A beach with golden sand, awarded the European Blue Flag, at the foot of Olympus.
The historically interesting old settlement of Ano Skotina is nearby where houses built of stone dating from the 17th and 18th century can be found. You can visit the church of Agios Athanasios (14th century) with its unique wooden reredos and the church of Koimiseos Theotokos (1862), which is in the square of the village.
There is plentiful accommodation for the visitor with hotels, rooms to rent, campsites and the Greek Tourist Organisation campsite, which is one of the biggest in the Balkans. In the summer this is home to the new Balkan Music Festival with concerts, performances of dance and modern art.
The restaurants and hotels, ouzeries and snack bars, as well as other facilities for your relaxation will take care of all your gastronomic needs.
Situated 32 kilometres from Katerini, it is easily accessible from the National Motorway E75 (Junction: Skotina) and the railway (Station: Skotina).
Small beach, in front of the homonymous village. There are restaurants, taverns and cafeterias.
⇠ Thessaloniki 97km ⇠ Polygyros 36km
The village lies on the northern coast of the Bay of Singos, the waters separating Sithonia from Mt. Athos. Also known as Agios Dimitrios, the village is built on an outcrop of rock. Its name is believed to be derived from a Phrygian word gordos, meaning town or city. It was founded by refugees from Afthoni in Asia Minor, in 1922. In the church of Panagia Kastrella you can still see the icon of the Virgin brought by the settlers that arrived from Asia Minor. According to an old story the Turks threw the icon into the sea, but it was later recovered by the local people inside a castle – hence the name Kastrella.
Explore the area some more and take the road from Agii Theodori to the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Here you can enjoy a panoramic view; the location was used as a lookout point by the Ottomans.
• The church dedicated to Agios Dimitrios (St Demeter), built in the middle of the 17th century. It gave the village its second name.
• The tower dating from the 14th century AC in the area called Kambos, which was part of the monastery property.
• Remainders of a Byzantine castle among the village’s houses.
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Stop for lunch in one of the fish tavernas with build-in balconies offering amazing view to the sea and to the amphitheatre style village architecture.
Perhaps the most beautiful beach of Sithonia. White, thin sand, turquoise waters. Small and quiet beach.
The sandy beach of Ouranoupolis begins from Tripiti and reaches up to the village. Along the shore there are many hotels as well as facilities for all kinds of water sports.
⇠ Thessaloniki 139km ⇠ Polygyros 64km
Another village built by refugees from the Marmaronisia islands and Caesarea, just after 1924. The land was owned by the Vatopediou Monastery as early as 1018 and was known as Prosforion. It was named Ouranoupolis in 1946, to commemorate the ancient city which once stood nearby. The main gateway to Mt. Athos, Ouranoupolis is now a busy towm resort with large hotels (2-3km outside the city center), rented rooms, small guesthouses, cafes, bars, restaurants, folk art shops, etc.
• “Prosforios” Tower, the symbol of Ouranoupolis, which is a high imposing Byzantine tower, built in 1344.
• The Frangocastro (Frankish Castle or Monastery of Zygos), on the border of Mount Athos, a building dating back in the time of the Frankish Domination (9th century).
• The guardhouse of Mount Athos.
• Mount Athos. A cruise with the ferry boat around Athos peninsula is a “must” for every visitor of Ouranoupolis.
• The Drenia islands: a collection of uninhabited rocks bathing it the mid-day sun. A paradise of lonely coves and golden beaches. The larger island is called “The Donkey Island” after its only inhabitants. there. Drenia are just 2 miles from the coast of Ouranoupolis, near Ammouliani island.
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Easter in Ouranoupolis is celebrated with great reverence and the Epitaphs are real masterpieces
Alykes: Beautiful sandy beach with a few trees.
Megali Ammos: A quiet beach with a beautiful landscape and a view over the rocky islets Drenia.
Agios Georgios: Splendid beach with sand and clear waters. There is a restaurant.
Karagatsia: Very quiet beach.
Kalopigado: Small lovely beach.
Nisakia: Tiny, quiet beaches on the northeast side of the island.
⇠ Thessaloniki 119km (to Tripiti port)
⇠ Polygyros 57km (to Tripiti port)
This is the only island in Halkidiki with a permanent population since its formation. About 600 people arrived as refugees from Asia Minor after the catastrophe. Until 1925 Ammouliani was a dependency of the Vatopediou Monastery of Mt. Athos; two or three monks lived here to administer the monastery’s estates. The island has a surface area of 4.5km. There are hotels here, as well as rented rooms
and studios, camping sites, picturesque tavernas (serving fresh fish), cafes, bars, night clubs, supermarkets, etc. The island has wonderful beaches with picturesque bays. It can be reached by ferry from Tripiti and lies just two nautical miles from the coast.
