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Contents

Welcome

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Where is the area (map)

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The Olympiada area

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The history and the Aristotle

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The trails

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The Aristotelian Walk

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The gastronomy

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The culture

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Book a hotel

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Where to eat

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Where to entertain

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Contact

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Welcome to the Mount Athos Area! A place with thousands of colours and variations! A place that eliminates the distance between the wonders of nature!  Three hundred (300) whole kilometres of coastline (the largest in Halkidiki), numerous beaches and coasts, bays, islands, crystal waters, golden plains, lush mountains, all sited wisely and in harmony!  Explore this special corner of Halkidiki! Visit the Holy Mountain, enjoy a swim in its 100 sandy beaches, take a walk around the birthplace of the ancient philosopher Aristotle, where Alexander the Great was taught, tour the green or purple (depending on the season) Aristoteleian Mount and dare to explore the slopes of the magic Cholomontas.  See everything! You will be amazed at how close to each other these diverse wonders are. Mount Athos Area has everything! History, culture, tradition, sports facilities, modern hotels.

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It offers all types of holiday and tourism: summer, winter, pilgrimage, special, conference, culture, gastronomy, œnology, history, sports. It offers diverse entertainment and night-life. It offers an amazing culinary scene and of course the famous Greek hospitality. Choose to do what you like, or, even better, dare - we propose - to combine them all! Happy holidays!

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The Olympiada area Olympiada is a magical place. Built between the Aristotelian Mountain and the Strymonikos Bay, it is surrounded by a natural landscape that combines to the maximum dense vegetation, greenery, crystal seawaters, endless coastline, sandy beaches, picturesque creeks and the warm hospitality of its wonderful people. A stone’s throw away from the Hellenistic city of Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle, the greatest Greek philosopher/teacher to Alexander the Great, where archaeological finds and the great historic heritage meek the ultimate natural beauty, Olympiada is today a unique tourist choice. What can you do in the area? Many things. You can walk along the amazing (mapped) hiking trails of the Aristotelian Mountain and go bike riding in the respective bike trails. You will visit the famous mussels farms and watch how the renowned “Olympiada mussels” are collected and find out how the composition of sea water makes them so big, delicious and healthy that they live up to their reputation!  You can swim in the 20 extraordinary beaches of the area, you will go fishing, diving, organise day trips and picnics near the waterfalls of the mountain, attend the “Aristotelia” events and taste the most delicious Mediterranean delicacies! Visit also: www.en.mountathosarea.org/our-area/olympiada-gr

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History and Aristotle Aristotle Aristotle was born in Stageira, Halkidiki, in 384 BC, about 55 km (34 mi) east of modern-day Thessaloniki around the area of Olympiada. His father Nicomachus was the personal physician to King Amyntas of Macedon. Aristotle was trained and educated as a member of the aristocracy. At about the age of eighteen, he went to Athens to continue his education at Plato’s Academy. Aristotle remained at the academy for nearly twenty years before quitting Athens in 348/47 BC. The traditional story about his departure reports that he was disappointed with the direction the academy took after control passed to Plato’s nephew Speusippus upon his death, although it is possible that he feared anti-Macedonian sentiments and left before Plato had died He then traveled with Xenocrates to the court of his friend Hermias of Atarneus in Asia Minor. While in Asia, Aristotle traveled with Theophrastus to the island of Lesbos, where together they researched the botany and zoology of the island. Aristotle married Hermias’s adoptive daughter (or niece) Pythias. She bore him a daughter, whom they named Pythias. Soon after Hermias’ death, Aristotle was invited by Philip II of Macedon to become the tutor to his son Alexander the Great in 343 BC. Aristotle was appointed as the head of the royal academy of Macedon. During that time he gave lessons not only to Alexander, but also to two other future kings: Ptolemy and Cassander. In his Politics, Aristotle states that only one thing could justify monarchy, and that was if the virtue of the king and his family were greater than the virtue of the rest of the citizens put together. Tactfully, he included the young prince and his father in that category. Aristotle encouraged Alexander toward eastern conquest, and his attitude towards Persia was unabashedly ethnocentric. In one famous example, he counsels Alexander to be ‘a leader to the Greeks and a despot to the barbarians, to look after the former as after friends and relatives, and to deal with the latter as with beasts or plants’. By 335 BC he had returned to Athens, establishing his own school there known as the Lyceum. Aristotle conducted courses at the school for the next twelve years. While in Athens, his wife Pythias died and Aristotle became involved with Herpyllis of Stageira, who bore him a son whom he named after his father, Nicomachus. According to the Suda, he also had an eromenos, Palaephatus of Abydus.

