Ancient Stagira: Aristotle’s birthplace
This tour is going to show you the birthplace of Aristotle, one of the most important philosophers in antiquity. Ancient Stageira is located in Halkidiki on a lonely bluff jutting out into the Aegean. You’ll find impressive ruins of the walls of ancient Stagira. You’ll also see the fortification wall – really quite impressive, some foundations of classical houses, the Agora, a citadel and the tower remains with its mosaic floor. This tour can offer you a refreshing day trip that can be done with the whole family and they will love you for it.
The Aristotle’s Park
A unique theme park in Halkidiki, located in the historical village of Stagira. The wonderful location is at an altitude of about 500 meters and it has a great view to the gulf of Ierissos. The statue of Aristotle was made in the honor of the great philosopher who was born in Ancient Stagira. Also, one can find some interesting instruments placed in front of the statue of Aristotle and around the park, like compass, telescope, prism, sun clock, water turbine, lens, pentaphone and more. Some of them have symbolic meaning and some other are there to give a playful perspective to the area. The compass, for example, symbolizes that Aristotle’s philosophy has reached every part of the world, and is a starting point of modern scientific thought, and belongs to humanity. It displays the direction and distance of the most famous cities in the world, in relation to the park. The telescope is placed in specific spots, in order the visitor to enjoy the fantastic view to the Ierissos gulf. It is definitely a worth visiting location.
Petralona Cave: Findings of a primitive man
Next you can visit the prehistoric Petralona cave, where you can see beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The big size of the cave, as well as the beauty in it, will definitely amaze you. The most important though is the findings of a primitive man, which are exhibited at the Paleontological Museum, located only a few steps away from the cave.
Olynthos is located between the Kassandra and Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki, built on two hills . According to mythology, Olynthos was the son of Strymonas, King of Thrace, who was killed during a lion hunting. The town of Olynthos is said to have been constructed by Vraggas, Olynthos’ brother, in his memory and honor. Another explanation is that Olynthos was one of the sons of Hercules in the Greek mythology.
What makes Olynthos of great archaeological value is that the houses and the contents are unusually well preserved, despite the fact that this ancient city was destroyed by King Philip II of Macedonia, at around 348 B.C. The town was never again inhabited and its destruction is remembered as one of the darkest moments of the entire ancient world. It stayed quite forgotten for the remaining period of history.
The museum nearby has a very interesting collection of artifacts that were retrieved from the site and are displayed to the visitors. It even has an audio-video demonstration, which gives a complete historical tour to Ancient Olynthos. Located only 5 kilometers from the highway, the site is only accessible with private transport as there are no buses going to this site. The site lies to the north east of Olynthos village and will not disappoint history enthusiasts.
Zygou Monastery is located just outside the limits of Mount Athos, in Fragoskastro. A very old Athonite monastery which was founded in the early 10th century and was destroyed just before 1198. Many findings from the excavations are still very well preserved and displayed to the public. The most important findings are a Mosaic floor, marble of excellent craftsmanship, an oil mill complex, three lead seals of the 11th century, book shutters, bronze medals, knives, coins and some other small findings, all a good example of Byzantine architecture and culture.
With our Halkidiki tour, you will be able to visit all three peninsulas, explore the archaeological sites of every interest and enjoy the amazing views that is present everywhere in Halkidiki!
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