• The majestic church of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1865 on the island’s central square.
• The old shipyard or “Arsanas” is an important landmark of Ammouliani. It is a typical example of the distinctive architecture of Mount Athos, where the monks used to shelter their boats when the weather would not allow them to sail safely.
• The building of the old school (the oldest school in Halkidiki, dating back to 1871).
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The most beautiful beaches of the island are Alikes, Megali Ammos, Ai Giorges,
Karagatsi, Faka, Tsaska, Nisakia
Another beautiful beach with rich golden sand, also holding the European "Blue Flag", this is a mere stones throw from Ancient Pydna. Only a short walk away is a unique historic monument, the ruins of the castle of the Byzantine Bishop of Pydna.
These are the only visible remains of Byzantine Pydna, which in the 6th and 7th century was called Kitros, and is now the spiritual home of the Bishopric of Kitros Louloudies.
Near the Beach of Pydna lies "Koutsouro", a quiet and isolated beach.
There are Hotels and Rooms to Rent near the beach in both Alikes Kitros and the village of Makrigialos.
In the fish taverns and Ouzeries* of the region you can taste the local specialities
Situated 21 kms from Katerini, the region's capital, Makrigialos is accessible from The National Motorway E75 (Junctions: Korinos or Nea Agathoupoli), the Old National Road from Thessaloniki to Katerini (Junction: Alikes Kitros or Makrigialos) and from the recently completed coastal road which runs from Olympic Beach (Katerinoskala) to Nea Agathoupoli.
*An Ouzerie is typically a small restaurant or bar serving Ouzo, which is usually accompanied by "Mezedes", snacks of fish, taramasalata, eggs, olives and so on.
Wide, sandy and fully organised beach, in front of the homonymous village. During summertime it gathers crowds of visitors. It has all kinds of restaurants, bars and facilities for all water sports.
⇠ Thessaloniki 104km ⇠ Polygyros 67km
Pefkochori is a quaint village, with pedestrian promenades, squares and gardens. The village gets its name from its pine forest (pefko means pine), which is an ideal place for a walk around nature. Also known as Kapsohora, Pefkochori was the site of the ancient city of Neapolis. A densely populated village with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, it has excellent hotels and rented rooms. Along the coast road and throughout the little streets the visitor can find a great variety of restaurants, bars, patisseries, supermarkets and souvenir shops.
• About 4.5km from the village there is a road leading to Glarokavos, a beautiful lagoon.
• Following the road from Pefkochori to Nea Skioni, there is the male Monastery of St. John the Russian (Agios Ioannis Rossos).
• The old parish church, built in the middle of the 19th century.
Sikia - Kriaritsi: Splendid sandy beach in a beautiful landscape with a view over the islets Skepes, Ahinoi and Petalida.
⇠ Thessaloniki 152km ⇠ Polygyros 90km
One of the oldest villages in Halkidiki, and formerly known as Logos, once belonged to the Megisti Lavra Monastery -according to Athonite documents. There are various explanations of how the village came to be called Sykia. The first explains the name as meaning the ‘shadow (skia) of Athos’; the second interprets it as a corruption of Singos, name of an ancient city in the vicinity, and the third claims there was once an ancient fig tree (sykias) in the center of the village. This is a traditional village, with narrow streets and quaint old houses. There are rooms to be rented in Sykia and the surrounding area, as well as camping sites and tavernas much prized for their local meat dishes.
• The old quarter of Sykia, where many neighborhoods remain as they were in the middle of the 19th century.
• The Church of Agios Athanasios, dating from 1819, which was twice burned down. Next to it you can admire the remains of the old school, built in 1870.
• On nearby Koukos Hill are the remains of a castle; excavations has shown that the area had been inhabited since the 11th century BC.
• The windmills on the long sandy beach of Sykia, built around the middle of the 19th century.
• The ruins of the church in Episkopi, a 20 minute walk south of Sykia.
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Swim at the amazing beaches of Kriaritsi and Kalamitsi.