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History and Aristotle It is during this period in Athens from 335 to 323 BC when Aristotle is believed to have composed many of his works. Aristotle wrote many dialogues, only fragments of which survived. The works that have survived are in treatise form and were not, for the most part, intended for widespread publication, as they are generally thought to be lecture aids for his students. His most important treatises include Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, De Anima (On the Soul) and Poetics. Aristotle not only studied almost every subject possible at the time, but made significant contributions to most of them. In physical science, Aristotle studied anatomy, astronomy, embryology, geography, geology, meteorology, physics and zoology. In philosophy, he wrote on aesthetics, ethics, government, metaphysics, politics, economics, psychology, rhetoric and theology. He also studied education, foreign customs, literature and poetry. His combined works constitute a virtual encyclopedia of Greek knowledge. It has been suggested that Aristotle was probably the last person to know everything there was to be known in his own time. Near the end of Alexander’s life, Alexander began to suspect plots against himself, and threatened Aristotle in letters. Aristotle had made no secret of his contempt for Alexander’s pretense of divinity, and the king had executed Aristotle’s grandnephew Callisthenes as a traitor. A widespread tradition in antiquity suspected Aristotle of playing a role in Alexander’s death, but there is little evidence for this. Upon Alexander’s death, anti-Macedonian sentiment in Athens once again flared. Eurymedon the hierophant denounced Aristotle for not holding the gods in honor. Aristotle fled the city to his mother’s family estate in Chalcis, explaining, “I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy,” a reference to Athens’s prior trial and execution of Socrates. He died in Euboea of natural causes within the year (in 322 BC). Aristotle named chief executor his student Antipater and left a will in which he asked to be buried next to his wife. History Aristotle “says that ‘on the subject of reasoning’ he ‘had nothing else on an earlier date to speak of’”. However, Plato reports that syntax was devised before him, by Prodicus of Ceos, who was concerned by the correct use of words. Logic seems to have emerged from dialectics; the earlier philosophers made frequent use of concepts like reductio ad absurdum in their discussions, but never truly understood the logical

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implications. Even Plato had difficulties with logic; although he had a reasonable conception of a deductive system, he could never actually construct one and relied instead on his dialectic. Plato believed that deduction would simply follow from premises, hence he focused on maintaining solid premises so that the conclusion would logically follow. Consequently, Plato realized that a method for obtaining conclusions would be most beneficial. He never succeeded in devising such a method, but his best attempt was published in his book Sophist, where he introduced his division method. Analytics and the Organon What we today call Aristotelian logic, Aristotle himself would have labeled “analytics”. The term “logic” he reserved to mean dialectics. Most of Aristotle’s work is probably not in its original form, since it was most likely edited by students and later lecturers. The logical works of Aristotle were compiled into six books in about the early 1st century AD: • Categories • On Interpretation • Prior Analytics • Posterior Analytics • Topics • On Sophistical Refutations The order of the books (or the teachings from which they are composed) is not certain, but this list was derived from analysis of Aristotle’s writings. It goes from the basics, the analysis of simple terms in the Categories,  the analysis of propositions and their elementary relations in On Interpretation, to the study of more complex forms, namely, syllogisms (in the Analytics) and dialectics (in the Topics and Sophistical Refutations). The first three treatises form the core of the logical theory stricto sensu: the grammar of the language of logic and the correct rules of reasoning. There is one volume of Aristotle’s concerning logic not found in the Organon, namely the fourth book ofMetaphysics. Physics The five elements Concerning the make up of matter, Aristotle followed prior Greek philosophy with an adapted theory of elements. He was not an “atomist” like Democritus. In particular he proposed a fifth element, aether, in addition to the more common four.

