Olympiada

Located on the northeast side of Halkidiki Bay, at Strymonikos. The village was founded by refugees who came from Agia Kyriaki of Asia Minor. Founded in 1923 Olympiada is the name of Alexander the Great's mother that the king Cassander said exiled here or in the across islet Boar, locals call it Kafkanas. The inhabitants dealt primarily with logging, fishing and agriculture. From the very early of 1965 onwards began to deal with tourism. Today, Olympiada is a region with modern facilities and during summer time is particularly alive with visitors from all over the world. The beaches are ideal for swimming, relaxing and playing. Beaches with shallow waters ideal for families with young children. Also, there are organized beaches, such as "Proti Amoudia", "Vina", "Gourgourou", and intact bays for romantics like "Kefalas" otherwise "Pool" and "Sykia".

Ancient Stagira

Situated southeast of Olympiada, on a small, mountainous peninsula called "Liotopi" although the testimonies of antiquity said it was waterfront. The city is known to all as the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle synonymous with his name. Founded in 665 by Ionian settlers from Andros . Also llater arrived settlers from Halkida. After the Persian wars became a member of the Athenian Alliance, but rebelled against the Peloponnesian war and allied with the Spartans, which enraged the Athenians who besieged the city but to no avail. Later Stagira joined the League of Chalkis, the confederation of the hall Halkidiki cities, which had as capital Olynthos village. In 349 BC the city was besieged and destroyed by King Philip II, who re-founded in honor of Aristotle. It seems that this destruction by Philip marked the decline of the city and the geographer Strabo, who lived in the time of Jesus, he said Stagira was deserted. Archaeological excavations began in 1990 and continue to this day, and have brought to light important parts of the ancient city, which you can admire during your visit there.

Barbara Waterfalls

Driving from Olymbiada to Barbara, shortly after the sight pavilion "Thea" , which is also worth a visit, there is a dirt road to the right that will lead you to one of the most special places of Halkidiki, the Barbara waterfalls, hidden within the dense forest. Following the signs, you will easily locate the first waterfall and by walking in the opposite direction in the lush vegetation of the stream, you will reach in about 5 minutes the big one.

Aristotle park

Aristotle's park is located in modern Stagira village hosted by experimental instruments operating under the natural laws which refer to his writings. The works of Aristotle mentioned multiple kinds scientist among them rhetoric, logic, biology, ethics and others which make up the first integrated system in western philosophy. Physical form the treatise, where the Greek philosopher presented his theories on the general principles of natural phenomena.

Arnea

One of the most picturesque villages of Northern Halkidiki, lying at 600 meters above sea at the dense of mountain Holomontas with green meadows, across the forests of mountain Drevenikos. Builded during the 19th century and acquired its present form. Famous for its traditional buildings. The old school builded in 1871 next to the main temple, the "Chorostasi" square is a great "must see". It is perhaps the oldest and best-preserved 19th century school building in Halkidiki. You can admire cathedral of St. Stephen builded in 1812, with bell tower dating back to 1889. It was burned during the revolution of Halkidiki in 1821 against Ottoman Empire and unfortunately burned again in September 2005, which subsequently led to archaeological excavations important discoveries such as the foundations of earlier churches.

Ierissos

Historically the continuity of ancient Akanthos with huge cultural heritage. Today's settlement was reconstructed from the beginning when a fatal earthquake razed the area. The residents of this seaside village are mainly engaged in tourism, fishing and shipbuilding. The shipyards of Ierissos is also one of the oldest in Greece. Residents characterised as great shipwrights, continuing an ancient art that goes solid and genuine from generation to generation.

Nea Roda

Seaside village founded in 1923 in place "Provlakas" where considered as the largest refugee settlement from Asia Minor & "Marmara's Roses" in northern Halkidiki. Located at the narrowest point mount Athos peninsula with a great privilege of having beaches on both sides. Among them is "Komitsa" one of the best beaches in Halkidiki area. Mostly though it is known from the time of Persian Wars when there Xerxes opened a canal about 1,800 meters and passed his ships, to avoid the circumnavigation of Mount Athos.

Ouranoupoli

The last secular destination before the entrance to Mount Athos. Ouranoupolis took its name from the Alexandrian city founded in 315 BC Alexarhos, son of Antipatros and brother of Cassander. In the 10th century Athos peninsula founded the first monasteries. One of these is "Zigou" also known as"Fraggokastro" located near Ouranoupolis. This Abbey is still at the stage of excavation during which revealed significant findings and holds great privilege to be the only outside Mount Athos. Therefore it can be visited by women. In the early 14th century builded by "Vatopedi Monastery" the Byzantine Tower that dominates the southwestern edge of the village in order to protect its shareholders. It is the biggest and the most well preserved in Halkidiki. After the Asia Minor disaster refugees from the islands of Marmara in Asia Minor, gathered at this place by founding shelter in the Tower. At the 60's started the recasting with roads construction and electricity units and then first tourists appeared and as a need a hotel builded. Nowadays Ouranoupolis attracts visitors from around the world. Also is the only place you can ensure your pass for visiting holy Mount Athos.

Mount Athos

It is self-governed part of the Greek State, including 20 holy Monasteries and other monastic institutions and informally designated as "Autonomous Monastic State" included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. According to Greek mythology, Mount Athos is associated with the war between the Giants and Olympian Gods,. Athos was the leader of Giants. Athos threw a huge rock against Poseidon from Thrace. But he missed and the rock fell into the sea, settled the mountain, which was given its name. However, the prevalence of the name "Holy Mountain" seems to be done in the first half of the 12th century, by the "Gold Stated" document send from Emperor Alexios A' Komninos to "Great Lavra" Monastery in 1144, recognised finally and officially by imposing the new name. If you want to visit Mount Athos, you need to plan the exact day. Thereafter you need to get in contact with the "Pilgrims Office" to issue the necessary pass.

Thessaloniki

One of the most historic cities. Borned around 315 BC, coinciding with the beginning of Hellenistic era. The heir of the kingdom of Macedonia Cassander and husband of Thessaloniki, half-sister of Alexander the Great and daughter of Philip II founded the city by bringing together the 26 townships located around the Thermaikos Gulf. He gave the name of his wife to the newborn town, Thessaloniki. In 200 BC city passed to Roman rule, like the rest of Helladic and Asia Minor Hellenistic area. At 1432 Thessaloniki was conquered by the Ottomans under which persists for about five centuries while creating a multicultural and cosmopolitan character with key communities, apart from the Greek, Hebrew and Turkish. At 1912 Thessaloniki longer fits in the trunk of the Greek state. With the Asia Minor disaster, more than 100,000 refugees settled in the town, adding new morals and culture. After World War II begins a rapid reconstruction of the city, which permanently changes and gives the shape of today. Large projects give to town the appearance of a modern metropolis. Thessaloniki develops again a versatile economic, commercial, cultural and artistic activity, the population is growing rapidly and the city now becomes the political, social and economic center of Northern Greece.

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