⇠ Thessaloniki 107km ⇠ Polygyros 45km
This is one of the oldest villages in Halkidiki, traditionally thought to have been created by a union of people from smaller communities. South-west of the village, at Vetrinos, there are traces of a prehistoric settlement. In the 14th century the area of Pyrgos was also inhabited, to the north-east; in classical times it evolved into the city known as Singos. Here too was the Monastery of Agios Chrysokamaros, a dependency of the Xenophontos Monastery of Mt. Athos. Documents from the 14th century also refer to a community known as Fourneia, the remains of which can still be seen in the area known as Paleofournos.
• The tower on the coast of the little peninsula. Here was situated the prehistoric settlement Siggos and later on the monastery dedicated to Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicolas).
• The hill Vetrino, with prehistoric and ancient acropolis.
• The Chapel dedicated to Agios Georgios (St. George).
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Enjoy a romantic walk to the picturesque paved alleys and admire the traditional houses of the 19th century that constitute samples of folk architecture.
In the coast of Sani there are plenty smaller beaches (at both sides of the Tower of Stavronikita Monastery Property). All of them are sandy and provide all comforts to the bathers (restaurants, bar and all kinds of water sports). In the region, there once was the ancient town Sani of Pallini, built by migrants from Eretria. Up to the Roman years, it was one of the most developed cities of Halkidiki.
⇠ Thessaloniki 85km - ⇠ Polygyros 48km
This was site of the ancient Sani, a member of the Athenian Alliance until the 1st century A.D. Modern Sani is a luxury resort with hotels along the seafront and private villas set back among the pine-trees. One of the most impressive features is the Byzantine tower on the headland, once belonging to the Stavronikita Monastery on Mt. Athos, now the venue for the summer arts festival. Archaeologists believe the headland was the site of the acropolis of the ancient city.
• The Byzantine tower of Stavronikitas (8 meters high), isolated in a prehistoric settlement, guards the village.
• The Sani wetlands is a large expanse of land, 110 hectares –located next to the Sani Resort- home to over 200 species of birds, many of them rare and endangered.
• The Sani Marina, with the luxurious setting and the spectacular Piazza.
• Helona (turtle) Beach, where tiny turtles share the waters with the swimming holidaymakers.
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• Hiking or biking among the unique natural treasures
• Attending Sani Festival’s concerts and performances during July-August
The beach in front of the village, also named Pigadakia, has thin sand and spotless sea. There is a refreshment stand and facilities for water sports.
⇠ Thessaloniki 91km ⇠ Polygyros 54km
Kryopigi, is built on a hillside 1.200m from the sea. According to Herodotus, ancient Neapolis was probably built here. The history books mention it, as an area that suffered during the troubles in Kassandra in 1821. It is worth leaving the car for a walk in the little streets of the village, above the main road, in order to visit the little square with its stone houses and tavernas. The town has a number of hotels, rented rooms, camping sites and children’s summer camps.
Visit the “Educational Research and in Service Training Center” an offer of Dr Erhart and Sofia Ziegler. This center is a meeting point for tutors and education professionals from all over the world that meet here to discuss or participate in seminars about education.
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Explore the special paths -ideal for trekking and cycling- throughout the pine-tree forest
Paralia is a Cosmopolitan beach stretching for many kilometres, with clean sand and shallow sea. It has been awarded the European Blue Flag for many years. Wide and sandy, it attracts a great number of tourists every summer.
From here you can gaze at the imposing sight of Mount Olympus and at Pieria, the Mountain of the Muses of Pieria.
Paralia is also a good starting point to visit all the sights of the hinterland of the county. There is a harbour where you can yachts and small craft can moor.
A vast number of modern hotels of all categories, rooms to rent, many restaurants and taverns offering Greek and International cooking, plentiful shops, sea sports, important cultural displays as well as a great variety of night clubs guarantee a holiday free of worry and care.
Situated just 8 kms from Katerini, it is easily reached from The National Motorway E75 (Junctions: Katerini or Korinos) and from the recently completed coastal road from Olympic Beach (Katerinoskala) to Nea Agathoupoli.
It is also served by the railway from Salonika to Athens (Station: Katerini).
There are two beaches, one in each side of the village. They are small, with crystal clear waters. You can find restaurants and bars on both of them.