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History and Aristotle • Fire, which is hot and dry. • Earth, which is cold and dry. • Air, which is hot and wet. • Water, which is cold and wet. • Aether, which is the divine substance that makes up the heavenly spheres and heavenly bodies (stars and planets). Each of the four earthly elements has its natural place; the earth at the centre of the universe, then water, then air, then fire. When they are out of their natural place they have natural motion, requiring no external cause, which is towards that place; so bodies sink in water, air bubbles rise up, rain falls, flame rises in air. The heavenly element has perpetual circular motion. Biology and medicine In Aristotelian science, most especially in biology, things he saw himself have stood the test of time better than his retelling of the reports of others, which contain error and superstition. He dissected animals but not humans; his ideas on how the human body works have been almost entirely superseded. Psychology • About soul (books 3) • About sense and sensable • About memory and memories • About sleep and alertness • About sleeping • About divination in sleep • About Longevity and obsolescence • About life and death • About breathing • About spirit (spurious) Metaphysics Aristotle defines metaphysics as “the knowledge of immaterial being,” or of “being in the highest degree of abstraction.” He refers to metaphysics as “first philosophy”, as well as “the theologic science.” From Metaphysics or First Philosophy, as Aristotle called them originated the term “metaphysics” of modern times. In the 12 books of the Metaphysical usually add and thesis “About Bees, and Xenofanous & Gorgios” (possibly spurious). In this group of works of Aristotle examines the first principles of all beings and “animated” and “non movables.”

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Ethics • Ethics Evdimeia (books 7) • Ethics bigs (books 2) • Ethics Nikomacheia (books 10) Aristotle considered ethics to be a practical rather than theoretical study, i.e., one aimed at doing good rather than knowing for its own sake. He wrote several treatises on ethics, including most notably, the Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle taught that virtue has to do with the proper function (ergon) of a thing. An eye is only a good eye in so much as it can see, because the proper function of an eye is sight. Aristotle reasoned that humans must have a function specific to humans, and that this function must be an activity of the psuchē (normally translated as soul) in accordance with reason (logos). Aristotle identified such an optimum activity of the soul as the aim of all human deliberate action, eudaimonia, generally translated as “happiness” or sometimes “well being”. To have the potential of ever being happy in this way necessarily requires a good character (thikē aret), often translated as moral (or ethical) virtue (or excellence). Aristotle taught that to achieve a virtuous and potentially happy character requires a first stage of having the fortune to be habituated not deliberately, but by teachers, and experience, leading to a later stage in which one consciously chooses to do the best things. When the best people come to live life this way their practical wisdom (phronēsis) and their intellect (nous) can develop with each other towards the highest possible human virtue, the wisdom of an accomplished theoretical or speculative thinker, or in other words, a philosopher. Politics In addition to his works on ethics, which address the individual, Aristotle addressed the city in his work titled Politics. Aristotle considered the city to be a natural community. Moreover, he considered the city to be prior in importance to the family which in turn is prior to the individual, “for the whole must of necessity be prior to the part”. He also famously stated that “man is by nature a political animal.” Aristotle conceived of politics as being like an organism rather than like a machine, and as a collection of parts none of which can exist without the others. Aristotle’s conception of the city is organic, and he is considered one of the first to conceive of the city in this manner.

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History and Aristotle The common modern understanding of a political community as a modern state is quite different to Aristotle’s understanding. Although he was aware of the existence and potential of larger empires, the natural community according to Aristotle was the city (polis) which functions as a political “community” or “partnership” (koinōnia). The aim of the city is not just to avoid injustice or for economic stability, but rather to allow at least some citizens the possibility to live a good life, and to perform beautiful acts: “The political partnership must be regarded, therefore, as being for the sake of noble actions, not for the sake of living together.” This is distinguished from modern approaches, beginning with social contract theory, according to which individuals leave the state of nature because of “fear of violent death” or its “inconveniences.” Rhetoric and poetics Aristotle considered epic poetry, tragedy, comedy, dithyrambic poetry and music to be imitative, each varying in imitation by medium, object, and manner. For example, music imitates with the media of rhythm and harmony, whereas dance imitates with rhythm alone, and poetry with language. The forms also differ in their object of imitation. Comedy, for instance, is a dramatic imitation of men worse than average; whereas tragedy imitates men slightly better than average. Lastly, the forms differ in their manner of imitation – through narrative or character, through change or no change, and through drama or no drama. Aristotle believed that imitation is natural to mankind and constitutes one of mankind’s advantages over animals. While it is believed that Aristotle’s Poetics comprised two books – one on comedy and one on tragedy – only the portion that focuses on tragedy has survived. Aristotle taught that tragedy is composed of six elements: plot-structure, character, style, spectacle, and lyric poetry. The characters in a tragedy are merely a means of driving the story; and the plot, not the characters, is the chief focus of tragedy. Tragedy is the imitation of action arousing pity and fear, and is meant to effect the catharsis of those same emotions. Aristotle concludes Poetics with a discussion on which, if either, is superior: epic or tragic mimesis. He suggests that because tragedy possesses all the attributes of an epic, possibly possesses additional attributes such as spectacle and music, is more unified, and achieves the aim of its mimesis in shorter scope, it can be considered superior to epic. Aristotle was a keen systematic collector of riddles, folklore, and proverbs; he and his school had a special interest in the riddles of the Delphic Oracle

