Arnea Real Estate | Arnea Villas
Arnea is a town of 2500 people in Northern Halkidiki, built at the foot of Mount Holomontas. It is 70km from Thessaloniki and 38km from Poligyros. It is the capital of the district of Arnea. Ruins of an ancient civilization have been found 3km of the township of Arnea and many believe it is the site of ancient Arne, mentioned by Thucydides. Its acropolis and parts of walls have been discovered on the hill of Prophitis Ilias.
Arnea is privileged because of its important traditional background. For this reason, it has been proclaimed as a “Historical Site” and “Traditional Settlement” by the Cultural Ministry. During recent years, an effort has been made to develop alternative tourism through the European Unions LEADER program. The traditions, the traditional buildings and the cultural events have been maintained and developed, so visitors who demand something different will find it in Arnea.
Tourism in Halkidiki should not start and end at the sea. The uniqueness of Arnea with highland registration, wonderful climate, handmade textiles, honey and its traditional neighbourhoods, gives Arnea an opportunity for alternative tourist development. Those who visit Arnea have the opportunity not only to buy from the special exhibitions of handmade textiles, but also watch them being weaved. The weavers of Arnea were and are, to a certain point, a large creative part of the population, and with hard work and sensitivity they preserve the local traditions.
Also, in natural environment on the slopes of Holomontas, under oak trees, close to streams where the bees are kept, groups of tourists or even individuals can see the way the beekeepers work and get to know the society of bees. Visitors can buy all the products derived from beekeeping. The visitors can also visit the rare natural beauty of the highland of Mt. Holomontas. On the 26th of July is the festival of Agia Paraskevi, which is full of cultural events. Also worth seeing is the Folklore and Historical Museum of Arnea, the Mansion “Giatradiko”, soon to be open on a daily basis, as well as the traditional guests’ houses of the municipality and the whole traditional settlement of Arnea.
The area has good roads going to and from Thessaloniki. Beginning from here, there is a daily excursion to Mt. Athos and the villages by the sea in this area. This way the visitors can combine holidays in the mountain and the sea at the same time.