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Ouranopolis, Greece

On the top of the Mount Athos peninsula and at a distance of 120km away from the airport of Thessalonica lies Ouranoupolis, the Gate of Mount Athos. Ouranoupolis is a divine landscape, combining mountainous and sea beauties, promising unforgettable holidays, especially for the travelers seeking the relaxation, away from the stress of the town. The village seems to be a serene portrait which welcomes the pilgrims and prepares them for their spiritual journey to Mount Athos. Besides that Ouranoupolis means in Greek, the city of the heaven, the city who drives you up to heaven...

Its visitors are welcomed by the Tower of Andronikos, the “alert protector” of the city for centuries, built in 1344 by the monastery Vatopediou as a protection from the pirates. In front of the tower lies the port, the gate of Mount Athos, where either the ferry boats travel to the monasteries or cruise around the peninsula at a distance of 500m from the beach. In Ouranoupolis the visitors apart from the hospitality and the friendly spirit of the residents, have the unique chance to savor fresh fish caught in the Mount Athos Golf in traditional fish taverns, to relax in pleasant cafes or bars drinking cocktails on the beach watching the sunset.

During the day the activities give unique opportunities for swimming or fishing at exotic beaches across Ouranoupolis, on the small isles, which can be visited either by small fishing boats or small speedboats. There are ferry boats which daily set off from the harbor for the Mount Athos cruise. Diving, sea sports, cars and motorbikes for rent are being at the disposal of the visitors. Ouranoupolis is surrounded by a wonderful forest which is being offered for walks and exploration, viewing to the village and Mount Athos. Inevitably Ouranoupolis is the last stop for all pilgrims who wish to visit Mount Athos since they have to collect early in the morning the Diamonitirio, a written authorization and the ticket for the ferry boat.

Things what you can do in Ouranoupolis

Eating

By the time you arrive here from the boat tour, probably the first thing you would want to do is eat!  From the boat, as you enter the harbour, the first thing you notice is the abundance of restaurants lining the beach. This is a fishing village, so what better to eat than the freshly caught fish, calamari, octopus, mussels and others.  The prices are reasonable. Try the wine produced on Athos, one of the more reputable is Tsantali.

Shopping

The old town is very attractive.  You can walk through the maze of alleys and streets with many shops that sell jewelry, clothing, souvenirs and an abundance of works put on display by artists.

Swimming

If time allows, you can also go for a swim from one of the local beaches or if you decide to stay here for some time, then definitely take a boat to one of the 5 uninhabited islands located directly in front of Ouranoupolis.

Walking and cycling

The region is covered in wonderful pine forests and is a good place to go for walks and cycling. Check out the Halkidiki guides for some cycling tours in the area around Ouranoupolis.

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