Daily Excursions

The region around mount Athos offers you dozens of opportunities for day trips, as its changing landscape (300 km of coastline between three mountains protected by the European Convention Natura 2000) has allowed the development of natural phenomena and human activities that are rarely found in a single holiday destination!

Here are some of our suggestions, while we are sure that you will find dozens of others!

Have fun touring!

1. Trip to the village of Arnea

What you can see:

  • The Cathedral of Saint Stephanos, the only functioning religious monument in Greece, where pilgrims and visitors can attend the Service while admiring the archaeological finds beneath the glass floor! An excellent site of our religious and cultural heritage, definitely worth a visit.
  • The Weaving Museum, where the entire tradition of local weaving unravels as in a tangle of history…
  • The Folklore Museum with dozens of traditional finds from years past!
  • The historic city fabric, with its old mansions and cobbled alleys, which seems to emerge out of another era…

What you can do:

  • You can try organic honey varieties at the store I PIGI TOY MELIOU, near the central stone-built square with the centuries-old sycamore tree. If you want, you can visit the hives in the mountain, accompanied by Dimitris and Dimitris Georgakas, who will introduce you to the secrets of bee-keeping. To take this tour, click here.
  • You can visit the famous mushroom fields of Cholomontas and try delicious mushroom pies at the traditional pension “Rodamos”, in the heart of the mountain. To take this tour, click here.
  • You can visit the Domaine Claudia Papayianni and try excellent varieties of award-winning local organic wines, in an environment that will take you on a journey to the wine cellars of famous wineries around the world. To make a reservation, click here.
  • You can try delicious local organic cheeses and Arnea feta at the creamery of Theofilos Karagiannis and buy various delicious varieties. To arrange this, click here.

Where to eat:

Where else? At the famous Bakatsianos Traditional Restaurant in the Grove of Agia Paraskevi, where a wide variety of local cuisine dishes based on local organic produce and the local culinary tradition will delight your palate! To make a reservation, click here.

2. In the footsteps of Aristotle and Alexander the Great

What you can do:

  • You can visit the famous mussel farms on the coastal zone from Olympiada to Marmari and participate in collecting mussels. The experience of a lifetime!

 

  • You can walk in the paths of the Hellenistic city of Stagira, where Aristotle was born and taught Alexander the Great on science and life, and feel the sea breeze flirting with the lush vegetation of the Aristotelian Mountain. You can admire the ancient agora, the stately wall, the remains of houses, the Byzantine findings and look out to the Aegean Sea, while the Mediterranean light showers this magical scenery…

 

  • You can walk to the Varvara waterfall, which is the end of a fascinating hiking itinerary through the mountain, protected by the European convention Natura 2000 and will feel that paradise is no longer in the heavens.

 

Where to eat:

You can try the exceptional homemade dishes of the restaurant Akroyiali, based on the culinary tradition of the Mediterranean and Asia Minor as well as on authentic raw materials.

3. A trip to the religious and culinary Ouranoupoli

What you can do:

  • You can take a tour of the Zygos Monastery, the only monastery of Mount Athos that can be visited by women, situated exactly 40 metres from the land borders of Mount Athos. You will see there the border separating the Mount Athos State from the rest of the world, the spot where the journey back in time begins.
  • You can visit the Byzantine Posphorios Tower, an ancient Mount Athos dependency, that is now open as a museum and you can admire the room where Mrs Loch’s office is.
  • You can enjoy a unique culinary tour in the shops with the organic products from Mount Athos and you can taste all of them, made with love by the blessed hands of the monks of Mount Athos.

Where to eat:  

At the absolute culinary spot of the area: the magnificent Athos Bar Restaurant and Lemoniadis Restaurant

4. A day on the sandy island (Ammouliani)

What you can see:

  • The Church of Agios Nikolaos with rare artefacts and the holy relics of local saints.
  • The exceptional Popular Art Museum with Asia Minor artefacts and religious objects, which the refugees from Marmara Island (Prikonnisos) carried on their shoulders during their persecution instead of their belongings.

 

What you can do:

  • You can of course swim at the sandy beaches, while you cruise around the island. You will be charmed!
  • You can visit the Prikonnisos store and taste the Mount Athos wines as well as many other products from the Monastic State.
  • You can follow traditional confectionery courses at the Popular Art Museum.
  • You can enjoy your coffee at the Café Pasalimani, with a view on the quaint fish port.

Where to eat:

  • If you’re staying in the village you will try the dishes of the restaurant Janis, that promise culinary delight as well as an excellent view of Athos.
  • If you swim at the Alykes beach, you can try the amazing flavours of the restaurant Metochi, right on the beach.
  • Finally, if you swim at the Megali Ammos beach, you can eat freshly caught fish at the fish restaurant Megali Ammos, with a view to the Gaidouronisia and the majestic Athos.

The choice is yours!

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