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Arnaia is the most traditional village of Chalkidiki, having been designated by the Ministry of Culture as a “Historic Site”. It is built amphitheatrically, at the foot of Holomont, at an altitude of 600m., in a lush landscape with forests and plenty of running water. Her old name was Larigova or Liarigovi.

Throughout the village you will see a large number of old traditional houses of significant architectural value, made of stone and wood. They are works of Arvanites and Epirus technicians.

The reference point of the village is the central square, the “bazaar”, with the – age-old plane tree – a trademark of the village, through which drinking water flows. In the stone-built alleys, which start radially from the square, creating smaller squares and neighborhoods, one can admire the rich, traditional stock that this place has.

Visit the colorful and stone-built “Giannoudenas Square”, where the most remarkable samples of Arniotian architecture are gathered and visit the two exceptional museums: the textile museum and the folklore museum, and get lost in the beauty of the past!

In the cobbled streets of the village, where you will walk, you will enjoy another atmosphere, taken from time and seasons. You will see the cruciform with dome Church of Agios Anargyros, the imposing stone building of the primary school and you will taste organic honey, cheese, wines, mudovina, pastries, tulips and yogurt. Arnaia is the main area in organic primary production!

Arnaia is a tourist attraction all year round as it is located among forests and many people choose it to do agritourism, to walk on the paths in the dense mountains and to enjoy nature and the fresh air. In summer it is an ideal destination for an afternoon walk or for a meal in the traditional taverns of the central square. At a distance of 15 km from Arnaia are Stageira, the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle, where there is the park of Aristotle that is worth seeing for you and your children.

Arnaia is considered a wonderful place for vacation and mountain tourism. And this is not said from narrow localistic perceptions, but based on reality. Because Arnaia is right in huge forests, with all the facilities of accommodation, with fresh air, with coolness, with wonderful cool water, without mosquitoes that fill the beaches in summer, with the possibility of walks in magical countryside and with a quiet and pleasant sleep, provides all the possibilities of vacation and mountain tourism.
It has the privilege to be almost an hour (70 km) away from Thessaloniki, and 30 km from the sea, with a journey of less than half an hour.

In addition to the benefits it offers in the field of mountain tourism, Arnaia is also an ideal destination for the summer, as it is very close to beautiful beaches of Halkidiki, which offer clear and safe waters, as well as spacious sandy beaches. At a distance of just 35 minutes by car you will find the beach of Ierissos, which is very famous and constitutes one of the all-time classic beaches of Halkidiki. The beach of Ierissos offers an organized part with sunbeds and beach bars for the lovers of comfort, as well as a free part for those who prefer the peace and quiet.

At the same distance, about 35 minutes through the provincial road of Polygyros-Ierissos, you can find Akti Pyrgos of Gomatio, Halkidiki. This is a beach with amazing natural beauty, which does not lack affordable luxury, as those who wish can find beach bars with elegant design and very good service.

Another beach that you can reach in 30 minutes through the provincial road of Thessaloniki-Ierissos is Stratoni. It is a quiet, spacious beach, with soft sand and clear blue waters, with great options for coffee and food.

ACTIVITIES & SIGHTS:

Eastern Chalkidiki and the region of Arnaia is the place that gives you many opportunities for day trips, since the alternation of the place (300 km of coastline between three mountains protected by the European Treaty of Natura 2000) enables the development of natural phenomena and human activities, which are rarely found in a single holiday destination.

– Walks in Arnaia:

. Starting from the main square, whichever road you follow you will need a maximum of 10 to 20 minutes to complete a very interesting walk.

. The Municipality has designed 6 distinct walking routes with the aim of serving the visitors and the easier acquaintance with the architectural wealth of the settlement. All routes start and end radially in the main square, revealing both the near and far corners of the settlement.

. The shortest walking route (10 minutes) is the one marked in red on the map and passes through Gerogianni Square and Kari Pazari. The larger ones, such as the green and the yellow, lead to the northern ends of the historic center, reaching as far as Horostasi and the church of Agios Stefanos.

  • Historical Folklore Museum: The Historical and Folklore Museum is located in a stone-built, narrow street near the central square of Arnaia and is part of the historic center of the settlement. It is housed in the mansion of Iatrou, or Giatratiko, one of the most beautiful buildings of the settlement and the oldest in Chalkidiki. It probably dates to the second half of the 18th century, or the beginning of the 19th. The building belonged to Konstantinos Katsangelos and housed the folklore collection, which had been placed by the Cultural and Educational Association of Arnaia. It has been operating as a museum since the summer of 1999 and today belongs to the Municipality of Aristotle.
  • Weaving Museum: The best way to get acquainted with the weaving art and the local tradition is to visit the Weaving Museum which is housed in a traditional two-storey building in Arnaia. It was a private residence and is known as the house of Giannoudenas. It dates back to 1870. The building was restored and properly designed by the Municipality to house the Museum of Textiles.
  • Church of Agios Stefanos: Three-aisled basilica with a bell tower dating from 1889. It is the only church in Greece that operates for the needs of the faithful while it is built on antiquities of great value – and even visible, since on the floor of the church there are special windows. In the famous bell tower of the church, when they were liberated from the Turkish yoke, the Arnaiotes hung a historical clock that the Turks had transported from the village of Tepalides, when they destroyed Liarigovi in ​​1821.
  • Agia Paraskevi Grove: it is one of the most popular recreation areas and is only 2 km from Arnaia. The walk in the grove of Agia Paraskevi with the oaks, the church of the same name and the refreshments will refresh you and relax you. Schools from all over Chalkidiki and dozens of people touring the Municipality of Aristotle visit it all seasons. Here, on July 26, one of the biggest festivals in the area takes place.
  • Profitis Ilias: hill of Profitis Ilias has a beautiful view and has always been a strategic point of control of the area. It is located near Arnaia and is considered the citadel of the ancient Arnes mentioned by Thucydides in the Peloponnesian War. The excavations of 2003 by the 10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, led by archaeologist I. Papagelos, highlighted the wall, while the ruins of the Acropolis are preserved on the slopes. Ceramics, coins and tombs have been found. The hill got its name from the chapel that exists there.
  • Claudia Papagianni Winery

In the wider area of ​​Arnaia:

  • Aristotle Park: It is the only theme park in Chalkidiki. It is worth visiting to see the interesting instruments and enjoy the wonderful view to the bay of Ierissos. The grove pre-existed and the magnificent location was chosen in 1956 to house the imposing statue of Aristotle, the work of the sculptor Nicholas, to honor the great philosopher who was born in Ancient Stageira.
  • Ancient Stageira: The most important historical site of Chalkidiki, the ancient Stageira, is located on the Liotopi peninsula, next to today’s Olympiada. Browsing is a real pleasure. In fact, if you want to see them all, know that you will need at least 2 to 3 hours and do not miss the coastal path which is wonderful. The city was founded in 665 BC, by Ionian settlers who arrived from the island of Andros, while a little later settlers from Chalkida also settled there.
  • Ancient Akanthos: Ancient Akanthos was spread on three hills of Mount Stratonikos in an area of ​​560 acres, about 600 meters southeast of the settlement of Ierissos. The walled city got its name either from the many thorns of the area, or from the thorny formation of the fortification. No systematic excavation has been carried out. Some of the travelers of the last century mention the existence of an ancient pier in the port of the city. Indeed, the current traces of ancient Akanthou start from the beach of Ierissos, where remnants of the quay of the ancient port are preserved. The most impressive of the ruins are the walls of the citadel, as parts up to 8 meters high are preserved!
  • Ancient Sani: According to the few ancient sources, in the wider area of ​​Nea Rhodes, Chalkidiki, there are three important archeological sites, ancient Sani, colony of Andria, the canal opened by Xerxes, in order to avoid the dangerous sea of ​​Mount Athos, his campaign in Greece, and finally the ancient Ouranoupolis (or Ouranopolis), the fortified city founded by Alexander, brother of Cassander, at the end of the 4th century BC.
  • Barbara Waterfalls: The harmony of nature includes two incredible waterfalls and is completed with orchards, alders, lindens, beeches, wild hazelnuts that grow all around, while the rocks with bright colors form a kind of gate at the top. Both the location and the sense of calm, serenity and contact with the natural element make you think you have discovered a piece of earthly paradise.
  • Mid-Byzantine castle Neposi: Southwest of the settlement Paleochori, at the top of a steep hill in the wider area with the place name Neposi, is Kastelli. The hill is surrounded by the waters of the stream Paleochorinos Lakkos, a tributary of the Havria, the river Ormylia There is only one narrow and inaccessible path that connects the inaccessible hill with the mountain that extends to its east. However, the castle is not visible from a distance, because around it rise larger mountains, the natural terrain is very intense and the vegetation is lush.
  • Mount Athos:

The Monastic Community of Mount Athos (Agion Oros) is geographically defined by the boundaries of the Athos peninsula, the easternmost leg of the larger Chalkidiki peninsula, being a self-governing community within the Greek territory.

Mount Athos is a living worshiping and hesychastic community with continuous and uninterrupted presence that spans over a millennium. It consists of twenty sovereign Monasteries, skētes (smaller communities of Christian hermits with a common area of worship), cells and kathismata (units with a small church operated by the monks living under the spiritual and administrative supervision of a monastery) scattered throughout the peninsula. For more than a thousand years successively, the Holy Mountain operates as one of the most important cultural conservatories for both the Orthodox Christian and the Greek civilization. Directly and tangibly associated with the Byzantine world in all of its religious and cultural manifestations, the twelve century years old monastic community constitutes a living record of human activities, preserving an enormous wealth of historic, artistic and cultural elements that includes manuscripts, incunabula and post-incunabula.

