Choice of itineraries around Athos region
Thessaloniki to Ouranoupolis! There are three possible routes for this trip. No matter which one you choose, the distance is about the same on all three routes.
A great journey involves sightseeing, food and lots of places to visit! Let’s begin! Starting from Thessaloniki you can take the road to Halkidiki that leads you to Polygyros. At the 41.5km point along the road, you will see a sign leading you to Arnea, Ierissos and Mt. Athos. Turning left to Agios Prodromos means that your lunch is sorted out, because you will enjoy the popular souvlaki. If you are not hungry, wait until you see a sign leading you to Arnea. After a 72km from our starting point, you will arrive in Arnea. At the town square, you can enjoy a traditional coffee and discover shops selling fabrics, honey and tsipouro, while the road straight ahead will take you to Paleochori (+5km). If you choose to turn right, you will reach the villages of Megali Panagia, Pyrgadikia and Agios Nikolaos, and if you go straight, your next stop will be Neochori (+3km). Carrying on straight for 3km, you will see signs for Varvara, Olympiada and Stavros. Carry straight on for Olympiada where you will find Ancient Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle, and then to Stratoniki and Stratoni, from where the road goes straight to Ierissos, site of the ancient Akanthos. After a drive of 6km you will arrive at Nea Roda, a village built on the narrowest point of the peninsula. You are only 2km away from Tripiti, where ferries bring you to the little island of Ammouliani. After 7km drive you will reach your destination, you will arrive in Ouranoupolis. The difference is that while the ﬁrst route is a winding road, it does take you through beautiful places.
The second road involves driving to Polygyros (60km), following the signs to Vrastama and then to Gomati. This will lead you to Ierissos, from where you can reach your ﬁnal destination.
The third route is deﬁnitely the easiest. You take the Egnatia Motorway from Thessaloniki to Kavala, turning off at the Mt. Athos exit. The road will take you down to Ierissos, Ouranoupolis and Mt. Athos.
No matter the choice, your journey will be unforgettable!