Mussels and Other Gastronomic

Mussels and Other Gastronomic Treasures

Greece is one of the top European destinations when it comes to gastronomy. It features soil ideal for cultivating and excellent climate. The seas of Greece are rich in fish and seafood. Plus, the country’s geographical position between East and West influenced its culinary tradition.

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Mount Athos is the easternmost peninsula of Halkidiki. It is usually known as the spiritual center of Orthodox Christianity since medieval times. Its 20 monasteries scattered throughout the peninsula are popular pilgrimage sites. Yet, Mount Athos is unique in other ways, too. Take its splendid nature as a reference. It features hills, forests and the sea crashing against the mount's rocky base. In short, Mount Athos is a place unlike any other. Flora of Mount Athos Mount Athos has delightful nature, which is the reason for its "Garden of the Virgin Mary" epithet. There are many endemic plant species inhabiting the region because of many reasons. The uniqueness of the terrain and a variety of micro climates are a few of them. Kassandra and Sithonia, the nearby peninsulas, have the Mediterranean climate. Athos combines elements of the Mediterranean and Continental climates among some others. Due to the fact, you can find a wide variety of plants there. The olive tree, holm oak and the lentisk are some representatives of the Mediterranean vegetation. Some sub-continental species found in the area are the chestnut, fir and the pine. Even semi-desert plants inhabit the Holy Mountain, such as the arboreal euphorbia. And so on. Wildlife of Athos Since around 90% of Mount Athos's surface is untouched, there are many animal species inhabiting the region. While wandering around, you may find traces of various mammals and spot birds. Some mammals found on the Holy Mountain are jackals, red foxes, gray wolves, weasels and monk seals. The Garden of the Virgin Mary is also an excellent destination for birdwatching. Among other birds, you may see golden eagles, black storks, eagle owls, short-toed eagles and gulls. Landscapes of the Holy Mountain Pilgrims constitute the biggest part of Athos's visitors. Getting from one monastery to another is usually carried out on foot via stone-paved paths. Along the way, pilgrims traverse wooded areas with occasional clearings revealing magnificent landscapes. Fields and grooves encircle some monasteries, while others boast forested settings. Some of them are true islands in the sea of greenery.

Nature of Mount Athos, Halkidiki, Greece

Mount Athos is the easternmost peninsula of Halkidiki. It is usually known as the spiritual center of Orthodox Christianity since medieval times. Its 20 monasteries scattered throughout the peninsula are popular pilgrimage sites. Yet, Mount Athos is unique in other ways, too.

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Greek delicacies you should eat while you are in Greece

Greek delicacies you should eat while you are in Greece

Greek cuisine is quite diverse thanks to fertile fields and the favorable climate. Yet, the inventiveness of the Greek people is another great contributor to its excellence. Greek olives and olive oil are just two products that celebrated Greece throughout the world.

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An Excursion to Central Halkidiki

An Excursion to Central Halkidiki from Ouranoupoli

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.

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Facts about Mount Athos You Should Know

Facts about Mount Athos You Should Know

Mount Athos is a unique destination in many ways. It is one of the holiest destinations in Greece. More so, it is an organization like no other in the world. Thus, there are many interesting facts that relate to Mount Athos.

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Panteleimon Monastery

Top 5 Athos Monasteries to See on the Cruise

Mount Athos is one of the holiest destinations in Europe. Located in Halkidiki, Greece, it is also called “the Monastic Republic.” It consists of 20 Orthodox Christian monasteries, 17 of which are Greek.

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The Best Reasons for Choosing Ouranoupoli

The Best Reasons for choosing Ouranoupoli for a Summer Holiday

Ouranoupoli is a resort in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. It features a great location next to the beautiful Aegean Sea. The area around the resort boasts lush greenery while gorgeous beaches line the coastline.

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Holidays in Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki

Holidays in Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki

Welcome to Ouranoupoli, a beautiful resort in North Greece. You will find the resort on Athos, the third peninsula of Halkidiki. The best description of Ouranoupoli relates to its former name, which means “the town of the sky.”

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Textiles Ouranoupoli Halkidiki Greece

Textiles

Every book in Halkidiki mentions the handmade textiles woven in several regions. Nowadays, there are only a few weavers but the art is not forgotten. Arnaia had a tradition in weaving, and its textiles were famous and unique. The art of weaving flourished during Ottoman rule –in fact the merchants traveled as far as Constantinople […]

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Canal of Xerxes Ouranoupoli Halkidiki Greece

Presentation of the canal of Xerxes

The Canal of Xerxes is the largest technical project that took place in Halkidiki Greece during the ancient era. According to Herodotus, in 480 B.C., during the Median wars, Xerxes, the king of Persians, wanted to lead his large fleet from Akanthos to Thermi (the name of Thessaloniki then) avoiding the danger of the Athonite circumnavigation […]

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