The Holy Mountain is a monumental complex of an outstanding universal value, listed in the Unesco World Heritage List (WHL 454) since:

  1. a) It constitutes a unique artistic creation that combines the physical environment of the location with the expanded forms of architectural creation.
  2. b) Being an Orthodox spiritual center since the 10th century, the Holy Mountain still retains its prominent role within the Orthodox world by its presence and its spiritual impact in the Balkan peninsula and Russia, as well as in the United States of America, England, Finland and Africa.  

    c) The structured human habitation, from the 10thcentury onwards, has fashioned establishments intended for both communal and liturgical activities, such as the Catholicon (the central Church of the monastery), the refectory, the monks’ cells, hospital, libraries, chapels etc. There are also defensive structures, such as fortified towers and harbors, while the skētes,the cells and the kathismata have become a model for Orthodox monastic institutions.
     
    d) The Fathers at the Holy Mountain have developed and preserved a traditional mode of living and a unique management practice, where sustainability finds its true meaning in our post-modern society. Karies is the capital of Mount Athos. It is a small village that has some houses, shops and few temples. Here is situated the building of Holy Community, where the representatives of the twenty Monasteries In front of this building stands the temple of Protaton, the cathedral of Karies. There is kept the miraculous icon AXION ESTI. Opposite the Protato, lies an ancient tower. Inside the tower is the library where is kept the first document of Mount Athos, written on goat skin and called “Tragos”.

RESTAURANT & ENTERTAINMENT:

Platanos, Greek Cuisine

You can try traditional Greek grilled plates in the center of the village of Arnaia

Tavern Delicious, Restaurant

Good food for all tastes (meat and fish), accompanied by Greek music.

 Bakatsianos, Restaurant

You can enjoy a wide variety of Mediterranean and Greek flavors while enjoying the view of the green grove of Agia Paraskevi.

Kabamaru, Restaurant

A restaurant that serves breakfast and brunch in the center of Arnaia.

Green Village, Restaurant

You can try special local recipes cooked in a wood oven and enjoy your coffee or drink in a pleasant environment.

Chasapakia, Grill

It is the ideal place for lovers of gyros and grilled meats. You will find it in Arnaia square.

Ainigma Café Snack Bar

You will find it in the center of the village. It offers a wide range of coffees, beverages, and breakfast or snack options.

– Café Petrino

Local coffee house, you will find it in Arnaia square. You can take a break while enjoying your coffee, juice or hot chocolate.

Rantevou Bar

This is a bar with a warm atmosphere, ideal for a drink or cocktail.

Arachova – Parnassos

Without doubt, the small town “Arachova” is the best place of Parnassos mountain. It is built on the southern slopes of the mountain and it reaches a gorge where river Plistos flows. Arachova is mainly known for its cosmopolitan air and this is the reason for its title “Mykonos of winter”. The central square is located at an altitude of 960 meters. Administratively Arachova is part of the prefecture of Boeotia and of the municipality of Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra. The wild beauty in combination with its authentic traditional character, its cosmopolitan face and the numerous activities offered by the enchanting Parnassos, classify Arachova at the top of the winter tourism in Greece and at the list of the top destinations for all seasons. The Ski Center of Parnassos with some of the most popular tracks for ski is 17 kilometers away. As for your access, the closest airport is the “Nea Anchialos National Airport” in a distance of 84 kilometers, while Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is 160 kilometers away.

AREA EXPERIENCES

If you really love to come in contact with nature, Arachova is the absolute destination for that. You can go hiking in the mountain, or walking in the village where the age-old plane trees, the stone-built central square, the tiled roofs of the houses, the panoramic view of Parnassos mountain, the smell of burnt wood from the chimneys and the taste of the traditional “gliko tou koutaliou” (which means, sweet of the spoon) from the local taverns stimulate all the senses making you feel really alive! At Parnassos, there are also offered a lot of alternative activities, such as:

  • Wine Tasting

At the small village “Polydrosos” of Parnassos mountain, the Argyriou family produces excellent wine at the winery “Argyriou”, which is also located at their own estate. There, at the specially designed cellar of the winery, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and taste the superb award-winning wines “Argyriou”.

  • Tours with ATV and Buggy

One of the best ways to know the wild nature of Parnassos mountain is driving a four wheel ATV! In this way, you will manage to traverse the nature through mud, snow, small creeks and small lakes. The only thing that is necessary for the tour with ATV is warm clothing and a scarf covering the whole face.

  • Horse Riding

Horse-riding is one of the top activities offered at mountain. If you dream to ride a beautiful horse staring at the snowy and fir-covered mountain slopes, the horse-riding at Parnassos is the ideal choice for you. At the village “Livadi of Arachova” there is space for equestrian activities. This location is perfect for horse-riding because it’s a quite large area, on a quiet dirt road far away from the crowds and with an unobstructed view at the fir forest and alpine Parnassos.

  • Snowmobile

If you visit Parnassos mountain in winter, you can live the exciting experience of driving or riding in the snow using a snowmobile. One of the most beautiful places where you can find rentals of snowmobiles is at Dokano (the place which connects Livadi with Eptalophos).

  • Walking with snow rackets

An amazing experience in winter is snowshoeing! It is considered one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy the snowy landscape. Snow rackets have a large surface and they don’t sink in the snow. As a result, walking or hiking on snowy forest roads and trails becomes an easy affair!

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

If you are mountain lovers and hunters of intense experiences and emotions, Parnassos is the right place for you. There are countless activities you can enjoy and many destinations to visit and create fantastic experiences during your stay at the foot of Mount Parnassos. We have the pleasure to suggest you some of them, such as:

  1. Skiing & Snowboard

Parnassos is famous for ski and snowboard. Parnassos Ski Center is the biggest ski resort in Greece. With the new state of the art releasable lifts at Kellaria and Fterolaka, Parnassos Ski Center is now in the list with the top ski resorts in the Balkans. There are two skiing areas at Parnassos Ski Center, Kellaria and Fterolakas, which have in total 21 pistes and 7 ski routes, 5 connective trails, 4 mini pistes for beginners with baby lifts with 34 km total length of the pistes. The descents begin at 2.260 m. and they reach down to 1.640 m. altitude, while their length is between 300 m. and 4 km. The fans of the powder will find many routes off the pistes for free ride. Also, there are 2 Snow Fun parks at Kellaria and Fterolaka. Four of the pistes, No6 Iniochos, No8 Iraklis, No9 Odysseas and No2 Vaccos, are certified by the International Ski Federation (F.I.S Homologation) for international ski competitions.

  1. Skiing with sea view (Ski Mountaineering)

From many parts of the ski area you can see the Gulf of Corinth as well as the Euboean Gulf. The possibility of skiing while having the Greek seas as a view skyrockets the skiing experience. Apart from skiing at Parnassos Ski Center, Parnassos is one of the most popular mountains for ski mountaineering in Greece. The great area of the mountain, the alpine field, the great snow cover that lasts for many months, the famous and big routes, as well as the existence of the Ski Resort contribute to the importance of Parnassos as a location for skiing and make it easier for many people to have access to the area of the ski mountaineering.

  1. Hiking

Mount Parnassos is full of sceneries that take your breath away. Alpine sceneries with a view to the sea, endless fir forests, ancient monuments and the oldest National Park in Greece are only some of them. Mount Parnassos offers you the opportunity to discover it from one edge to the other by hiking.

  • Paths and routes for every taste and ability. Over 100 km. of marked paths.
  • You will have the chance to visit the villages of Parnassos such as Arachova and Agoriani as well as the famous mythical caves of the mountain, such as Corycian Cave, while you have the opportunity to admire the entrance of Eptostomos, the southernmost glacier of Europe!
  • Among hiking highlights is the part of E4 European long distance path, which connects Delphi with the alpine village of Eptalofos (Agoriani). The route passes through dense fir forests, crossing the core of the Parnassos National Park. The path is part of the ancient path that connected Delphi with ancient Lilaia and northern Greece.
  • In addition, you can hike up to Fairy Cave, a cave full of lakes. A must visit on mount Parnassos.
  • Crossing Mount Parnassos from North to South
  • Hiking the ancient paths of Delphi 
  • Follow the footsteps of the ancient Greek pilgrims hiking the ancient path from Delphi to Kirra. The ancient path from Delphi to the port of ancient Kirra was used by the ancient pilgrims to reach the Oracle of Delphi. Running time is 4 hours and hiking takes place all year round.
  • One of the most extraordinary experiences is the night hikes under the light of the Full Moon. Be the first to enjoy the sunrise from the top of Mount Parnassos “Liakoura”, choosing an organized climb.
  • Winter hiking with snowshoeson the snowy paths of beautiful Parnassos. It is considered as one of the most amusing ways to have fun at a snowy landscape.
  1. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in mount Parnassos is an excellent experience that every visitor must give a try. Inside the enchanting environment of Parnassos National Park with the breathtaking sceneries, mountain bike experience doesn’t leave anyone untouched. Both experienced cyclists and beginners will find what they are looking for. Guided mountain bike tours are the best way to explore the area of Delphi and Parnassos mountain on a bike. With heights between sea level and 2457m., the area offers a wide range of cycling trails. The choice of all-day mountain bike tours or short rides offers everything your heart desires. The combination of riding and the unique mountain scenery of the Alps guarantees an unforgettable mountain bike experience. Mountain bikes can be rented along with the other equipment and spare parts such as helmet, ankles, knees, chest protectors and masks.

