List of Sightseeing in Halkidiki: The prefecture of Halkidiki, Northern Greece, is considered one of the most charming holiday destinations in Greece. Its long and sandy beaches, the amazing landscapes, the lush vegetation, and the lovely seaside villages have made this area popular for summer vacations, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Halkidiki is a region with many sightseeing options, from ancient sites and Byzantine towers to monasteries and caves. The Cave of Petralona is a very popular sight in Halkidiki, where prehistoric human traces have been found. Very interesting is also the tower of Prosforio in Ouranoupolis, where the boat to Mount Athos departs from.
Mount Athos is a self-governed part of the Greek State, famous for its old Byzantine monasteries. Women are not allowed to enter the area, while men need special permission to go. There are frequent boats from Ouranoupolis that go around Mount Athos.
In the village of Stagira, next to Ierissos, there is a park dedicated to the life and works of Aristotle, the famous ancient Greek philosopher. Created in 2004, the park hosts a series of important instruments which show the phenomena of nature.
Olynthos Ancient Site
This archaeological site was discovered in the 1930s and includes archaeological findings of Ancient Olynthos, which used to be the capital of Halkidiki for a while in the antiquity. In Olynthos village, there is an archaeological museum that hosts the findings from the excavations.
This Byzantine tower is the symbol of Ouranoupolis. Standing at the edge of the beach, it has suffered much damage through the centuries. Right next to the tower, there is the Christian Collection of Halkidiki.
The town of Olympiada, named after King Alexander’s mother, is mostly famous due to the historically significant ancient site of Stagira.
Archaeological evidence dates the beginning of the ancient city of Acanthus to 655 BC. The origin of the name can be traced to the acanthus bush which abounds aplenty in the area.
This lighthouse was originally built in 1864 but has been restored since then. It is built in the colonial style and is the only building along the beach of Possidi.
The Stavronikata Tower (also called ‘St. George-Tower’ is the landmark of the Sani area. It was constructed 1543 in order to protect the Monastery of Stavronikata.
Church of Saint Demetrius
Constructed in 1858, this beautiful church is located in the square of Afitos. It has a unique architecture with three arches and a tall bell tower.