Drenia (Donkey islands)

Drenia (Donkey islands)

Drenia is a complex of little islets located opposite Ouranoupolis, about 2 miles away from the mainland and east of Ammouliani island.

Drenia is the largest islet and Tigani, Pontiki, Feti, Penna and Artemis are the smaller ones.

One will find only one organized beach with umbrellas, sunbeds, refreshment stand etc. You can reach them by boat from Ouranoupolis (daily), rent a private boat (no license needed) or paddle your own canoe to explore every islet and its beaches one by one.

Any visit to Mount Athos area is not complete without touring the complex of islets, known collectively as the Drenia islands. All around it, there is a collection of uninhabited rocks basking in the midday sun, a haven of hidden inlets and golden beaches. It is considered to be one of the most virgin and untouched places in Halkidiki.

Keep in mind that the locals refer to Drenia as "Gaidouronisia" or "Donkey islands" as legends have it that it was where the earlier inhabitants of the island used to bring their donkeys to rest in peace.

Worth it to see:

  • The amazing underwater marine world by scuba diving or snorkel!
  • Lie in the sun, sip on a cool drink and indulge at the most remote and exotic beach bar in Halkidiki
  • Swim from one islet to another!

Don’t miss it!

The chance for a sunset sailing at Ammouliani island!


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Entry restriction to Ammouliani island/Mount Athos

As of 14/05/2021, all passengers on domestic ferry to island destinations must meet ΟΝΕ of the following requirements:

  • have completed at least fourteen (14) days of vaccination for COVID-19 and present a vaccination certificate, which has been issued through the official website. In the case of foreigners from abroad, have completed at least fourteen days (14) the vaccination for COVID-19 and present a vaccination certificate in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation. The vaccination certificate includes the name of the person, the type of vaccine given and the number of doses.
  • have a negative COVID-19 test with a PCR test performed within the last seventy-two (72) hours prior to the scheduled travel time or with a rapid antigen test within the last twenty-four (24) hours before the scheduled travel time. In the case of foreigners from abroad, they can provide a negative test certificate in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.
  • to present proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid as of two months after positive PCR or antigen test up to 9 months.

These travel restrictions concern Domestic travel - Terrestrial to Islands Regions οnly.

The negative diagnosis of the control by the method of PCR and the rapid test is proved by the demonstration of a relevant certificate in printed or electronic form. If these tests have been carried out abroad and are valid at the time of boarding the aircraft, the relevant certificates are accepted under the same conditions under which they were allowed to enter Greece.

The above obligations concern minors from twelve (12) years and over.

For more information about COVID-19 in Greece click here.