  1. Climbing

Being one of the greatest mountains in Greece, Parnassos couldn’t fail to have climbing fields. Here, there are some of the most known climbing fields in the country, such as the one of Kouvelos.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

When you are in the area of ​​Arachova, it is worth trying the local cuisine where all the dishes are made with love by the locals and pure raw materials of the area. What is certain is that, whatever your choice, the flavors of the region will fascinate you!

  1. Taverna Zachos, Arachova
  2. Τhe Folks Restaurant, Arachova
  3. “Babis” Tavern, Arachova
  4. “Ta Kopsidia”, Arachova
  5. Pizza Fuego, Arachova
  6. Tavern “To Agnantio”, Arachova
  7. Tavern “To Tsoukali”, Arachova
  8. Tavern “O Christos”, Arachova
  9. Tavern “Fterolakka”, Arachova
  10. Isidora Gallery Bar, Arachova
  11. Bello Panini Bar, Arachova

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MUSEUMS / MONUMENTS

  1. The Archaeological site of Delphi is located close to Arachova. The archaeological site of Delphi (Delfi)is one of the most important and richest in ancient findings places in Greece. DelphiIt was for centuries the religious and spiritual center of ancient Greek and there was a Panhellenic sanctuary and the most important oracle of ancient Greece.
  2. One of the most important monuments in Delphi is the Temple of Apollo which was located at a prominent and central position inside the Sanctuary. Before the temple took its current form from the ruins we can see today it was destroyed twice. In the temple, rituals were carried out that were related to worship, the greatest of which was the preparation of the prophecy. At the deeper level of the temple, the adyton was located, where the prophecy procedure took place and where only the priests who would interpret Pythia’s words had access and today we have very few evidences regarding its adornment.
  3. The Ancient Theatre of Delphi is a World Heritage Site in Delphi, at the southern part of mount Parnassos. The Ancient Theatre is located at the northwest part of the temple of Apollo and at its courtyard. During the ancient years, the reputation of the theatre was the same with the ancient stadium in Olympia, as it housed vocal and instrumental music games that were carried out for the Pythian Games and other religious celebrations and ceremonials offering the monument a spiritual and artistic value.
  4. The Folklore Museum of Eptalofos (Agoriani) has rare exhibits from the history and the folklore of Agoriani. At the Folklore Museum of Agoriani the visitor can dive into the culture and customs as well as the lifestyle of its citizens from the previous years. In the collection of the museum the guest can admire photographs from old Agoriani as well as domestic items, agricultural equipment, popular art and cottage industry items, local clothing and tools from the old professions of the village (etc. cobbler, cooper, shepherd, barber, tailor, grocer, coffee seller and many more). 
  5. In Arachova you can visit the ethnographic museum, the church of Agios Georgios and the trademark of the area, the famous Arachova’s clock.
  6. Tripi Waterfall, a beautiful place reminiscent of the Amazon, is located in the gorge of Velitsa on northeastern Parnassos at an altitude of 1250m. The starting point of the route is the village of Tithorea which is only 45 minutes away.

AGORIANI / EPTALOFOSDESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Agoriani (Eptalofos, as it is officially named) in the fir-covered landscape of Parnassos, creates a unique alpine setting and stands out as the ultimate winter destination! At a distance of just 24 km. from Arachova and with easy access to the Ski Center of Parnassos, in the western part of the mountain, surprises the enchanted visitors with its snow-covered landscape full of firs! Rushing inland, following the stone path next to the ravine, from the main square of the village you will find an oasis… the magnificent waterfall of Agoriani with its gurgling waters, which flow unstoppably. In the village you will also find old (but renovated) churches of the 19th century, such as the one built on a spring Agios Anargyros and Agia Paraskevi with the huge oak of Sikelianos.

AREA EXPERIENCES

If you really love to come in contact with nature, Agoriani is the absolute destination for that. You can go hiking in the mountain, or walking in the village where the age-old plane trees, the stone-built central square, the tiled roofs of the houses, the panoramic view of Parnassos mountain, the smell of burnt wood from the chimneys and the taste of the traditional “gliko tou koutaliou” (which means, sweet of the spoon) from the local taverns stimulate all the senses making you feel really alive! At Parnassos, there are also offered a lot of alternative activities, such as:

  • Wine Tasting

At the small village “Polydrosos” of Parnassos mountain, the Argyriou family produces excellent wine at the winery “Argyriou”, which is also located at their own estate. There, at the specially designed cellar of the winery, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and taste the superb award-winning wines “Argyriou”.

  • Tours with ATV and Buggy

One of the best ways to know the wild nature of Parnassos mountain is driving a four wheel ATV! In this way, you will manage to traverse the nature through mud, snow, small creeks and small lakes. The only thing that is necessary for the tour with ATV is warm clothing and a scarf covering the whole face.

  • Horse Riding

Horse-riding is one of the top activities offered at mountain. If you dream to ride a beautiful horse staring at the snowy and fir-covered mountain slopes, the horse-riding at Parnassos is the ideal choice for you. At the village “Livadi of Arachova” there is space for equestrian activities. This location is perfect for horse-riding because it’s a quite large area, on a quiet dirt road far away from the crowds and with an unobstructed view at the fir forest and alpine Parnassos.

  • Snowmobile:

If you visit Parnassos mountain in winter, you can live the exciting experience of driving or riding in the snow using a snowmobile. One of the most beautiful places where you can find rentals of snowmobiles is at Dokano (the place which connects Livadi with Eptalophos).

  • Walking with snow rackets:

An amazing experience in winter is snowshoeing! It is considered one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy the snowy landscape. Snow rackets have a large surface and they don’t sink in the snow. As a result, walking or hiking on snowy forest roads and trails becomes an easy affair!

 

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

If you are mountain lovers and hunters of intense experiences and emotions, Parnassos is the right place for you. There are countless activities you can enjoy and many destinations to visit and create fantastic experiences during your stay at the foot of Mount Parnassos. We have the pleasure to suggest you some of them, such as:

  1. Skiing & Snowboard

Parnassos is famous for ski and snowboard. Parnassos Ski Center is the biggest ski resort in Greece. With the new state of the art releasable lifts at Kellaria and Fterolaka, Parnassos Ski Center is now in the list with the top ski resorts in the Balkans. There are two skiing areas at Parnassos Ski Center, Kellaria and Fterolakas, which have in total 21 pistes and 7 ski routes, 5 connective trails, 4 mini pistes for beginners with baby lifts with 34 km total length of the pistes. The descents begin at 2.260 m. and they reach down to 1.640 m. altitude, while their length is between 300 m. and 4 km. The fans of the powder will find many routes off the pistes for free ride. Also, there are 2 Snow Fun parks at Kellaria and Fterolaka. Four of the pistes, No6 Iniochos, No8 Iraklis, No9 Odysseas and No2 Vaccos, are certified by the International Ski Federation (F.I.S Homologation) for international ski competitions.

  1. Skiing with sea view (Ski Mountaineering)

From many parts of the ski area you can see the Gulf of Corinth as well as the Euboean Gulf. The possibility of skiing while having the Greek seas as a view skyrockets the skiing experience. Apart from skiing at Parnassos Ski Center, Parnassos is one of the most popular mountains for ski mountaineering in Greece. The great area of the mountain, the alpine field, the great snow cover that lasts for many months, the famous and big routes, as well as the existence of the Ski Resort contribute to the importance of Parnassos as a location for skiing and make it easier for many people to have access to the area of the ski mountaineering.

  1. Hiking

Mount Parnassos is full of sceneries that take your breath away. Alpine sceneries with a view to the sea, endless fir forests, ancient monuments and the oldest National Park in Greece are only some of them. Mount Parnassos offers you the opportunity to discover it from one edge to the other by hiking.

  • Paths and routes for every taste and ability. Over 100 km. of marked paths.
  • You will have the chance to visit the villages of Parnassos such as Arachova and Agoriani as well as the famous mythical caves of the mountain, such as Corycian Cave, while you have the opportunity to admire the entrance of Eptostomos, the southernmost glacier of Europe!
  • Among hiking highlights is the part of E4 European long distance path, which connects Delphi with the alpine village of Eptalofos (Agoriani). The route passes through dense fir forests, crossing the core of the Parnassos National Park. The path is part of the ancient path that connected Delphi with ancient Lilaia and northern Greece.
  • In addition, you can hike up to Fairy Cave, a cave full of lakes. A must visit on mount Parnassos.
  • Crossing Mount Parnassos from North to South
  • Hiking the ancient paths of Delphi 
  • Follow the footsteps of the ancient Greek pilgrims hiking the ancient path from Delphi to Kirra. The ancient path from Delphi to the port of ancient Kirra was used by the ancient pilgrims to reach the Oracle of Delphi. Running time is 4 hours and hiking takes place all year round.
  • One of the most extraordinary experiences is the night hikes under the light of the Full Moon. Be the first to enjoy the sunrise from the top of Mount Parnassos “Liakoura”, choosing an organized climb.
  • Winter hiking with snowshoeson the snowy paths of beautiful Parnassos. It is considered as one of the most amusing ways to have fun at a snowy landscape.
  1. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in mount Parnassos is an excellent experience that every visitor must give a try. Inside the enchanting environment of Parnassos National Park with the breathtaking sceneries, mountain bike experience doesn’t leave anyone untouched. Both experienced cyclists and beginners will find what they are looking for. Guided mountain bike tours are the best way to explore the area of Delphi and Parnassos mountain on a bike. With heights between sea level and 2457m., the area offers a wide range of cycling trails. The choice of all-day mountain bike tours or short rides offers everything your heart desires. The combination of riding and the unique mountain scenery of the Alps guarantees an unforgettable mountain bike experience. Mountain bikes can be rented along with the other equipment and spare parts such as helmet, ankles, knees, chest protectors and masks.