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and studied the fables of Aesop. Technics • Rhetoric (books 3) • Poetic (not preserved in whole) Legacy More than twenty-three hundred years after his death, Aristotle remains one of the most influential people who ever lived. According to the philosopher Bryan Magee, “it is doubtful whether any human being has ever known as much as he did”.Aristotle was the founder of formal logic, pioneered the study of zoology, and left every future scientist and philosopher in his debt through his contributions to the scientific method. Despite these achievements, the influence of Aristotle’s errors is considered by some to have held back science considerably. Bertrand Russell notes that “almost every serious intellectual advance has had to begin with an attack on some Aristotelian doctrine”. Russell also refers to Aristotle’s ethics as “repulsive”, and calls his logic “as definitely antiquated as Ptolemaic astronomy”. Russell notes that these errors make it difficult to do historical justice to Aristotle, until one remembers how large of an advance he made upon all of his predecessors. Visit also: www.en.mountathosarea.org/our-area/aristotle

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The Trails The Mount Athos Area (Halkidiki / Greece) is a unique place: • • • • •

On the borders of Mount Athos, the only living religious monument in the world, it is a leading pilgrimaging destination with dozens of special routes inside and outside the Holy Community. Following in the steps of Persian king Xerxes, who in antiquity crossed with his fleet through the narrowest piece of Athonian land, to conquer Greece, this route is today a point of reference between the East and the West, as the sole Persian footprint in Europe. Birthplace of the greatest Greek philosopher, Aristotle, the land welcomes thousands of travellers and intellectuals in its archaeological site of exquisite natural beauty. Motherland of the famous Mademochoria, it has been one of the most economically powerful areas in the Ottoman period, a thoroughly alternative natural destination, combining 300 kilometres of coastline with two mountains, it composes an exceptional natural scenery and particular architectural techniques, that shape phenomena and tourist figures hard to find in only one destination!

The people born in and serving this unique spot in the world, have mapped eight (8) of the dozens of special routes and proudly present them to you. We have created for you, fans of walking, an excellent database, where each route is connected to an international historical uniqueness: • • • •

Mount Athos and the Byzantine Empire, Philosopher Aristotle - tutor to Alexander the Great, The Persian wars of antiquity, The Ottoman period Mamedochoria.

This is the difference between walking routes around the world and those in the region around Athos: each one takes visitors to different historical eras and creates an immediate contact with the historical evidence and archaeological findings, thus turning walking - apart from a mere natureloving activity - to a historical tour through monuments and sites with museum value and identity! Here, we present to you the most famous one: the “Aristoteleian Walk” for which dozens of articles have been already writen! Here is one of the most famous! www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jun/13/ mary-beard-walking-aristotle-trail-greece-halkidiki So, enjoy the trip! 20


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The Aristotelian walk ÂŤ...Birthplace to the greatest Greek philosopher, Aristotle, the land welcomes thousands of travellers and intellectuals in its archaeological site of exquisite natural beauty...Âť A speacial walk through the village of Olympiada and its picturesque port to the ancient city of Stageira. There you will encounter the UNIQUE in terms of natural beauty and historical importance archaeological site, which invites you to walk through it, discover it and unravel the history of glorious Macedonia! Filled with images that capture the green and the blue forming exceptional colour combinations, continue your tour on the Aristelian Mountain, fill your lungs with oxygen and rare scents of nature to end up again on the fish port and relax watching the big blue of the Aegean Sea! See the steps:

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The Aristotelian walk Walk through the village of Olympiada and its picturesque port to the ancient city of Stageira. There you will encounter the UNIQUE in terms of natural beauty and historical importance archaeological site, which invites you to walk through it, discover it and unravel the history of glorious Macedonia! Filled with images that capture the green and the blue forming exceptional colour combinations, continue your tour on the Aristelian Mountain, fill your lungs with oxygen and rare scents of nature to end up again on the fish port and relax watching the big blue of the Aegean Sea!

