All 19 Halkidiki Sightseeing

Here are all the Halkidiki sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Halkidiki, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.

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All sightseeing in Halkidiki

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.

Located in the western peninsula of Halkidiki, this magnificent site is situated in Palini area and is believed to have been a colony of Eretria. Excavations began at this site in 1986.

The town of Olympiada, named after King Alexander's mother, is mostly famous due to the historically significant ancient site of Stagira.

Location: Petralona
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The Anthropological Museum of Petralona is located in close distance to the cave. It hosts a representation of the cave and houses items found inside, like tools, fossils, fire traces and others.

Archaeological Museum of Olynthos
Location: Olynthos

The Archaeological Museum of Olynthos is located right next to the ancient site and includes findings for the excavations. There is also a room dedicated to the restoration process and life in Ancient Olynthos.

Archaeological Museum of Poligiros
Location: Poligiros

Situated close to Heroon Square in Poligiros, this Archaeological Museum hosts exhibits from excavations all around Halkidiki, such as the ancient sites of Acanthus, Mende, Olynthos, Potidea, Stagira and others. Among the exhibits, there are marble statues, funeral columns, parts of temples, weaponry, tools, jewelry and others.

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.

Christian Collection
Location: Ouranoupolis

The Christian Collection of Ouranoupolis is housed in a small stone building close to the port and in the Tower of Ouranoupolis. The museum hosts icon from the early till the late Byzantine times, wall paintings from churches and various ecclesiastical vessels.

Church of Saint Demetrius
Location: Afitos
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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.

Location: Afitos

The Folklore Museum of Afytos is housed in the traditional house Alevra. It hosts tools of traditional jobs (carpenter, baker, fisherman, horseshoer, shepherd and others). It summer, there are painting and sculpture exhibitions.

Folklore Museum of Poligiros
Location: Poligiros

The Folklore Museum of Poligiros is housed in an elegant mansion in the centre of the city. It houses old furniture, agricultural tools, jewelry, traditional costumes, photographs and other items. All exhibits were donated by the residents of Poligiros.

Location: Arnea

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Arnea is housed in two-storey traditional mansion that dates from the 18th century. The mansion was recently restored to host this museum, established in 1999.

The small lake of Polychrono is a lovely place surrounded by pine trees. It constitutes a natural reserve for a rare species of water turtles, the Testudinata Turtles. This is a great place for walking around the lake.

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.

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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.

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This Byzantine tower is the symbol of Ouranoupolis. Standing at the edge of the beach, it has suffered much damage through centuries. Next to the tower, there is the Christian Collection of Halkidiki.

The sanctuary of Ammon Zeus is located near Kallithea village, 100 km from Thessaloniki and 50 km from Polygiros. Around the 5th century BC, people began worshipping Ammon Zeus.

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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 a special permission to go. There are frequent boats from Ouranoupolis that go around Mount Athos.

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The Cave of Petralona is located on the western side of Mount Katsika. It is rich in stalactites and stalagmites and in 1960 a human skull of 700,000 years old was discovered there. Fossils of lions, panthers, bears, deer, bats and other animals were also discovered.

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