The Aristoteleian Route (From New to Ancient Stageira)
From the Aristotelian Forest, the sole park of Halkidiki, to the archaeological site of Stageira in Olympiada, this unique route to the famous Aristotelian Mount is an environmental, cultural and historical route through time. The amazing variety of the flora, and stunning panoramic view of Akanthio and the Strimonian bay will take your breath away. The incredible scents of the Natura 2000 trees and plants will fill your lungs and you can collect your own herbs, the very herbs that Aristotle prescribed to Alexander the Great as ancient cures. The road will lead you to Alexander the Great’s home town where you will find a stunningly beautiful and historically important archaeological site., Take a stroll through the site to further discover and unravel the history of glorious Macedonia!
Starting off with a short stretch from Nea Roda to the port of Tripiti (2km) – a point known as the “Crossing of Xerxes”: this route follows in the footsteps of the Persian king Xerxes, who in 482 B.C. took a shortcut as he led his fleet against ancient Greece. When you reach the buzzing port, take a 10 minute ferry to the island of Ammouliani . From there, this magnificent route meanders across the sandy beaches of the island, and through “Alikes” (2km) or “Megali Ammos” (3km), two of the most famous and photographed beaches of the region around Athos!
This journey through time, history and nature takes in two sea bays, two ports and countless beaches!
Following the “natura” paths of the Aristotelian Mountain
Walk through the Varvara crossing to the amazing waterfalls of the Aristotelian Mountain through dense vegetation and a forest protected by the Natura 2000 European convention. This is a route amid massive, shady trees that will fill your lungs with fresh air and the gentle aroma of leaves, soil and the earth. You will truly feel rejuvenated. Along the route you can collect hundreds of rare plants and herbs, , you will meet lumberjacks at work , shepherds taking their herds to graze – it’s like being in a fairytale When you arrive at the famous waterfalls, you will feel like you have reached heaven…….
Route Length 23.57km