  1. Ορειβατικό Σκι

(δεν το βάζω γιατί είναι το ίδιο με το «skiing with sea view – ski mountaineering)

  1. Climbing

Being one of the greatest mountains in Greece, Parnassos couldn’t fail to have climbing fields. Here, there are some of the most known climbing fields in the country, such as the one of Kouvelos.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Once you are in the area of ​​Parnassos, it is worth trying the local cuisine where all the dishes are made with love by the locals and pure raw materials of the area. What is certain is that, whatever your choice, the flavors of the region will fascinate you! Here we suggest you some taverns:

  1. Tavern “Tou Mavrodimou”, Eptalofos
  2. Taverna “Griza Arkouda”, Eptalofos
  3. Le Grand Chalet Restaurant Bar, Eptalofos
  4. Tavena “Ta Platania”, Eptalofos
  5. Traditional Tavern Kyr – Gianni”, Eptalofos
  6. Aelia Espresso Bar, Eptalofos
  7. Korakotripa Kafe, Eptalofos
  8. Taverna “Stamatis”, Eptalofos
  9. Barbecue “Stavros”, Eptalofos

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MUSEUMS / MONUMENTS

  1. The Archaeological site of Delphi is located very close. The archaeological site of Delphi (Delfi)is one of the most important and richest in ancient findings places in Greece. DelphiIt was for centuries the religious and spiritual center of ancient Greek and there was a Panhellenic sanctuary and the most important oracle of ancient Greece.
  2. One of the most important monuments in Delphi is the Temple of Apollo which was located at a prominent and central position inside the Sanctuary. Before the temple took its current form from the ruins we can see today it was destroyed twice. In the temple, rituals were carried out that were related to worship, the greatest of which was the preparation of the prophecy. At the deeper level of the temple, the adyton was located, where the prophecy procedure took place and where only the priests who would interpret Pythia’s words had access and today we have very few evidences regarding its adornment.
  3. The Ancient Theatre of Delphi is a World Heritage Site in Delphi, at the southern part of mount Parnassos. The Ancient Theatre is located at the northwest part of the temple of Apollo and at its courtyard. During the ancient years, the reputation of the theatre was the same with the ancient stadium in Olympia, as it housed vocal and instrumental music games that were carried out for the Pythian Games and other religious celebrations and ceremonials offering the monument a spiritual and artistic value.
  4. The Folklore Museum of Eptalofos (Agoriani) has rare exhibits from the history and the folklore of Agoriani. At the Folklore Museum of Agoriani the visitor can dive into the culture and customs as well as the lifestyle of its citizens from the previous years. In the collection of the museum the guest can admire photographs from old Agoriani as well as domestic items, agricultural equipment, popular art and cottage industry items, local clothing and tools from the old professions of the village (etc. cobbler, cooper, shepherd, barber, tailor, grocer, coffee seller and many more). 
  5. In Arachova, which is nearby, you can visit the ethnographic museum, the church of Agios Georgios and the trademark of the area, the famous Arachova’s clock.
  6. Tripi Waterfall, a beautiful place reminiscent of the Amazon, is located in the gorge of Velitsa on northeastern Parnassos at an altitude of 1250m. The starting point of the route is the village of Tithorea which is only 45 minutes away.

AMFIKLIA / PARNASSOS – DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

The picturesque Amfiklia, which is only 2 hours drive from Athens, is located at the foot of Mount Parnassos at an altitude of 400m. It has managed to attract mountain lovers, thanks to its natural beauty, the very short distance from the Parnassos Ski Center, its neoclassical mansions and its cobblestone alleys. With the unique view of the plain, the traditional cobbled streets, the old stone mansions, the stone-built fountains and the narrow alleys that the locals call “strimoules”, Amfiklia has a great tourist development and attracts quality tourism, families and lovers of nature and activities.

AREA EXPERIENCES

If you really love to come in contact with nature, Amfiklia is the absolute destination for that. You can go hiking in the mountain, or walking in the village where the age-old plane trees, the stone-built central square, the tiled roofs of the houses, the panoramic view of Parnassos mountain, the smell of burnt wood from the chimneys and the taste of the traditional “gliko tou koutaliou” (which means, sweet of the spoon) from the local taverns stimulate all the senses making you feel really alive! Also, in Amfiklia and the surrounding areas of Parnassos there are also offered a lot of alternative activities, such as:

  • Wine Tasting

At the small village “Polydrosos” of Parnassos mountain, the Argyriou family produces excellent wine at the winery “Argyriou”, which is also located at their own estate. There, at the specially designed cellar of the winery, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and taste the superb award-winning wines “Argyriou”.

  • Tours with ATV and Buggy

One of the best ways to know the wild nature of Parnassos mountain is driving a four wheel ATV! In this way, you will manage to traverse the nature through mud, snow, small creeks and small lakes. The only thing that is necessary for the tour with ATV is warm clothing and a scarf covering the whole face.

  • Horse Riding

Horse-riding is one of the top activities offered at mountain. If you dream to ride a beautiful horse staring at the snowy and fir-covered mountain slopes, the horse-riding at Parnassos is the ideal choice for you. At the village “Livadi of Arachova” there is space for equestrian activities. This location is perfect for horse-riding because it’s a quite large area, on a quiet dirt road far away from the crowds and with an unobstructed view at the fir forest and alpine Parnassos.

  • Snowmobile:

If you visit Parnassos mountain in winter, you can live the exciting experience of driving or riding in the snow using a snowmobile. One of the most beautiful places where you can find rentals of snowmobiles is at Dokano (the place which connects Livadi with Eptalophos).

  • Walking with snow rackets:

An amazing experience in winter is snowshoeing! It is considered one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy the snowy landscape. Snow rackets have a large surface and they don’t sink in the snow. As a result, walking or hiking on snowy forest roads and trails becomes an easy affair!

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

If you are mountain lovers and hunters of intense experiences and emotions, Parnassos is the right place for you. There are countless activities you can enjoy and many destinations to visit and create fantastic experiences during your stay at the foot of Mount Parnassos. We have the pleasure to suggest you some of them, such as:

  1. Skiing & Snowboard

Parnassos is famous for ski and snowboard. Parnassos Ski Center is the biggest ski resort in Greece. With the new state of the art releasable lifts at Kellaria and Fterolaka, Parnassos Ski Center is now in the list with the top ski resorts in the Balkans. There are two skiing areas at Parnassos Ski Center, Kellaria and Fterolakas, which have in total 21 pistes and 7 ski routes, 5 connective trails, 4 mini pistes for beginners with baby lifts with 34 km total length of the pistes. The descents begin at 2.260 m. and they reach down to 1.640 m. altitude, while their length is between 300 m. and 4 km. The fans of the powder will find many routes off the pistes for free ride. Also, there are 2 Snow Fun parks at Kellaria and Fterolaka. Four of the pistes, No6 Iniochos, No8 Iraklis, No9 Odysseas and No2 Vaccos, are certified by the International Ski Federation (F.I.S Homologation) for international ski competitions.

  1. Skiing with sea view (Ski Mountaineering)

From many parts of the ski area you can see the Gulf of Corinth as well as the Euboean Gulf. The possibility of skiing while having the Greek seas as a view skyrockets the skiing experience. Apart from skiing at Parnassos Ski Center, Parnassos is one of the most popular mountains for ski mountaineering in Greece. The great area of the mountain, the alpine field, the great snow cover that lasts for many months, the famous and big routes, as well as the existence of the Ski Resort contribute to the importance of Parnassos as a location for skiing and make it easier for many people to have access to the area of the ski mountaineering.

  1. Hiking

Mount Parnassos is full of sceneries that take your breath away. Alpine sceneries with a view to the sea, endless fir forests, ancient monuments and the oldest National Park in Greece are only some of them. Mount Parnassos offers you the opportunity to discover it from one edge to the other by hiking.

  • Paths and routes for every taste and ability. Over 100 km. of marked paths.
  • You will have the chance to visit the villages of Parnassos such as Arachova and Agoriani as well as the famous mythical caves of the mountain, such as Corycian Cave, while you have the opportunity to admire the entrance of Eptostomos, the southernmost glacier of Europe!
  • Among hiking highlights is the part of E4 European long distance path, which connects Delphi with the alpine village of Eptalofos (Agoriani). The route passes through dense fir forests, crossing the core of the Parnassos National Park. The path is part of the ancient path that connected Delphi with ancient Lilaia and northern Greece.
  • In addition, you can hike up to Fairy Cave, a cave full of lakes. A must visit on mount Parnassos.
  • Crossing Mount Parnassos from North to South
  • Hiking the ancient paths of Delphi 
  • Follow the footsteps of the ancient Greek pilgrims hiking the ancient path from Delphi to Kirra. The ancient path from Delphi to the port of ancient Kirra was used by the ancient pilgrims to reach the Oracle of Delphi. Running time is 4 hours and hiking takes place all year round.
  • One of the most extraordinary experiences is the night hikes under the light of the Full Moon. Be the first to enjoy the sunrise from the top of Mount Parnassos “Liakoura”, choosing an organized climb.
  • Winter hiking with snowshoeson the snowy paths of beautiful Parnassos. It is considered as one of the most amusing ways to have fun at a snowy landscape.
  1. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in mount Parnassos is an excellent experience that every visitor must give a try. Inside the enchanting environment of Parnassos National Park with the breathtaking sceneries, mountain bike experience doesn’t leave anyone untouched. Both experienced cyclists and beginners will find what they are looking for. Guided mountain bike tours are the best way to explore the area of Delphi and Parnassos mountain on a bike. With heights between sea level and 2457m., the area offers a wide range of cycling trails. The choice of all-day mountain bike tours or short rides offers everything your heart desires. The combination of riding and the unique mountain scenery of the Alps guarantees an unforgettable mountain bike experience. Mountain bikes can be rented along with the other equipment and spare parts such as helmet, ankles, knees, chest protectors and masks.

