The resort of Ouranoupoli is famous for its nearness to Mount Athos. The only monastic state in the world is the main draw for pilgrims and tourists to the area, that’s no secret. But it is far from everything worth exploring in Macedonia, the culturally very diverse region of Greece. Some surprising places you should discover are Arnaia and Aristotle’s Park. And you can find these in Central Halkidiki, within a distance of a relaxed drive.
The town of Arnaia
The quaint settlement of Arnaia is among the hidden gems of Halkidiki. The town is located at the base of Mount Holomontas, which dominates Central Halkidiki. It features the traditional architecture that grants a great time to any photographer.
You can navigate between the colorful stone houses through paved cobblestone streets. At some point, you will arrive in the central square with a hundred-year old plane tree. The spring under the tree is a source of pure water. And that water is supposedly credited for the exceptional longevity of the locals.
The Folklore Museum, introducing the way of life of the Macedonians, is another attraction of Arnaia. Finally, the remains of a prosperous ancient city are nearby. The archaeological evidence indicates that this might be the site of ancient Arne. The city was probably destroyed around 350 BC by the troops of Phillip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great’s father.
Aristotle’s Park is a homage to Alexander the Great’s teacher and one of the most prominent Greek philosophers. The site assumes a vantage point overlooking Mount Athos and the Bay of Ierissos. In addition to splendid vistas, the park offers educational and entertaining activities. You can find this popular attraction near the Stagira village, the birthplace of Aristotle.
Among the Aristotle’s Park centerpieces is the 4-meter tall statue of the famous thinker. Interesting instruments that show how nature works (if operated correctly) induce curiosity among people of all ages. Also, use the available telescopes to observe monasteries of Mount Athos.
Besides Arnaia and Aristotle’s Park, Halkidiki is blessed with many other interesting places you can reach from Ouranoupoli. Some of these are churches, medieval fortifications and viewpoints. So, stay tuned for more.