During your stay, we suggest you start exploring sites located near Thalatta Kalamitsi Village Camp.The windmills & Koukos Hill in Sykia, the castle ruins and the basilica church of St. Athanasius in Toroni are some destinations in a distance of less than 10km.
In the village of Ouranoupolis you can visit the Byzantine tower which is located in the SW edge of the village, and was built by the monastery Vatopaidi in the 14th century for protection from the pirates. In one wing of the tower there is a display of antiquities and Byzantine icons.
Some of the most important sites further in Halkidiki are:•Koukos Hill in SykiaIs located in the west of Sykia village. It is a steep, rocky and tall hill, which dominates Sykia and its area. The top of the peak is surrounded by a castle and there seems to be a significant prehistoric settlement there. The rise takes place on foot, from a difficult path, and lasts for half an hour.
• Mount AthosThere are twenty monasteries here, all unlike any anywhere else in the world. Seemingly untouched by time, they stand proudly on Mount Athos, one of the most important sites for the Orthodox faith. We would suggest that all the men reading this (sorry, no women allowed) should check out this unique place to feel the serenity, the wisdom and the holy spirituality of faith.
• The Cave of PetrálonaThe Cave of Petrálona is one of the most impressive caves in Europe. Finds from the cave show that Halkidiki has been inhabited since Stone Age times. The most important of these is a human skull, that of the “Archanthropos”, which is generally believed to be 700,000 years old –in other words, it is the skull of the oldest European! Visit the cave and admire labyrinthine interior with its stalactites and stalagmites. You can also visit the museum, where a large number of fossilised bones of different mammals are on display.
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• Ancient OlynthusVisit Ancient Olynthus, a well-preserved Greek city from the Classical Period. Here you can admire the oldest known Greek mosaic flooring, a forerunner of the stunning mosaics of Dion, Aigai and Pella.
• StageiraStágeira is the homeland of Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers ever, who was born here in 384 BC. It was one of the best organised urban conurbations in the Classical Period. The archaeological site includes an acropolis, fortifications, an ancient temple and Classical and Hellenistic homes.