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Ouranoupoli – the gateway to Athos

Ouranoupoli – a gem in Halkidiki. The small village of Ouranoupoli, located on the northern end of the Athos peninsula is a popular destination for those who decide to take a Mount Athos boat tour.   After cruising along the western side of the Athos peninsula and seeing the many monasteries, the boat will bring you to Ouranoupoli for a …

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Top 5 things to do in Sithonia

So this is your first time to visit the middle finger of Halkidiki. You wonder what all the hype is about. You hear about the unspoiled sandy beaches, the stunningly clear water of the Aegean, the excitement of having the perfect beach vacation. There is more! Let us tell you about what we would recommend to do in Sithonia with …

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Mount Athos Cruise

On a beautiful late September morning, we get up early to rush down to Ormos Panagias, an attractive little harbour town on the east side of the Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki.  The weather is beautiful for this time of year.  Sunny and with a temperature in the high 20’s, the conditions couldn’t be more perfect to experience a day cruise …

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How to Visit Mount Athos

Visiting Athos is not a simple procedure. First of all only men are permitted to enter the Mount Athos region, conveniently excluding half the population. Women who are interested in experiencing Mount Athos can only take advantage of going on an Athos cruise and viewing the monasteries from a distance, since for a thousand years no woman has been able …

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Mount Athos Monasteries

When taking a Mount Athos cruise or boat tour from Sithonia, the excursion begins in Ormos Panagias.  Starting early in the morning, the boat will cross the gulf to the southern part of the Athos peninsula.  From the base of Mount Athos, the tour boat will gradually work its way north along the Athos shoreline where you will have spectacular …