Ouranoupolis village

Ouranoupolis village

Distance from the aiport → 117km


The village of Ouranoupoli is surrounded by a wonderful forest which is ideal for walks and exploration, offering unique views to the village and Mount Athos. Inevitably Ouranoupoli is the last stop for all pilgrims who wish to visit Mount Athos since the boat to the Holy Mountain departs from the harbour. In Ouranoupoli the visitors apart from the hospitality and the friendly spirit of the residents, have the unique chance to savour fresh fish caught in the Mount Athos Golf in traditional fish taverns, to relax in pleasant cafes or bars drinking cocktails on the beach watching the amazing sunset.

During the day, the activities give unique opportunities for swimming or fishing at exotic beaches across Ouranoupoli, on the small isles, which can be visited either by renting a small boat (which you don't need a license) or join one of the daily tours. There are boats which daily set off from the harbor for the Mount Athos cruise. Diving, sea sports, cars and motorbikes for rent are being at the disposal of the visitors. It's a pleasant, friendly place with a lively center and some excellent tavernas, hotels and guesthouses.


Ouranoupolis, a village built by refugees just after 1924 whose land was owned by the Vatopediou Monastery as early as 1018, known as Prosforion; after 1946 it changed into Ouranoupolis to commemorate the ancient city which once stood nearby.

Worth it to see:

  • The “Prosforios” Tower, the symbol of Ouranoupolis, an impressive Byzantine tower, built in 1344.
  • Walk from the tower of Prosforios to the Monastery of Zygou (Frangocastro or Frankish Castle) and the Guardhouse of Mount Athos, an easy 4klm walking route.
  • It is a must! Make a cruise by boat around Mount Athos while visiting the Drenia islands: a collection of uninhabited rocks, a real paradise of lonely coves and golden beaches.

Don’t miss it!

Spending Easter holidays in Ouranoupoli is a great experience
as you can «jump into» the Greek tradition and its customs.


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