Halkidiki & Athos
Visit the third peninsula of Halkidiki (Athos - Agion Oros) in Ouranoupolis and take a boat trip (3 hours) around the Holy Mount Athos and the Monasteries.
Mount Athos is situated in the eastern and most enchanting third peninsula of Halkidiki, which is called the peninsula of Athos. It is the only place in Greece that is completely dedicated to prayer and worship of God and for this reason it is called the Holy Mount.
The Holy Mount is about 50 Km in length, 8 to 12 Km in width and it covers an area of about 350 square kilometres. The borders of the monasterial city are set on the ground by an imaginary line that begins from the location "Fragokastro" on the West coast and reaches the cape "Arapis" on the opposite side.
Mount Athos is a self- governed division of the Greek state. Politically it comes under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but religiously it comes under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
It has been divided into twenty two self - governed territories where the monks have a common liturgy, prayer, housing, board and work. It is a very important UNESCO World Heritage Site and an authorized permit of entrance (men only) is required by the Ministry of Northern Greece..
Ouranoupolis is an ancient city founded by Cassander in the late 4th century BC, and it is situated on the coastline in the northwest part of the peninsula 140 km from Thessaloniki. The ship departs once up to twice a day from Ouranoupolis port (10:30 and 13:45 and in 10 minutes it reaches the sea-borders of the monastic state and its territory from a 200m distance. After an hour and a half it heads to the south-western part of the peninsula and it is turning back.