  1. Climbing

Being one of the greatest mountains in Greece, Parnassos couldn’t fail to have climbing fields. Here, there are some of the most known climbing fields in the country, such as the one of Kouvelos.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Once you are in the area of ​​Parnassos, it is worth trying the local cuisine where all the dishes are made with love by the locals and pure raw materials of the area. In Amfiklia you can enjoy your food in the square next to the plane trees in cozy taverns, such as:

  • Tavern “To Dadi”
  • Tavern “Kalifornia”
  • Tavern “Tou Mavrodimou” in Agoriani, where vegetables come from the owner’s garden, eggs and poultry from the hen house and you should definitely try the pasta and pies from the hands of mom Voula.
  • Tavern “Griza Arkouda”, which is also a hangout of the locals and it is worth choosing it for its special flavors.
  • Tsipouradiko Mezedopoleio “Mi se Melli”
  • Restaurant “To Magerio tis Pano Plateias”
  • Restaurant “The Factory”
  • Tavern “50-50”

What is certain is that, whatever your choice, the flavors of the region will fascinate you!

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MUSEUMS / MONUMENTS

  1. The Archaeological site of Delphi is located very close. The archaeological site of Delphi (Delfi)is one of the most important and richest in ancient findings places in Greece. DelphiIt was for centuries the religious and spiritual center of ancient Greek and there was a Panhellenic sanctuary and the most important oracle of ancient Greece.
  2. One of the most important monuments in Delphi is the Temple of Apollo which was located at a prominent and central position inside the Sanctuary. Before the temple took its current form from the ruins we can see today it was destroyed twice. In the temple, rituals were carried out that were related to worship, the greatest of which was the preparation of the prophecy. At the deeper level of the temple, the adyton was located, where the prophecy procedure took place and where only the priests who would interpret Pythia’s words had access and today we have very few evidences regarding its adornment.
  3. The Ancient Theatre of Delphi is a World Heritage Site in Delphi, at the southern part of mount Parnassos. The Ancient Theatre is located at the northwest part of the temple of Apollo and at its courtyard. During the ancient years, the reputation of the theatre was the same with the ancient stadium in Olympia, as it housed vocal and instrumental music games that were carried out for the Pythian Games and other religious celebrations and ceremonials offering the monument a spiritual and artistic value.
  4. The Folklore Museum of Eptalofos (Agoriani) has rare exhibits from the history and the folklore of Agoriani. At the Folklore Museum of Agoriani the visitor can dive into the culture and customs as well as the lifestyle of its citizens from the previous years. In the collection of the museum the guest can admire photographs from old Agoriani as well as domestic items, agricultural equipment, popular art and cottage industry items, local clothing and tools from the old professions of the village (etc. cobbler, cooper, shepherd, barber, tailor, grocer, coffee seller and many more). 
  5. In Arachova, which is nearby, you can visit the ethnographic museum, the church of Agios Georgios and the trademark of the area, the famous Arachova’s clock.
  6. Tripi Waterfall, a beautiful place reminiscent of the Amazon, is located in the gorge of Velitsa on northeastern Parnassos at an altitude of 1250m. The starting point of the route is the village of Tithorea which is only 45 minutes away.

VELANIDIA – MONEMVASIA/ DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Velanidia is a settlement located at the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese, near Cape Malea in Laconia, opposite the famous “Camel” the well-known tip of the foot in the Peloponnese. It is a beautiful village, with intense island aura.  Perhaps not by chance, since its foundation was made by Spetses refugees from Orlofika. According to one version and according to the archaeologist Haslak, the ancient city of Sidi was located there. Velanidia stare the Myrtoan Sea and is The Edge of Greece, which was worshiped and was sung from ancient times until today like no other sea trail.

AREA EXPERIENCES

Velanidia. The village itself is a place worth visiting.

In the village of Velanidia, located on a beautiful hill, all houses have a sea view.

… Who are they waiting for to come?

In the small square you will find the cafe, you will find the mini market with traditional products and basic necessities and you will eat – if you wish – fresh fish and other local products that the locals love to produce. There are often celebrations and festivals during the summer months, in which the whole village participates, as well as the occasional visitors – who are always welcome. I forgot to tell you that cars are not allowed in the village. There are parking spaces peripherally to protect parents and children from cars, noise and traffic. It is charming to live somewhere in the past with the rules and way of life of the locals. Who does not want to be part of the history?

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

You have a lot to see and a lot to do… You can tour the ancient Fossil Forest, or go for a walk in medieval Monemvasia, reach the picturesque Kythira, dive in the clear blue waters of Elafonisos, visit Gythio, Gerakas and many others… What is certain is that you will live authentically, unpretentiously. Come with us to guide you to the beautiful Peloponnese, to fish and taste fresh fish, to swim in crystal clear waters, to enjoy the peace and the calmness of a traditional village listening only to the waves and the wind.

Do not take a lot of suitcases, just your good mood.

We are waiting for you.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

The atmosphere smells of iodine, sea salt and from the house you can see the small colorful boats in the small port to sway in the rhythm of the sea. Fishermen catch their fish very early every morning. A variety of fresh fish of all kinds are available for you to taste. Flavors fresh, purely different become unique with a glass of ouzo or tsipouro, olives and handmade tzatziki.

 In Velanidia, many locals decided to make a difference and combine tasting and very good raw materials, presenting dishes that even the big urban centers and the best, most recognizable chefs do not have. One restaurant you should definitely visit is the Tavern “Fanari”, where you will have a unique taste experience.

The favorite habit of the sailors of the village is to drink tsipouro or ouzo and to discuss their adventures in the places they visited during their business trips. As you understand, they are the best sailors in Greece with many awards. It is the ultimate magic to hear them tell incredible, yet true, stories… These are discussions that take place after an accumulated experience of high risk of life!

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

Leaving the tavern, lower left, you will find a large beach with wonderful sand and clear waters where you can swim without fear. Medieval Monemvasia is just 40 minutes away from the village. Moving by car to the right, after the small settlement of the port, you meet the most famous of the three capes of the Peloponnese, the famous Cape Malea.

When you are in the area you can get to know its rich history in the museums and archeological sites that will take you to the magic of another era. You can get to know the traditional life of the locals in the folklore exhibition of Velanidia, where you will have the opportunity to see up close the tools of the sailors and the traditional household of a house of another era. If you make a short excursion to the area of ​​Monemvasia you can visit the castle of the area and the archeological collection of Monemvasia which includes remarkable exhibits dating from the Byzantine era. Also, during your ascent to the castle of Monemvasia you can visit the church of Agia Sofia, where the view makes it special due to its location and the church of Elkomenos Christ with its particular beauty. 

EMPORIO SANTORINI/ DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Emporio is the largest settlement in the southern part of the island of Santorini and its location has been important since ancient times. Its name betrays that it was the commercial center of the island (“emporio” means commerce). The most beautiful and best preserved castle of Santorini is located in Emporio, with houses built one next to the other, in such a way that their walls simultaneously create the wall of the castle. The castle had only one entrance, the Door, as the locals call it, and all the windows and doors of the houses were at the inner part of the castle. The interior of this fortified settlement is full of curves. Benches, steps, walls… all have a curved finish. There are small, narrow streets, small doors, many of which bear carvings, little steps, small tunnel passages, and small courtyards, all in harmony with one another. Inside the castle there is the church of Palia Panagia (or Panagia Mesani) with the impressive steeple, the old wood-carved iconostasis with representations from the Old and New Testament and the pebble floor. Photography lovers will spend many hours there, capturing the simple lines in the architecture.

EXPERIENCES OF THE AREA

If you are a fan of tasting you can visit the wineries in the area and try the special varieties of wines produced on the island. Some of the wineries also function as museums to introduce visitors to the tradition and process of wine production.

You can also enjoy a number of activities that will remain indelible in your memory, such as:

  • Cruise in the waters of the Caldera, on the day or at sunset
  • Boat rental, Santorini
  • Excursions to the near Islands, Santorini
  • For lovers of photography and selfies, what better way than to have the beauty of the Caldera and Santorini in the background.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES / ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

If you love sports activities, Santorini will not disappoint you as it offers many options, such as:

  • Water Sports, Santorini
  • Horseback Riding, Santorini
  • Kite Surf, Santorini
  • Sea Kayak, Santorini
  • Diving, Santorini

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

If you are in Santorini you should definitely try the local flavors and the famous wines produced in the area. Some of the best restaurants to visit are:

  • Sea View Restaurant Perivolos, Santorini
  • Meroula Restaurant, Santorini
  • Forty One, Santorini
  • Afros, Santorini
  • To Psaraki, Santorini

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni are small volcanic islands in the center of the caldera of Santorini, also known as the “volcano”, which is one of the most special places you can visit in Santorini. The volcanic island of Nea Kameni began to be created around 1570 and today extends to 340 hectares with its highest point today at 127 meters above sea level. Visitors can have a tour on it, or they can visit it around by making an excursion with a boat.