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The Gastronomy The Mount Athos and Aristotle Area is a region rich in flavours and history! Located at the foot of Agion Oros with its unique culinary particularity of a diet based on vegetables and fish for the 2,500 monks living on it, the region is inspired by their mysticism, mentality, lifestyle and habits and hence presents dishes of a distinct identity. Birthplace to the greatest philosopher of antiquity, Aristotle, the region is also gastronomically influenced by the ancient Greek cuisine, based on the fruits of the forest, the Aristotelian mount and mother earth. As a place that welcomed the refugees of Pontos and Asia Minor the region has integrated culinary traditions of the east to create dishes with colours and aromas of the unforgettable homelands, reflecting an exceptional sense of housekeeping. With 300 kilometres of coastline complementing its natural beauty, the region makes good use of the local fisheries with fish and seafood dishes that bring out the quality of local products and captures the smell of iodine and the flavour of the "blessed salt"! With the Aristotelian Mountain and the evergreen Cholomontas surrounding it, the Athos region combines the spicy and tasty culinary flavours of the mountain areas with traditional flavours, in exquisite pies and patties, creating dishes that can please even the most demanding pallets! Naturally, words are never enough to show the culinary diversity, quality and quantity. This can only be experienced through the very trip!

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You can cook our recipes too! All this harvesting is transformed into delicious dishes, into wonderful menus and gourmet creations throughout the duration of Mount Athos Area Kouzina. This is also the philosophy of the event: to bring out the local products and culinary influences, creating a culinary identity in a destination that has a unique primary production! On the following pages you will find recipes of dishes from Mount Athos Area Kouzina 2014 and from traditional local creations. What do you say? Do you want to try some cooking with us?

Octopus sweet stew (with figs, plums and honey from the Aristotelian Mount) By Luludia Alexiadou, chef in Akroyali restaurant Ingredients 1 octopus (preferably fresh) 2 – 3 bay leaves 3-4 big onions pimento and peppercorns 2 t.s garlic, grated 2 green peppers 1 t.s. sugar 2 red peppers 1 cup of olive oil 4 dried plums 4 dried figs 1/2 glass of cognac 1/2 cup of honey from Arnea 1/2 glass of white wine of Halkidiki 1/4 glass of vinegar 1 kg tomatoes Clean and thoroughly wash the octopus. Boil in a pan with very little water, vinegar and black pepper until is soft and then drain it and cut it into pieces. Leave it aside and sautÊ the onions, garlic, pimento and peppercorns in a large frying pan. Add the wine, cognac and vinegar and then the fresh tomatoes and sugar. Then add the octopus, with a little water and leave it to simmer for about an hour, until its mellow. Finally, add the chopped peppers, figs, plums and honey, cover the pan and remove it from heat to allow the steam to soften all ingredients. Tip: It is important to have fresh octopus and honey from Arnea. Only then will you get the quality served in Akroyali restaurant, which is famous for the top quality of its ingredients. Remember to add pepper to the water when boiling the octopus, as it helps soften the octopus.

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Mussels from Olympiada in spicy sauce By Louloudia Alexiadou, chef in Akroyali restaurant Ingredients 1 bag of mussels, fresh and cleaned 1 ripe tomato 1 green pepper 1 red pepper Lemon, slices and grated peel 1 handful of parsley, chopped 1/2 cup of olive oil Lemon juice Mustard Feta cheese, crumbled Oregano Chilli pepper (optional) Scrub and debeard the mussels. Pour the olive oil in a pan and add the tomato, the peppers, the lemon and bring to the boil. Add the mussels, lemon juice and season to taste. Turn the heat to high and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and oregano.

Tip: The secret of this dish are the mussels from Olympiada. They are the best in Greece - tasty, big, clean, healthy! This is because Strimonas river flows into the Strimonikos bay, where Olybiada is situated, and as a result there are the perfect conditions for the production of the famous ÂŤMussels from Olympiada. The locals celebrate the sea for this gift and every year on 6 of July they organise the mussel festival, to celebrate the rich local production.

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The Culture The Culture Have fun at the many cultural events, the dozens of local festivals, learn the habits and well-preserved old customs and folklore and take part in ceremonies reviving old customs, which make up a magical image of a different world, satisfying even the most demanding visitors! There are countless summer evening concerts and “Aristoteleian” cultural events of all kinds on the moonlit beaches and other visitable archaeological sites (on nights with a full moon) and the cobblestone streets of the mountain areas. In winter, the picture is even more idyllic: Christmas Villages and Markets, the celebrations and traditions of Christmas, New Year, Carnival and Easter take visitors on a journey to nostalgic times and evoke memories of Greek authenticity!

