Ierissos

Village in Central Macedonia

Close to the famous philosopher's birthplace, here you will find Aristotle's Theme Park, a series of beaches, and boat tours to Mount Athos.

Ierissos Attractions

Byzantine Tower of Prosphorion

The 12th century Byzantine tower at the seafront is now Ouranoupoli's landmark. You can enter the building and learn more.

The remnants of the Stagira archaeological site with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background.
hidden gem
distant ≈ 31.4km

Ancient Stageira (Archaeological Site)

This is Aristotle's birthplace and the place he was buried too. His compatriots threw annual festivities to commemorate him and turned his tomb into an altar.

The remains and the main entrance of the main church of the ancient monastery of Zygos.
photo: Knop92

Zygou Monastery (Ruins)

An ancient monastery of Mount Athos that was abandoned at the beginning of the 12th century. It's close to a nice beach, so maybe you combine them?

Ancient Akanthos

The remains of Akanthos, and ancient town extending over three hills. No signage, so history lovers should do their homework first.

Ierissos Things to Do

The statue of Aristotle and the mountain behind the Aristotle's Park.
distant ≈ 25.4km

Aristotle's Park, Stagira

An absolutely worth-visiting theme park that educates visitors about Aristotle's physics with interactive methods. Excellent for children.

Athos Boat Trips / Cruises (From Ouranoupoli)

Three-hour boat trip carried out daily from April to October, that will have you admiring Mount Athos' wilderness from afar. Open to women too.

A picture of the waterfalls of Varvara in Halkidiki among rocks.
distant ≈ 35.8km

Varvara Waterfalls

In this area of natural beauty and dense vegetation, you will find these waterfalls - ideal for a short visit for relaxation.

Ierissos Beaches

A photo of the Olympiada Beach of Halkidiki.
distant ≈ 32.1km

Olympiada Beach

Sandy beach with pebbles while entering the water, while it offers numerous food and drink choices.

A panoramic photo that shows a part of the Voulitsa Beach at Nea Roda of Halkidiki.
photo: Chryspan at English Wikipedia

Voulitsa Beach, Nea Roda

Small sandy cove that can be reached through a decent dirt road. It has relatively deep waters and hosts a beach bar that dominates the area.

Ierissos Beach

One of the longest beaches in north-eastern Halkidiki. Organized and close to the homonymous settlement that includes all the facilities.

Ouranoupolis Beach

The homonymous settlement is the last town before Mount Athos, while the local beach stands for its fine sand and the nearby quality resorts.

Stratoni Beach

A well-organized public beach that stands for its sand and takes advantage of the amenities and the infrastructure of the local settlement.

Nea Roda Beach

Long sandy beach just in front of the homonymous settlement with numerous tavernas and beach bars.

Develiki Beach

Tiny fisherman settlement with the homonymous quiet beach that is partly organized but hosts two tavernas famous for their fresh fish.

A photo depicting a family to enjoy the sun and the water at the Kampos (Ladhario) beach of Pyrgadikia.
photo: Pyraechmes

Kampos (Ladhario) Beach, Pyrgadikia

A large semi-organized sandy beach with a beach bar, as well as beach volley and soccer fields.

Drenia Island Beach

Blue-green sandy beach of an uninhabited islet, hosting a restaurant & a beach bar in the summer.

Ierissos Day Trips

Sithonia Halkidiki

If you prefer natural beauty and nightlife, Sithonia is abundant with isolated beaches, glamorous beach bars, and scenic drives. Best for families.

Ammouliani

An absolute hidden gem in terms of natural beauty, delicious food, and astonishing beaches, this place is the only inhabited island of Halkidiki.

Mount Athos

The Holy Mountain is a monastic state of pristine beauty without much technology. No women are allowed in, and men follow the monks' program.

Arnaia

This traditional settlement of mountainous Halkidiki is famous for its architecture and picturesque surrounding landscape. Explore on foot and by car.

The paved coastal promenade on the right and Olympiada beach on the left.
distant ≈ 31.8km

Olympiada, Chalkidiki

Settlement that was founded by Greek refugees from Asia Minor and bears the name of Alexander's mother. Decent beach, nice promenade.

Questions & Answers about Ierissos

Why Visit Ierissos?
  • With developed tourist facilities and infrastructure, and a beach that is 11 km long.
  • The biggest village of the municipality with nearly 3.500 inhabitants.
  • An entering point for the monastic state of Mount Athos.
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