One of the characteristic points of the village of Emporio is also the Tower of Goulas. It is a square tower in the northern part of the village, which was built during the period of Venetian domination, probably around the 15th century.

Also, opposite the tower of Goulas there is the hill of Gavrilos or, mountain Platanimos, in which there are eight traditional windmills of the 19th century and Byzantine ruins. Windmills have been declared historic and listed buildings, they were made of volcanic stones, water, soil and lime and their height reached about six meters.

One of the most special places still worth visiting is the Venetian Castle, “Skaros” in Imerovigli. Skaros was the oldest and perhaps the most important of the five fortified settlements of Santorini. If you are in the area, do not forget to visit the small chapel located in front of Skaros, visible from the boat at the entrance to the caldera. Also another place that will impress you with a visit is the castle in Oia. Its old name was Kastelli of Agios Nikolaos. From the Kastelli of Agios Nikolaos in Oia today a part of the goula (tower) is preserved. It took its name from a cave church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos and was built around 1450.

One of the museums that are Sights of Santorini is the Volcan Wines Museum in Vothonas, which is located at a depth of 6 meters below the earth’s surface. The Museum has a total length of over 300 meters, with corridors and rooms shaped like a labyrinth. Exhibits dating from 1660 to 1970 present the history of wine and the life of the Santorini wine grower in representations with movable and immovable dummies.

An additional place worth visiting in Fira is the Archaeological Museum located in the center of Fira and reveals the long history of the island. In its rooms it hosts collections of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period, as well as ceramic vases and clay figurines until the Hellenistic period.

Also, if you are a fan of tradition you can visit the Folklore Museum. The folk tradition of Santorini is kept alive in Kontochori of Fira, in a cave Thera house that was built about a century and a half ago. There is also a cave wine cellar with press, linen, barrels, mangle and old utensils while the layers of deposits from volcanic eruptions are visible.

NEA KALIKRATIA / HALKIDIKI – DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Nea Kallikratia is located on the first “toe” (or foot, as we Greeks call it) of Halkidiki. It is a tourist resort on the west coast of the Halkidiki peninsula in the center of the Municipality of Kallikratia and has more than 6,000 inhabitants. Its short distance from Thessaloniki makes it the first resort that the traveler encounters on his way to Halkidiki. The location of Nea Kallikratia can be described as “strategic”, due to the fact that it is also close to many destinations outside the Halkidiki peninsula. Your transportation to and from Nea Kallikratia can be done either by car or by intercity buses, which have many itineraries in several areas of the country, especially during the summer season.

AREA EXPERIENCES

Nea Kallikratia has its own independent market. It has groceries, supermarkets, souvenir shops and of course many cafes and restaurants by the sea. Do not forget to try the fresh fish, which still smell of the sea and to make a quick stop in the square to admire the marble statue of the “Daughter of Kallikratia”. In addition, a number of activities open in front of you, choosing Nea Kallikratia as the starting point of your vacation. Starting from your possible visits to countless choices of golden beaches of Halkidiki, such as:

  1. Kallikratia Beach (West Coast),
  2. Chrousso Beach (Paliouri Kassandra),
  3. Afitos Beach (Kassandra),
  4. Pefkochori Beach (Kassandra),
  5. Chrysi Akti Beach (Kassandra),
  6. Possidi Faros Beach (Kassandra),
  7. Kavourotripes Beach – Portokali (Sithonia),
  8. Karydi Beach – Vourvourou (Sithonia),
  9. Kryaritsi Beach – Sykia (Sithonia), Gerakini (Sithonia),
  10. Komitsa Beach (East coast of Halkidiki),
  11. Ammouda Beach (Ormos Panagias),
  12. Alikes Beach (Ammouliani).

Then you can do many other activities like the following:

  1. Natura 2000 Ecological Education Excursion in an easy hiking program in a protected area in Sithonia.
  2. Inflatable fishing trip to specific fishing spots in Sithonia.
  3. Excursion with Jeep Safari in various areas, such as: Kassandra, Sithonia and North Halkidiki.
  4. Excursion with a four-wheeled open vehicle ATV in and out of the road with ActionQuad in Pefkochori.
  5. Private tour by speedboat, from Kassandra.
  6. Cruise excursion (The tour of Mount Athos) from Kallikratia or from Ouranoupolis.
  7. Full day excursion by Pirate boat from Pefkochori.
  8. One – day sailing ride in Halkidiki, Toroneos gulf and Sithonia from Kassandra.
  9. Sailing with a romantic sunset from Nikiti.
  10. Day cruise on the island of Diaporo, from Ormo Panagias.
  11. Day cruise in Ammouliani, from Ormo Panagias.
  12. 2 days by sailing in the Toroneos gulf, from Kassandra.
  13. Boat rental from Vourvourou, Sithonia.

(You can contact us for any activity you are interested in and we will take care of everything else)

Notable places to visit are also the largest natural port of Greece Porto Koufo with the blue crystal clear waters that impress even the most demanding visitors, Neos Marmaras and the traditional village Parthenonas that offers uniquely beautiful views of Marmara beach.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

There are many activities you can do and many destinations to visit during your stay. We are happy to suggest you some exciting activities, such as:

  1. Water skiing, Water sports, Jet skiing in Paliouri, Kassandra.
  2. Upright Rowing, Water sports in Siviri, Kassandra.
  3. Diving from a boat, in Kassandra.
  4. Snorkeling in Kassandra.
  5. Sea Kayak, in Sithonia.
  6. Water sports, diving & snorkeling, in Pefkochori.
  7. Diving lessons in Sithonia.
  8. Obtaining a Diving Certificate (Padi), in Sithonia.

In addition, because Halkidiki is famous since antiquity for its wines with testimonies dating from the 5th c. B.C., we have to suggest you to make tasting excursions in visitable wineries in the surrounding area.

WINERIES IN THE WIDER AREA

  1. Tsantali Agios Pavlos

Tsantali Winery Agios Pavlos is associated with the Tsantali family, a family that had started cultivating vines in Eastern Thrace, making grapes and distilling tsipouro and ouzo since 1890. The fame of the name Tsantali began to spread by word of mouth as merchants from all over came to buy the delicious wine and aromatic ouzo of the family.

45th km of Thessaloniki, Moudania Prefecture, 63080 Agios Pavlos, Tel: ++ 30 23990 76100 Fax: ++ 30 23990 61466

Εmail: info@tsantali.gr, http://www.tsantali.gr

  1. Porto Carras

The visit to the Porto Carras Winery includes a tour of the winery and bottling area, as well as the cellar where the wines mature in oak barrels.

63081 N. Marmaras, Tel: ++ 30 23750 77000, Fax: ++ 3023750 71229

Email: wines@portocarras.com, http://www.portocarras.com

  1. Tsantali Metochi Chromitsa

Tsantali Metochi Chromitsa Winery can be visited only for males, with a special permit, after telephone contact.

Metochi Chromitsa, Tel: ++ 30 23990 76100 Fax: ++ 30 23990 61466

Email: info@tsantali.gr, http://www.tsantali.gr

 

  1. Mylopotamos, Mount Athos

The Mylopotamos Winery of Mount Athos is located in the largest part of the Holy Monastery of Megisti Lavra (in Mylopotamos). The Tower and the Temple, in the name of Saint Megalomartyr Efstathios, were built by Saint Athanasios the Athonite before 973 A.D.

Holy Cell of Agios Efstathios, 63086 Mylopotamos, Mount Athos, Tel: ++ 30 23770 23774, Fax: ++ 30 23770 23932

Εmail: info@mywines.gr ,  http://www.mywines.gr

  1. Claudia Papagianni

Guided by the love for good wine from the past and with a view to the future, this effort began in 2003, buying carefully selected plots of land in Arnaia and Marathousa, Halkidiki, of about 200 acres. Selected roots and varieties of organically grown vines were planted there, which are the basis for the production of an excellent wine by the Claudia Papagianni Winery.

63074 Arnaia Halkidiki, Tel: ++ 30 23720 23120, fax: ++ 30 23720 21199

E-mail: claudie@otenet.gr, http://www.cp-domaine.gr

  1. Smile of the Soul – Ktima Tzika

The Smile of the Soul Winery – Ktima Tzika produces organic wine without drugs in a traditional way of production. The vineyard and the cellar are visitable. You will also find traditional tsipouro here.

63077 1st km. Siviris – Kassandreia (Kassandra Halkidiki), Tel: +30 23740 25353, fax: +30 6979 002016

E-mail: petrabbq@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/XAMOGELO.PSIXIS

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Kallikratia is an area that is especially famous for its silky sandy beaches and clear blue waters, but at the same time it is famous for its good food, thanks to the pure raw materials and the fresh fish that are in abundance. The fishermen of the area supply their fish with great interest in the taverns of the area and the chefs combine the fresh fish with the most special raw materials to have an exciting journey in taste. Here are some restaurant suggestions worth visiting to enjoy your meal:

 

  • The restaurant Georgalas,
  • To koutouki tou Antonis,
  • The fish tavern Pirates,
  • The “Mpes sto Psito”
  • To “Ela Do Kollas”

Furthermore, here are our suggestions from Beach Bars in the area.

