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In the center of Macedonia and to the South lies Halkidiki peninsula 69km Southeast of the northern port city of Thessaloniki between Thermaikos and Strimonikos gulfs.

A land of 3000 square km ending in the famous three peninsulas, like fingers which stretch out into the Aegean Sea. Kassandra to the West, Sithonia (or Loggos) in the middle and Athos (Agio Oros) to the East. A blessed place of extraordinary beauty, as the sea curves into the land, unique in Greece.

As always in Greece mythology and history mix. It is here that the battle between the giants and the olympian gods took place. Here in the west part of Halkidiki, the ancient site of Flegra (Pallini) Egelados, the earthquake giant, is burried. It is also here that Athos has been reformed by the rock that giant Athos threw against the Gods. Even Sithonia is named after Poseidon's sun Sithon. More on history section.

Archaeological finds gives us proof of organised settlements since the neolithic period (5000 BC). The findings were revealed in the Petralona cave, which is considered the most important in Europe. The man of Petralona caves (Homo erectus) lived there 200.000 years ago and there findings speaking of fire and stone tools from 700.000 years ago. A great school about prehistoric times and definetely worth a visit!

Photos and text in this guide comes from the Greek Ministry of Culture and from "Chalkidiki & Mount Athos - today and yesterday" (Toubis Editions)

Agio Oros

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TOP HOTELS
1 - ATHENA PALLAS HOTEL
2 - POTIDEA PALACE
3 - KASSANDRA MARE
4 - MENDI HOTEL
5 - AKRATHOS
6 - NINE MUSES
7 - ASKAMNIA APARTMENTS
8 - MARMARAS HOTEL
9 - STAR PARADISE HOTEL
10 - SUNSET HOTEL
11 - ALPHA-ALPHA STUDIOS
12 - MELITON INN
13 - PHILOXENIA BUNGALOWS
14 - KASSANDRA PALACE
15 - PORTES PALACE HOTEL
16 - LEONIDAS HOTEL
17 - DANAI BEACH RESORT & VILLAS
18 - PORTES BEACH HOTEL
OURANOUPOLIS
OURANOUPOLIS

Ouranoupolis is beautiful fishing village with a magnificent tower and daily boats for Mount Athos (Agio Oros). more ...


VILLAGES
- KASSANDRA
- SITHONIA
- MOUNT ATHOS
- POTIDAIA
- KALLITHEA
- OURANOUPOLIS
- HANIOTI
- NEA FOKEA
- SANI
- TORONI
- SYKIA (LOGOS)
- OURANOPOLI
- POLYGIROS
- KARYES
- ARNAIA
- NEOS MARMARAS
- SARTI

SARTI
SARTI

Sarti, also in Toroni, is another favourite destination where it is said that from the local beach one can count the monasteries on Mt Athos in the di more ...


BEACHES
- KALLITHEA
- HANIOTI
- NEA FOKEA
- SANI
- SYKIA (LOGOS)
- NEOS MARMARAS
- SARTI
AKANTHOS
AKANTHOS

Akanthos is the most important ancient city and harbor of the Northeast Halkidiki, former colony of Andros. It was founded in the mid of the 7th centu more ...


WORTH SEEING
- PETRALONA CAVE
- MOUNT ATHOS
- ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF POLYGYROS
- AKANTHOS
- MENDI
- NEA RODA SANCTUARY
- OLYNTHOS
- MACEDONIAN TOMB OF POTIDAIA
- ANCIENT STAGEIRA
- THE TOUBA AT AGIOS MAMAS
LOCAL PRODUCTS
LOCAL PRODUCTS

Tourism changed the agricultural nature of Halkidiki, but only partialy. It is a blessed land and still the local products are recognised in Greece as more ...


TOPICS
- HISTORY
- LOCAL PRODUCTS