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Book a Hotel Book a Hotel The area of Olympiada has 2 hotels units of all kinds, 10 hostels / traditional guesthouses, translated into 254 hotel beds. For your stay we suggest you choose an accommodation from the list below, depending on your needs and wants. No matter what you choose, rest assured that you will love it.

Name

Beds Address

Telephone & Fax

E-mail

Website

** Germany

31 57014 Olympiada

t:+30 2376051255, 51362 f:+30 2376051255

hotel.liotopi@gmail.com

www.Halkidiki.de, www.Halkidiki-guenstig.de, www.halkidiki-hotels.gr, www.Halkidiki.co.uk

Liotopi

33 57014 Olympiada

t:+30 2376051257, 51361, hotel.liotopi@gmail.com 51255, 51362 f:+30 2376051255

www.Halkidiki.de, www.Halkidiki-guenstig.de, www.halkidiki-hotels.gr, www.Halkidiki.co.uk

12 63082 Stratoni

+30 23760 22376

aristidis-rooms@aristidisrooms.gr

www.aristidis-rooms.gr

8 63082 Stratoni

+30 6979721634

kara.theodora@gmail.com

Appartments Aristidis Rooms Chrisos Ilios Marianni

8 57014 Olympiada

+30 2376051504

info@marianni.gr

www.marianni.gr

Olympiada Rooms

12 57014 Olympiada

+30 6987140533

fanisrooms@hotmail.com

www.olympiada-rooms.gr

Platanos

21 57014 Olympiada

+30 2376051265

anastasiadousou@yahoo.gr

Roula

10 63082 Stratoni

+30 2376022541

flygod@live.com

Yasoo Holiday Apartments

18 57014 Olympiada

+30 6983153300

yasoo.holidays@gmail.com

www.yasoo-apartments.gr

8 57014 Olympiada

+30 6948 289281

yannakam@yahoo.gr

www.olimpiada.gr/villayanna

9 57014 Olympiada

+30 2376051455, +30 6977261662

info@en-iko-christianna.gr

www.en-iko-christianna.gr

18 57014 Olympiada

+30 2376051000

info@kargas-apartments.gr

www.kargas-apartments.gr

Villa Anna Traditional Inns En Iko Cristianna Kargas Apartments

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Where to eat With a rich local production, the Olympiada region could not but be a distinguished culinary destination. Where will you enjoy all these products, cooked with special techniques? We suggest the following culinary hot spots:

Akroyali Restaurant The Akroyali restaurant is the most famous culinary destination on the Aristotelian Mountain! Built by the shire, right next to the birthplace of the greatest philosopher of Greek history, with a view to the walls of the Hellenistic city of Stageira, offers its visitors tastes inspired by nature and history. Its cuisine is based on top quality ingredients, the blend of local tradition with flavours from Asia minor and the exclusive use of local, wholesome products. Fresh seafood, organic herbs from the Aristotelian Mountain, fruits and nuts from the evergreen forest, pure honey from Arnea, virgin olive oil from the groves of Pyrgadikia and so many more! With the love, diligence, kindness and care of the host, Louloudia Alexiadou, you will be able to enjoy delicious menus and an endless variety of dishes - at least 70 a day!

Akroyali Restaurant 57014 Olympiada Reservations +30 2376051255 & hotel.liotopi@gmail.com www.hotel-liotopi.gr 36

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PEROQUET all day beach bar The ultimate summer all day beach bar. In the heart of the beach of Olympiada, just above the waves, overlooking the island Kapros and the ancient city of Stagira, the Aegean breeze meets the welcoming mood of the owner Giannis Petrakis to create a unique combination of quality! Superb drinks, all kinds of coffees, cool cocktails, frozen drinks and beers accompany you throughout the day, while, at night, its choice music will get you excited, transforming the Mediterranean summers into a Greek feast and a sensual celebration! Snacks and excellent evening cocktails accompany summer concerts on the sand and lift your spirits to intoxicating levels. Are you still thinking about it? Book now and join your own celebration!

57014 Olympiada Contact: +30 6947307393 E-mail: PetrakisIoannis66@gmail.com

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