⇠ Thessaloniki 83km ⇠ Polygyros 46km
Also known as Athytos, the town is built on a rock with steep slopes and is one of the most attractive places in Halkidiki. References to Athytos date back as early as the 1st century AD. Until the 14th century it appears in documents under the name Afetos. The oldest part of the town lies around Agios Dimitrios church and along three main streets, two of which end at the church. Most of the houses are of two-storey, and fall into two main types: the broad-fronted house with a rectangular ground plan, and the square structure with a square ground plan. This city was a member of the Athenian Alliance, and was responsible for the sanctuary of Zeus Ammon, of Dionysius and the Nymphs. Modern Athytos attracts many visitors, from Greece and abroad mainly because the outcrop of rock -on which the town is built- presents a variety of tavernas, cafes, shops, hotels and traditional guesthouses, all with a great view to the sea.
• The traditional village with the stone-paved alleys, the fountains, the houses, and the churches.
• The church dedicated to Agios Dimitrios
(St Demeter), a basilica with dome (1858).
• The traditional, renovated houses (the Katsanis mansion, the house of the painter Paralis, the house of the musician Mandakas etc.)
• The prehistoric mound known as Koutsomylos (now the site of a wine bar), the remains of the ancient walls and the traces of an ancient quarry all indicate that ancient Aphytis was founded in the mid-8th century BC by colonists from Halkida.
• The Aletra building, home to a folklore museum.
• Works of the sculptor Pavlis.
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Have a coffee or a glass of wine while admiring the sea from the 75 m. high cliff
A beach of rare natural beauty on the slopes of Olympus, it is a happy combination of pebbles and sand. A summer resort with crystal blue sea and rich vegetation, it has regularly been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness for many years. The supervised and safe beach is suitable for family holidays, and also for every type of visitor.
One of the most distinctive features of the region is the legendary Castle (11th century) which, during the summer months, is the venue for theatrical productions, concerts and other cultural displays under the auspices of the Olympus Festival.
Nearby lies the picturesque old village of Paleios Panteleimonas. Here you can find authentic original taverns and guest houses. Just above the village, near the church of Prophitis Ilias, is the jumping off point for those wishing to try their hand at paragliding.
Particularly during the summer months, there is an excellent infrastructure of tourist facilities, including hotels in all categories, economical small guest houses next to the sea, rooms to rent and many notable campsites to suit all tastes.
Restaurants, fish taverns, ouzeries, snack bars and other establishments offer the visitor a wide choice of dishes.
Cafe bars, refreshment bars, clubs and discos take care of your entertainment and help you forget your worries during your stay in our region.
In addition to the usual range of sea sports, it is possible for you to sample the delights of paragliding from the launching pad at Paleios Panteleimonas, descending to the beach of Panteleimonas.
Situated 33 kilometres from Katerini, and easily reached from the National Motorway E75 (Junction: Panteleimonas) and the railway (Station: Platamonas).
The beach of the homonymous village is enormous and sandy. It has restaurants, taverns and cafeterias.
⇠ Thessaloniki 124km ⇠ Polygyros 50km
The main town of the municipal district of Aristotelis and one of the largest market towns in Halkidiki, Ierissos stands on the site of ancient Akanthos, a colony of settlers from Andros, and was first inhabited in prehistoric times. Its modern name is derived from the Latin ericius. It was a member of the Athenian Alliance. The town was burned down by the Ottomans in the 1821 uprising. The prytaneum of ancient Akanthos can be seen at the Ierissos archaeological site, and the Krounas tower is an impressive sight to visit. Modern Ierissos is a well-equipped resort, an ideal destination for unforgettable holidays.
• The ruins of the castle and the Byzantine church: The only visible trace of Akanthos is a section of the ancient wall which has been excavated on the east side of the acropolis.
• The Tower of Krouna, approx. 2km west of Ierissos. It had a Byzantine fortification which protected the property.
• On the road to Nea Roda you will pass the Ierissos boatyards, where they build and repair fishing and leisure craft using traditional methods. Only timber is used and the skills are not formally taught but passed on from generation to generation.
• The dependency (metochion) of the Life-Bearing Spring, which belongs to the Monastery of Hiliandary.
• In May 2005 the town constructed an aquarium, where visitors can see a variety of fish and shellfish from the local waters, including gildhead, mullet, perch and lobster. The 40 cubic metre tank contains sea water continually renewed by a special pump connected to the sea.
• The amphitheatre and the Cultural Center are unique in Greece and project stereoscopic- 3D movies on a curved screen, housing also lots of exhibitions of great cultural interest.
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Walking through the bay of Ierissos you will locate the beach Kakoudia. Its main characteristic is some relief rocks which adorn its waters and sand.