  • Copa Cantina, Nea Kallikratia
  • Aloha Beach Bar, Nea Kallikratia
  • Deep Blue, Nea Kallikratia
  • Saha Beach Bar, Nea Kallikratia

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

  1. The Anthropological Museum of Petralona is located at a distance of 9 km.
  2. The monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos in Souroti, where the tomb of Agios Paisios is located, is only thirty minutes away.
  3. The Souroti bottling plant, with the homonymous company operating for more than 100 years in the area, is located in the village of Souroti.
  4. The theme park of Aristotle is located in the village of Stageira at a distance of about 100 km, where there are standard interactive instruments with all the laws of physics and combines entertainment with education.
  5. The monastery of the Annunciation of the Virgin in Ormylia at a distance of only 53 km awaits you in a green area of ​​olive groves and vineyards called the gate of Mount Athos and combines Byzantine grandeur with the experience of traditions and faith.
  6. Mount Athos, which is one of the most important and remarkable areas of Christianity, is also located in Halkidiki. Visitors wishing to go there must first reach Ouranoupolis and from there cross by boat to continue their visit to the Holy Peninsula of Mount Athos, the cradle of Christianity, whose monasteries are on the list world cultural heritage sites. Mount Athos is an autonomous state of monasticism and it is worth noting that women are not allowed to enter the area.

NYMFAIO FLORINA – DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Nymfaio is located at an altitude of 1350m and is only 28 km away from the city of Florina. It is a beautiful mountain settlement which is among the 10 most beautiful villages in Europe, according to UNESCO. It is incomparably magical all year round, offering wonderful images and unique experiences. In winter the temperature drops a lot and the snowy landscape makes the area look like a novel backdrop. The arrival of spring is unique as it is announced in advance by the awakening of the bears in the shelter of Arcturos. In summer, the area is ideal for those who prefer cool summers and mountain holidays. With autumn coming, both the first rains and the fog appear, while the fireplaces that start to light and one last meeting with the bears before hibernation complete the autumn scene in Nymfaio.

AREA EXPERIENCES

What do you like to live in Nymfaio?

Here are some suggestions:

1) Shelter of the Wolf: Have you been to Agrapidies, Florina? Here is the chance! The center was set up there to end the illegal possession of wolves. In a specially fenced section of natural oak forest, covering an area of ​​70 acres, are hosted all the wolves that managed to be rescued. You may not see them easily, but they will have smelled you from afar! Nymfaio is the ideal destination for nature lovers, hikers, animal lovers, lovers of Greek history and tradition.

2) Nikeios Scholi: The majestic building that housed the Nikeio Scholi (means “School”) in Nymfaio, is a very important attraction both from a historical and architectural point of view, as well as a building that houses the well-known environmental organization “Arcturos”. The Nikeios School was built in 1928 with a donation from the great benefactor tobacconist from the Nymfaio, Ioannis Zan Nikou (1876-1931). Until recently, the prevailing view was that the architectural design was made by Swedes, since Nikou lived there. Recent research, however, showed that it was designed by the famous Greek architect Georgios Pantzaris (1901-1971), who designed dozens of faculties throughout the country. The Nikeios Scholi housed schools until 1980, when it was abandoned. After 1986, restoration efforts began, while “Arcturos” and its headquarters have been operating here since 1993. Today, you can watch in the building an excellent tour by the volunteers of the organization, about the work and the history of “Arcturos”, accompanied by very interesting and explanatory video screenings. A full and didactic experience, for young and old is offered.

3) Brown bear shelter – Arcturos: There you can meet all the bears that are hosted by Arctouros in a specially fenced area of ​​50 acres, at an altitude of 1,350m. Unforgettable experience! For your safety, the use of mountaineering, hiking or sports shoes is recommended as the tour path is forest. Your children will have the unique experience of seeing bears and other animals in nature.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

Activities in nature: Nymfaio is suitable for forest hiking, cycling and horse riding! Take canoe rides on the lakes or horseback riding, jeep tour, archery! Also if you are more adventurous you can explore the “Paths of Peace”.

Activities offered all year round individually and in groups: Horse riding, canoeing, hiking and cycling. Get up from the couch and come for a horse ride around the village.

Walks on the lakes: Discover the lakes “Zazari” and “Heimaditida”, which are among the important wetlands of Northern Greece and belong to the Natura 2000 network. Enjoy the unique view of the lakes, do birdwatching, canoeing, horseback riding or whatever you prefer!

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Food suggestion: In the taverns of the area try “Neveska”, a dish with layers of potatoes, finely chopped pork and melted cheese. You should also definitely try the traditional pies (pie with nettle and lemon pie) prepared by the women of the village. Of course you will visit the nearby lakes and taste the favorite fish of the area, the carp. Then nearby the tavern “Thomas” in Sklithro and the tavern “Kontosoros” in Xino Nero are some of the many that we will be able to point out to you and that we think love to share families with children.


Wine tasting: The wine and tsipouro of the area will accompany you with every meal, whatever you eat. Just ask the tasters to suggest what matches what! If you like the experience of wine tasting then you should know that you will find in the area some of the most famous wineries in Greece. One of them is the Alpha Estate. Also in the area are the wineries Karanika and Vegoriti which are worth visiting. Also, a little further in the area of ​​Naoussa is the museum – winery Boutari.

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

Architectural walks: While you are there, visit the mansions of great benefactors of the place such as the House of Goldsmiths of Neveska which houses the Museum of Silver and Gold, Folklore and History. It is a replica of an old mansion. It is also worth visiting when you are in Nymfaio, the church of Prophet Elias and the ruins of the headquarters of Pavlos Melas during the Macedonian Struggle.

Florina Nymfaio Gold Museum: The museum has incorporated old murals from other mansions of Nymfaio. It also has original furniture and household equipment of a 19th century house. The museum exhibits portraits and photographs of Greeks of Vlach origin, who contributed significantly to the political, economic and social life of the country in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, as well as photographic material from the traditional social life of the inhabitants of Nymfaio. Here are showcases with a collection of rare handicraft goldsmith tools and a collection of gold products (jewelry for men and women, church utensils, wedding crowns, buckles, belts, snuff boxes, household utensils, etc.). In addition, authentic women’s costumes are on display.

Finally, in a special section of the museum are exhibited heirlooms, photographic material and documents from the activity of the Greek organization Nevaska during the Macedonian Struggle, as well as original letters of its leaders (Pavlos Melas, Kaoudis etc.).

If you are a lover of tradition and history you can also visit the following archeological sites and museums and be enchanted by the rich history of the area.

Museums and archeological sites in Florina:

  1. Archaeological Museum of Florina
  2. Byzantine Museum of Florina
  3. National Folklore Museum of Lechovo, Florina
  4. Folklore Collection of Amyntaio

PALEOS AGIOS ATHANASIOS / DESCRIPTION OF LOCATION

Paleos Agios Athanasios is a traditional settlement at the foot of Mount Vora or Kaimaktsalan, at the top of Piperitsa, next to Lake Vegoritida at an altitude of 1,200 meters. The preserved settlement of Agios Athanasios was built at the end of the 16th century and was inhabited until the end of the 1980s. At that time, its inhabitants abandoned it and settled in the new village, 6 km below. The traditional Macedonian architecture of Agios Athanasios is based on carved stone and wood.

EXPERIENCES OF THE LOCATION

The chalet is located one kilometer from the center of Paleos Agios Athanasios. You can either walk to explore the area, or use the car to visit other nearby destinations. Paleos Agios Athanasios is a traditional Greek village with taverns, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES – ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

The ski resort of Kaimaktsalan on the mountain Vora is only 18 km away and you should definitely visit it regardless of whether you are a ski fan or not. Other destinations worth visiting are – of course – the Pozar Baths, just forty-five minutes from Agios Athanasios, where you can enjoy the natural thermal waterfalls and explore the area, while for those who love nature, the “Melanas Drimos” in the city of Edessa, thirty kilometers from Agios Athanasios, is an excellent choice. At the view of the artificial lake, the herons and the swans you will be rewarded.

Then, at a very close distance of just 34 km is the traditional settlement of Agios Panteleimon, where you can enjoy nature and panoramic views of Lake Vegoritida. It is worth visiting the church of the Holy Spirit with the fascinating view of the lake and even taking a walk on its shores to admire the rare birds that find refuge there. Another unique area worth visiting is Loutraki Arideas just an hour away, with its seductive waterfalls and the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, while, at a very close distance, at the village of Orma, you can enjoy your food or coffee in the traditional square next to the creek which makes it an image of incomparable beauty.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

If you are a fan of good food you can visit the family tavern “Kalyva” and taste authentic traditional flavors of the area. Also, in the tavern “Katafygio”, which is famous for the Ossobuco dish, you will find a very traditional and warm atmosphere around the round fireplace and its special traditional wine cellar.

