit of Egnatia Road, that connects the city with the rest of Northern Greece and Balkans, just 3 km from the city center, making it an attractive destination. It has 60 branded Greek and internationally renowned shops of all kinds on the ground floor and on the first floor for shopping, while second floor has been formed offering options for fun. All kinds of guests, fashionistas, teenagers, families, young professionals and tourists can gain access to the most popular designer, fashion, sports and lifestyle brands at prices up to 70% lower than the market’s ones, throughout the year. On the 2nd floor of One Salonica Outlet Mall, visitors can relax by having lunch in the extremely pleasant environment. Great choices among Greek traditional tastes and international meals like McDonalds. For dessert, you should choose the delicious Cinnabon sweets or the authentic Greek frozen yoghurts.



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Mega Outlet Mall

Mega Outlet Mall is the only discount shopping center in North Greece. The location of Mega Outlet Mall provides easy access to the residents of the town, as it is only 10 km away from the city center, but also to the guests from the wider region of Macedonia and Balcanian countries. It is also easy to reach from Macedonia Airport as it is only 3.5 km away. You can discover a shopping heaven with total surface 15.000 m2 . Here you can find 92 individual stores with over 400 world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, in very low prices all year round! In Mega Outlet Mall you can enjoy exceptional offers. You can find your favorite brands (menswear, womenswear, kidswear) at discount prices all year long. You have the opportunity to create numeral combinations, choosing among the most stylish collections of clothing, shoes, accessories (sunglasses, bags, luggages and travel accessories, jewellery, watches), cosmetics, perfumes, lingerie for any occasion (casualwear, sportswear) and any demand.



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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.


Shopping Therapy in Thessaloniki
Local shopping Districts

Souvenirs, boutiques & malls.
In Thessaloniki’s city center it is more than certain that you will find the shopping area extremely convenient. All you will have to do is a city walk downtown wander around the “square” that is formed from four major streets: Egnatia Str., Ethnikis Amynis Str., Nikis Avenue and Venizelou Street. In this central area you may find yourself from being lost in a department store or staring the storefront of an international brand to discovering a unique bargain in an independent local brand or tasting delicacies in the famous food markets of Thessaloniki. Thus, Tsimiski Street is the major axis of Thessaloniki city center and the biggest shopping district. It’s the street where you can find famous international brands such as Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Diesel, Intimissimi and many others. Moreover, you will come across with five multi-storey department stores Notos Galleries, Fokas, Kanellopoulos, Marks & Spencer, Fena Fresh and the shopping center named Plateia with plenty of stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment options. For more luxurious brands you will have to go in a smaller parallel called Proxenou Koromila Str. where you can fine brands such as D&G, Burberry and many others. Also, there are plenty of alternatives such as the three common brand shopping malls of Thessaloniki, Mediterranean Cosmos Mall, One Salonica Mall as well as Mega Outlet stores.