Difference between revisions of "Chalkidiki"
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Halkidiki (Greek, Modern: Χαλκιδική, Ancient/Katharevousa: ) forms a trident-like peninsula. The coast hosts numerous excellent beaches. Located near the city of Thessaloniki. The capital of Halkidiki prefecture is the town of Polygyros, located in Northern Halkidiki.
The province of Halkidiki is one of the most scenic seaside provinces of Hellas. The traveler visiting the area may encounter long golden-sand, scenic beaches and numerous archeological sites. One of the three large peninsulas that the province is consisted from, the peninsula of Athos, is a giant ark that carries the legacy of the Hellenic and Christian Orthodox spirit through the centuries. This is the holy land of Cristianism and a visit here is not only mystifying and rewarding, but also spiritually overwhelming. The peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia and a part of the peninsula of Agio Oros (Holy Mountain) or Athos are the ones consisting the province.
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The only way to get around is from Thessaloniki Interurban Bus Terminal ("KTEL Halkidikis").
The canal of Potidea, seperating the Kassandra peninsula from the mainland. The byzantine watch tower of the Agios Pavlos, Mt. Athos monastery in Nea Phokea. The old traditional village of Athytos. The spa thermal baths of Agia Paraskevi. The summer concerts and theater festival in the amphiteaters of Nea Moudania and Siviri and the jazz festival of Sani. The chapel of the Virgin Mary on the seaside of Skioni. The ancient ruins of Zeus temple in Kallithea and of Poseidon temple in Posidi.
The excavations of ancient Olynthos, wit the oldest mosaics (5th c. BC) ever found in Greece. The old traditional villages of Parthenon, Sykia and Nikiti. The Porto Carras vineyard and wine cellar. The Toroneos cross swimming race in July from Nikiti to Kallithea. The ancient ruins of Toroni and its ancient harbour Porto Koufo. The spectacular view of Mt. Athos from Kartalia cliff cape. The thousands of goats grazing free on the mountains.
Mount Athos peninsula
Its 20 Byzantine christian orthodox Monasteries and numerous Sketes, allowed only to men visitors, who need a permission to land, by boat only. It's the biggest and most important monastic community of Greece, with 1.800 monks living there today.
The traditional mountain villages Arnea, Taxiarhis, Agios Prodromos. The Cave of Petralona, with the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and the oldest human finds of Greece. The Arcaeological Museum of Polygyros, with finds from the whole area of Halkidiki. The excavations of ancient Stageira, birthplace of the philosopher Aristotelis. The statue of the philosopher Aristotelis by the modern village Stageira. The forest of Mt. Holomontas. 18.104.22.168 11:45, 24 August 2007 (EDT)
Gerakini, Psakoudia, Lagomandra, Nikiti, Kalogria, Agios Ioannis, Spathies, Neos Marmaras, Porto Carras, Toroni, Tristinika, Porto Koufo, Kalamitsi, Paralia Sykias, Kriaritsi, Sarti, Platanitsi, Kavourotrypes, Zografou, Vourvourou, Trani Ammouda, Agios Nikolaos, Salonikiou, Develiki, Lakara