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

An unforgettable experience is a trip to the lakes of Prespa and more specifically to the small Prespa (only two hours away from Agios Athanasios) and the large Prespa (three hours away from Agios Athanasios). The two lakes have been officially named as landscapes of special natural beauty, as the beech forests, the reeds, the 260 species of birds, the 23 species of fish and the 1,300 species of plants, the pelicans, the archeological historical monuments, the pastures, the cultivation of beans and the mosaic of cultures make the remote region of Prespa a wetland of international interest. The capital of Prespa is the village of Agios Germanos which is built between small rivers. The village owes its name to the homonymous church of the 10th century that adorns the center of the square. There are many taverns and cafes with vintage décor, and there are shops selling local produce. A typical product worth buying is freshly picked beans of all kinds. The most famous part of Prespa is Agios Achilleios, with the floating footbridge 650m long that connects the island with the mainland. A short distance from the settlement is the church of Agios Achilleios, one of the largest basilicas in Greece that gave the island its name, as well as the tomb of Agios Achilleios. It is worth visiting the local cafes and restaurants to try the traditional products of the area.

  • Edessa Water Museum, Waterfall Park
  • Folklore Ethnological Museum of Edessa
  • Museum of Cameras (1860-1960), Panagitsa
  • Folklore Museum of Panagitsa

BANSKO BULGARIA – DESCRIPTION OF THE LOCATION

Bansko is a village of 9,212 inhabitants on Mount Pirin in Bulgaria, at an altitude of 936 meters above sea level. In the village there is a railway station and it is a great tourist destination especially during the winter season, due to the homonymous Ski Center that has excellent organization and very good quality snow. The highest point of the Ski Center is at 2,560 meters and the lowest at 1000 meters. Bansko has 75 km of ski slopes, of which 35% are for beginners, 40% for experienced skiers and 25% for advanced skiers and snowboarders. 80% of these areas are equipped with artificial snow machines. Bansko is an exceptional winter excursion with its numerous lakes, age-old pine forests and mountain tops that tie together harmoniously and magically.

EXPERIENCES OF THE AREA

  • Thermal springs, Bansko
  • 4×4 Jeep Safari, Bansko
  • Excursion to Sofia
  • Excursion to CASINO
  • Shopping walk in Blagoevgrad.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES / ACTIVITIES FOR FUN

Bansko is considered the ski paradise in the Balkans and this is correct as the total length of the 18 ski slopes and trails is 75 km, which are served by 15 modern lifts 22 km (8-seater, 6-seater, 4-seater, 2-seater, T-bars, etc.). If you are not excited about skiing, you can still go hiking in the snowy landscape and green mountains the rest of the year. Even if you are more adventurous you can try the paragliding in the area!

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

When you are in the area, it is worth a visit to the traditional taverns, where you can try some of the local specialties, such as kapama, which is a risotto and pieces of meat cooked in clay, chomlek, a dish with pieces of beef, onions, potatoes, garlic and red wine in clay, and katino, a recipe with small pieces of beef and pork fried with onions, leeks, peppers, mushrooms and white wine, served in clay.

IMPORTANT PLACES / SIGHTS / MONUMENTS

If you are in the old town it is worth visiting the church of the Holy Trinity with its magnificent murals, but also the archeological complex in the area of ​​Pirin, which is located just 4.5 km away. There, the church of Agios Nikolaos dominates where you can admire a combination of the rich history and tradition of the area.

Bansko has a rich history and tradition, which you can learn and get to know better with a visit to the House Museum of Nikola Vaptsarov, the Radonova House and the Ethnic & Historical Museum, which are some of the most important museums and gather rich material from the history of the area. Also, if you are in the area it is worth admiring up close the international art gallery which is located in the heart of the area.

Nea Roda is a coastal settlement located at the northern part of the third peninsula of Khalkidhiki, at the narrowest point of the Athos peninsula and has access to the sea from both sides.

Nea Roda is a quiet picturesque village, with large beaches with golden sand and crystal clear waters. In the port of the village you will find fishing boats, moored side by side with excursion boats and sailing boats that perform daily organized excursions to the most idyllic beaches of the area.

Nea Roda is also known from history, as in 480 BC, in this location Xerxes opened a canal for his fleet to pass, wanting to avoid sailing around Mount Athos.

The canal has been located after surveys by British and Greek engineers in 2008 between the villages of Nea Roda and Tripiti. Its length is two kilometers, its width 30 meters and its maximum depth is estimated at 15 meters. It is visible from a great height, since the site has sunk.

The geographical location of the settlement makes it an absolute destination for summer vacations, as there is access to the sea and the possibility of carrying out many activities. Also, the proximity of the village to locations of exceptional beauty, make it an ideal “base” for day trips. In addition, the rich history of the place, offers many options for themed holidays to its visitors. Finally, you cannot miss the many options offered for excellent food or tasting local products.

DISTANCES

– 6 km from Ierissos

3.6 km from Ouranoupolis

– 128 km from Thessaloniki

– 625 km from Athens

– 2.8 km from Tripiti Port

Ammouliani

The island of Ammouliani is a must-see destination for those who visit the wider area. It is a tiny island, only 6 km long .It is just 10 minutes by ferry boat from the port of Tripiti (just 2.8 km from Nea Roda). It is surrounded by sandy beaches, which are famous for their crystal clear blue waters, which bring to mind the most exotic destinations. It is no coincidence that the beaches of Ammouliani are certified with “blue flags”.

In addition, in Ammouliani you can find the most fresh and tasty fish! The island has a large fishing fleet (the second largest in Central Macedonia) and in this way visitors have the opportunity to taste the catches “of the hour”. In Ammouliani “yesterday’s fish is not considered fresh”!

Finally, for the lovers of tradition, there is a Folklore Museum in the center of the island, which offers interesting exhibits from the cultural heritage of the place.

You can get to Ammouliani by ferry boat that departs from the port of Tripiti (just 2.8 km from Nea Roda): the ferry boat journey takes only 10 minutes. The itineraries are daily.

ACTIVITIES

You will swim in the wonderful, clear waters of the Gulf of Akanthus and you will spend the day doing water sports, playing games in the sand and fishing in the picturesque fishing port with the characteristic church of Agios Nikolaos. You will walk along the mapped walking route of Xerxes. You can also visit the Xerxes Throne theme park in the area where, according to history, the ancient Persian king had placed his throne. You will visit the Holy Temple of the Virgin with the historic, Russian iconostasis, you will organize a visit to the neighboring archeological sites: Zygos Monastery (on the border of Mount Athos), Sanctuary of Ancient Ouranoupolis and Ancient Akanthos – all a few minutes away from the village (lovers of walking can even visit them on foot). You will take part in the revival ceremonies of the Asia Minor tradition, organized by the local cultural association, while if you are in the village on the last Monday of July you will try fresh fish at the Sardine Festival. You will also have the opportunity to cross the paths of wine tasting, to be guided through a local estate and you can also try new flavors in an award-winning cheese factory located in the area. Finally, you can go on a cruise with glass bottom ships, which will take you to the most beautiful and iconic beaches of the area.

– Water Sports Center, Nea Roda

– Scuba Diving Center, Ouranoupolis

– Boat tours and water sports,

Outdoor Activities, Tours, Ouranoupolis

– Boat and sightseeing tours, Ouranoupolis

– Tour of Mount Athos, Ouranoupolis

– Boat, canoe, kayak rentals Nea Roda

– Diving, Snookerling, , Nea Roda

– Sea Paragliding, Paragliding, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing, Nea Roda

– Diving and Surfing, Eagles Palace Resort & Spa

– Walking routes, Nea Roda

– The Throne of Xerxes, theme park and wine tasting

– Domaine Agrovision, Xiropotamos, Ierissos

– Stathoris Tyrokomiki, Ierissos

BEACHES

The part of the Mount Athos Peninsula that is not included in the Athonite State is a summer destination that does not have to envy the slightest of the most exotic destinations! With three hundred kilometers of coastline, and three areas protected by the European Treaty of Natura 2000, to surround the countless, blue flag awarded beaches, with exotic waters and soft golden and white sand, with bays of exceptional natural beauty, islands, golden plains and verdant mountains, constitutes a unique setting that is a pole of attraction for those looking for unspoilt places and natural beauty.

– Nea roda Beach

– Komitsa beach

– The beaches of Karvounoskala, Kampos (Pyrgadikia) and Jungle (towards Stratoni-Olympiada) will enchant you with their white sand and crystal clear waters.

– Organized beaches with crystal clear waters and amenities such as sunbeds, locker rooms, showers, bars, restaurants: Chrysi Akti (Olympiada), Vina, (Olympiada), Gourgourou (Stageira), Stratoni, Ierissos, Nea Roda, Xiropotami, Develiki and Pyrgos.

– Beaches with crystal clear waters and a rich underwater world: Copa Cabbana (Nea Roda), Porto (Stratoni),

– Beaches with View: Proti Ammoudia (Stageira), Port of Nea Roda, Komitsa, and Gialakia

– Beaches close to nature: Zepko (Stageira), Camping Ierissos (Ierissos)

– Beaches with turquoise crystal waters: Arsanas and Chiliadou (with pebbles), Kakoudia, Faka, Kastri (Stageira).

– Beaches overlooking green pine landscapes: Sykia (Stageira), Mine, Nea Roda

– Beaches in Ammouliani: Tratovoli, Faka, Camping Alykes and Alykes Beach, Megali Ammos, Agios Georgios, Karagatsia.

RESTAURANTS & BEACH BARS

– Ploton, Nea Roda, Restaurant

– Taverna O Pontios

– The Kitchen

– Temeteron Grill

– Beach Bar Tavern, Krystalis

– Costa Costa Beach Bar, Nea Roda

– Kritikos Gallery & Restaurants, Ouranoupoli

– Mouragio, Ierissos

– Molos Seaside Restaurant, Nea Roda

– Maori Beach Bar, Akti Pyrgos, Gomati

– The Throne of Xerxes, theme park and wine tasting