Tradition & Culture


3.000 year-old culture...

Halkidiki features in many Greek myths and was populated since 4.000 BC. The remains of the 5th century BC cities, the Museums with the collections of artifacts, the Byzantine monuments and the traditional villages, compose the long history of Halkidiki.

Learn more about the significant archaeological and UNESCO heritage sites, the important museums, the world famous Petralona Cave, the Byzantine towers and the beautiful traditional villages of Halkidiki.




  • The Tower of Galatista

    The Tower of Galatista

    Almost at the center of the little village of Galatista stand this imposing tower which once was surrounded by a dense fir forest. The tower follows the Venetian style of fortifications but it is rather not a Venetian one but it is classified as late-Byzantine....

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  • The tower of Mariana

    The tower of Mariana

    The tower of Olynthos, also known as the Tower of Mariana, is located just two kilometres north of the town of Olynthos, to the left of the country road to Polygyros....

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  • Byzantine Tower in Nea Fokea (or St. Paul)

    Byzantine Tower in Nea Fokea (or St. Pau

    In the village of Nea Fokea stands what is perhaps the best preserved of all the towers in Halkidiki.  The Tower in Nea Fokea, also known as St. Paul’s Tower holds a dominant position on the hill at the right side of N. Fokea’s port. It’s 17m high and it’s an old Byzantine fortress that is likely to have been Continue Reading...

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  • Stavronikita Tower (Sani)

    Stavronikita Tower (Sani)

    The Tower of Stavronikitas, also known as Tower of Sani dates from 1543 and was built to protect the “metochi” (dependency) of the Stavronikita Monastery. The tower is in an excellent state of repair; it is 8 metres high, but the archaeologists believe that an upper floor is missing, and the original tower was much taller....

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  • Geological shapes | Petralona Cave

    Geological shapes | Petralona Cave

    Today, it is the most important of Greece’s 12,000 caves, thanks to its wealth of fossils (one of the richest collections in Europe) and to the discovery of a human scull that dates back approximately 700.000 years!...

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  • Folklore Museum of Athitos (or Afitos)

    Folklore Museum of Athitos (or Afitos)

    The Museum is housed in a traditional listed building dating to 1889 in the central square of the village, which was donated by the Aletras family. There is a display of folk exhibits created on the initiative of the painter Nikos Paralis and are courtesy of the village residents....

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  • Museum of Fishing Vessels and Equipment

    Museum of Fishing Vessels and Equipment

    The Museum is largely the result of forty years of untiring efforts by Stavros Kovrakis, a passionate collector of the treasures hidden in the seas of Greece. It also enjoys the support of the Moudania Yacht Club....

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  • Historical-Folklore museum of Arnea

    Historical-Folklore museum of Arnea

    The Museum is housed in the building known as the Yiatradiko, one of the oldest listed buildings in Halkidiki (1750-1755). It is a two-storey structure, built in the Macedonian style with a tower and projecting balcony....

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  • Archaeological Museum  of Polygyros

    Archaeological Museum of Polygyros

    The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros is the most important archaelogical Museum in Halkidiki located in "Heroon" square in the city center. The Museum hosts a ide collection of archaeological findings from the entire prefecture of Halkidiki. Findings cover the period from the Bronze Age to the Roman period and come from Ancient Stagira,  Ancient Toroni, Pirgadikia, Afitos, Polygyros, Ierissos, Stratoni and Continue Reading...

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