Ouranoupolis, a truly remarkable city that is located on the borders of the human with the divine as it unites the Holy Mountain (Agio Oros) with the remaining part of Greece, is 120km from Thessaloniki and amply rewards each visitor with its natural beauty, as it harmoniously combines the mountain with the sea. It is a seaside region at the feet of Athos with a historic and architectural grandeur that also provides many opportunities for rest and peace.
The characteristic of Ouranoupolis is the peace that prevails, generating exaltation of the soul even to the visitor who has been worn down by daily life. Entrance to the Holy Mountain is permitted only to men (after obtaining a special permit), but the visitor may go on a sea tour around the Holy Mountain peninsula and observe from a distance, with the naked eye or with binoculars, its natural beauty and the exceptional architecture of the Byzantine monasteries.
The boats depart for cruises around the Holy Mountain every day, while there is frequent transportation from Ouranoupolis to Thessaloniki and to all the other small villages of Halkidiki. The Tower of Prosforio, which is located next to the harbour, is worth visiting. The tower is the largest and best preserved in Halkidiki. It was built by the Vatopedi monastery before 1344. In 1928, the Loch couple moved into the tower (the Lochs supported the refugees of the time and created a tradition in handmade carpets that lasts until today).
Start your day with a good traditional breakfast by the beach in one of the cafés or restaurants of the seaside village. Then, buy traditional pastries and folk art objects in the village alleys and find all the small stores, where self-taught artists, who create decorative objects with dried flowers, finished glass and other materials, sell their works of art. At lunchtime, enjoy a meal of fresh fish and drink the wine of the Holy Mountain, while the sea breeze lulls you. Walk in the village and reciprocate the hospitable smiles of the inhabitants, so that you may feel immediately at home. In the evening, you will find nice restaurants and ouzo bars with appetizers, and if you are lucky you may hear old Greek songs performed by local singers.
Depending on his mood, the visitor may choose either the clear nearby beaches of Ouranoupolis or its small picturesque coves to enjoy a cool swim. However, the visitor may take one of the small boats from the city’s small harbour and swim in the aquamarine waters of the five uninhabited islands that are located across the seaside village.
In Ouranoupolis, the visitor may find banks, with machines for immediate transactions (ATM) and interurban buses to Thessaloniki, as well as to the other neighbouring towns in Sithonia. The city has also drug stores, a police department, stores to buy and print films, HTO (OTE S.A.) and public card phones, stores selling fishing equipment for all those who love fishing, gas station and garage.