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 INFORMATION about HALKIDIKI

INTRODUCTION:
The imposing Halkidiki prefecture is a natural paradise in the heart of civilization. Halkidiki, one of the most renowned tourist resorts, is an enchanting site of intense alternations, where the infinite sandy coasts supervene the rocky voes and the air, scented by the pine trees, comes all the way to the seashore.

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LOCATION:
The Halkidiki peninsula is the most beautiful prefecture of Central Macedonia and it borders with the prefecture of Thessalonica on the northern part, the Strymonikos gulf on the eastern part, the Aegean ocean on the southern part and the Thermaikos gulf on the western part.
POPULATION:
93700
CAPITAL:
Poligiros
MORPHOLOGY:
Gifted with unique natural beauty the prefecture of Halkidiki pulses with crystal clear waters, sandy coasts and secluded gulfs that alternate with imposing mountains, verdurous valleys and fertile plains.
SEASONS:
The prefecture of Halkidiki is an ideal tourist resort all through the year. In the summer, the magnificent beaches of the coastal settlements throb with visitors, while during wintertime, the traditional mountainous villages pulse with tourism.
ATTRACTIONS:
SIGHTS:

The churches of Agios Nikolaos, Panagia and Prophet Elias as well as the settlements Paleporta and Vrasta, at the town of Poligiros.
The ancient town at the village of Arnea.
The Byzantine tower, the traditional houses and the churches of Agios Georgios, Panagia, Agios Dimitrios, Agia Paraskevi and Agios Nikolaos at the village of Galatista.
The ruins of the castle and the Byzantine sanctuary, the tower of Krouna and the remains of the Hellenistic building at the village of Ierissos.
The lighthouse and the ancient Mendi at the village of Kalandra.
The sanctuaries of Ammon Zeus and Dionysus at the village of Kallithea.
The church of Metamorphossi and the monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, at the village of Metamorphossi.
The acropolis of Antigonia, at Nea Kallikratia.
The tower of the painter and the monastery dependency of Agios Panteleimonas, at the village of Nea Moudania.
The ancient Olynthos, the ruins of the church of Agios Nikolaos and the tower of Agios Nikolaos, at the village of Nea Olynthos.
The ruins of the castle at the village of Potidea.
The towers of Apostolos Pavlos and Stavronikitas and the Roman cottage at the village of Nea Fokea.
The settlement Panthenonas, the monastery dependency of Tripotamos and the islet Kelifos at the village of Neos Marmaras.
The paleochristian basilicas of Elia and Agios Georgios, the monastery of Evagelismos and the church of Apostolos Pavlos at the village of Nikiti.
The ancient Toroni, the paleochristian sanctuary of Agios Athanassios and the castle of Likithos, at the village of Toroni.
The tower of Proforios, the monastery dependency building and the castle Fragokastro, at Ouranoupolis.
The monastery dependency of Xiropotamos at Sarti.
At the Athos peninsula, the monastic town, apart from the church of the first place, there are also 20 male monasteries that are full of incredible wall paintings, inestimable treasures, ancient ecclesiastic items, interesting libraries, Byzantine and post Byzantine icons and innumerable charities.

MUSEUMS:

The archaeological museum at Poligiros.
The cultural museum at Afitos.
The archaeological collection at Gerakini.
The museum at Petralona.

NATURE:

The fountains Vrisitsa and Moudounou at Afitos.
The canal of Nea Potidea.
The canal of Xerxis at Nea Roda.
The cave of Petralona at the village of Petralona.
The port Porto Koufo at Sykia.
SPORTS / RECREATION:
If you are a fan of mountain hiking, the Holomondas Mountain at Arnea will be at your disposal.
If you have a boat, you can wharf at the organized marinas at Porto Karras, Moudania, Ouranoupolis, Sani or Ierissos (03770-22500).
ENTERTAINMENT:
All over the Halkidiki prefecture and especially at the much-frequented resorts, you will be able to find a handful of restaurants, taverns, cafeterias and bars that shall offer you unrivaled entertainment.
LOCAL EVENTS:
The carnival at the town of Poligiros.
The cultural events "Socratia" on July the 26th, the carnival, the celebration of shrove Monday and the exhibition of weavings and pop art objects, during the end of July, at Arnea.
The customs of "Kamila" (camel) and "Nifi" (bride), on July the 6th and the 7th, at Galatista.
The custom of "Kourbani" on July the 20th, at the Prophet Elias festival and the custom of "Mavro Aloni" in memory of the slaughter of 300 inhabitants in 1821, at Ierissos.
The festival of Agios Panteleimonas and the cultural events on July the 27th, at Kallithea.
The festival of Metamorphossi Sotiros, at the village of Metamorphossi.
The festival of the sardine during July, at Nea Moudania.
The cultural events in memory of the holocaust of Kassandra on November the 14th, at the village of Kassandra.
The sailing across the Toroneos gulf on July, the carnival and the celebration of Shrove Monday at Nikiti.
The several saints festival at every village of the prefecture.
LOCAL PRODUCTS:
At Poligiros and Arnea you can find extraordinary weavings, while at the villages of Kassandra and Sithonia you can buy thyme honey.
MAJOR TOWNS / CITIES / VILLAGES
Poligiros
Poligiros is a beautiful town with a wonderful climate, where the houses are spread amphitheatrically on the slopes of Prophet Elias among running waters and revitalizing parks. Additionally, the town of Poligiros offers a magnificent view to the three unique peninsulas of Halkidiki, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos.

Kallithea
Kallithea is a much frequented tourist resort with numerous hotels, taverns, cafeterias, bars and superb sandy beaches with crystal waters. Kallithea is the region where the famous sanctuary of Ammon Zeus is located.

Neos Marmaras
The region of Neos Marmaras, located at Sithonia peninsula, is a very attractive tourist resort.

Ouranoupolis
The town of Ouranoupolis is a traditional settlement that has been declared scheduled and it is renowned for its sandy coast and the clear waters.

Sarti
Sarti is a beautiful coastal village at the Sithonia peninsula.

Haniotis
Haniotis is a popular resort of the Kassandra peninsula located at a very preferential site.

Kriopigi
Kriopigi is an amazing coastal village located on the eastern part of the Kassandra peninsula, in the heart of a very verdant site.

ALSO:

Athos

Athos is the most eastern peninsula of the prefecture of Halkidiki and it is an untrodden landscape that throbs with wooded mountains and leeward voes of unrivaled natural beauty. Athos is a separate monastic state with 20 exclusively male monasteries built in the heart of this secluded area that is called Agion Oros.
TRANSPORTATION:
BY FERRY:
From Halkidiki you can go to Thessalonica by ferry, while from the town of Moudania you can visit Thessalonica or the Sporades cluster. From Ierissos and Ouranoupolis, there are daily boat itineraries for the monasteries of Athos.

Information:

Port authority of Ierissos: +30 (23770) 22576
Port station of Ouranoupolis: +30 (23770) 71248
Agency of Moudania: +30 (23730) 21450

BY BUS:
From Thessalonica there are daily bus itineraries for Poligiros, Moudania, Ierissos, Ouranoupolis and the villages of Kassandra and Sithonia. The distance from Athens is 587 km.

Information:
Bus station of Thessalonica: +30 (2310) 924444

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Bus station of Thessalonica: +30 (2310) 924444
Port authority of Ierissos: +30 (23770) 22576
Port station of Ouranoupolis: +30 (23770) 71248
Agency of Moudania: +30 (23730) 21450
Fuel at Ierissos: +30 (23770) 22500
Police department of Poligiros: +30 (23710) 23333
Tourist police of Poligiros: +30 (23710) 23496
Municipality of Poligiros: +30 (23710) 22313
Taxi station of Poligiros: +30 (23710) 22460
Police department of Athos: +30 (23770) 23212
Monastic community of Athos: +30 (23770) 23221

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