Halkidiki Ouranoupolis

General information

Ouranoupolis Halkidiki: Ouranoupolis is a small town at the edge of the third peninsula of Halkidiki. Although the surrounding region is of exceptional natural beauty and fairly tourist-developed, Ouranoupolis is mostly famous as the port town from where the ferry to Mount Athos departs.

The town was founded in 315 B.C. by Alexarchos, brother of the king of Macedonia Kassander. In the ancient times, it was called Ouranopolis (meaning the town of the sky) and it developed as a trade centre. During an important excavation by archaeologist Manolis Andronicus in a close region in 1959, remains of a Hellenistic building were found as well as oil lamps, coins and personal items. At a small distance north of Ouranoupolis, a water bridge and a post Byzantine aqueduct have been found. Also at the east of the town, an important Roman grave dating from the 3rd century A.C. has been excavated.

The symbol of Ouranoupolis though is the Byzantine tower of Prosforio. This tower is located at the far end of the beach of Ouranoupolis and can be seen from the road while reaching the town. According to records, the tower already existed in 1344 and suffered severe damage from the earthquake of 1585. After the revolution of 1821 that devastated the region of Halkidiki, the tower of Prosforio was uninhabited and partly burned. In the following years, it was repaired and reconstructed. A building next to the tower hosts the Christian collection of Halkidiki.

From the port of Ouranoupolis, ferries depart daily and all year round to transfer pilgrims to Dafni, the central port of Mount Athos, and smaller ports of the monasteries. Close to the port, there is also the office that approves the pilgrim licenses to visit Mount Athos. In summer, there are excursion boats to Mount Athos and the neighbouring islet of Drenia with the amazing crystal beaches. The long beach of Ouranoupolis is sandy and organized, lined by hotels and restaurants.

Ouranoupolis is connected with daily and frequent buses to Thessaloniki (120 km) and Poligiros, the capital of Halkidiki (87 km).

Hotels in Ouranoupolis

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Eagles Palace

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Built in a paradisal setting, Eagles Palace is a five-star hotel that can be found right across the beach, on a dreamlike garden with various fragrant flowers and green trees. It offers lavish rooms, suites and bungalows featuring all comforts. The facilities available in this complex are countless; ...


Alexandros Palace

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Alexandros Palace is a luxurious five-star hotel near the shore of Tripiti Beach. It features rooms and suites with several amenities, two shared swimming pools, two restaurants on-site, a handful of bar spots, and a spa. Moreover, it offers watersport facilities to its guests.


Eagles Villas

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Eagles Resort is a five-star hotel hosting luxurious villa apartments with private pools, comfortable furnishing, modern bathrooms, and panoramic sea views. In addition to its own facilities, it has some shared ones with the nearby Eagles Resort.


Things to See & Do in Ouranoupolis

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    Mt. Athos tour

    Category: Day Trips, Shore Excursions

    During the cruise you will have the opportunity to admire from an amazingly close distance the mystical place that constitutes the center of Orthodoxy and learn about the history of the Mount Athos and the eight monasteries which are built upon it.

    10 hours Map
    from € 25.00
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