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Sights

Shortly before you reach Neos Marmaras, next to the road, you will find the abandoned 19th-century Tripotamos building complex. It belonged to the Kastamonitou monastery and is the most characteristic example of the folk architecture of Chalkidiki.

Traditional Parthenonas

 

Just 5 km from Neos Marmaras, at an altitude of 350 m, you will find a traditional Parthenon village with well-preserved old houses.

The Parthenonas name refers to documents from the 10th century, but there is not much information about the village itself and its role in the past. The modern Parthenon appears to have been founded sometime during the Ottoman period. There is not much information about the village regarding that period. The Parthenon should have been a small village without a stable population. It had probably been completely abandoned for long periods of time.

Today the village is not deserted, there are family hotels, restaurants and cafes. All hostels and villas that have been erected. They maintain the traditional architecture of the houses, in order to preserve the authenticity of the place. The streets are paved, steep because the Parthenon is located on the hill. It overlooks the Toroneos gulf and the islet of Kefalos (Turtle).

Mount Athos

 

On the third peninsula west of Chalkidiki, there is the monastic society, Mount Athos.

In the “orchard of the Virgin” as it is called, there is the abbey. It is an empty space for all women. The first monastery, Megisti Lavra, was built in 963 BC by St. Athanasius the Athonite with the help of the Emperor of Constantinople. Since then there has been a special status and a particular way of life on the peninsula.

Every day there are various cruises that guided tours & boat tours around Mount Athos.

Today the village is not deserted. There are family hotels, restaurants and cafes. All hostels and villas that have been erected. They maintain the traditional architecture of the houses, in order to preserve the authenticity of the place. The streets are paved, steep because the Parthenon is located on the hill. It overlooks the Toroneos gulf and the islet of Kefalos (Turtle).

Ancient Stageira

 

Ancient Stageira is located about 500 meters southwest of the current settlement of Olympiada. It is on a small, mountainous and beautiful peninsula called “Liotopi”. The city occupied both hills of this peninsula, the seaside, ie the North and a larger South, separated by a low neck.

The position of the city, which is all known as the home of Aristotle, is identified with certainty both by the references of the ancient writers and by the researches of modern scholars.

Do not forget to visit Aristotle Park. The park, where Aristotle’s old statue (Ancient Greek Philosopher) has been for years, has been equipped with interactive instruments. These instruments apply natural phenomena for which reference is made to the textbook of the great Master “The Physics”.