Afytos is a village in Chalkidiki, northern Greece. It is part of the municipality Kassandra. It is situated on the northeastern coast of the Kassandra peninsula, 6 km northeast of Kassandreia, 31 km south of Polygyros and 73 km southeast of Thessaloniki. In 2011 its population was 1,273. Its elevation is 50 m. The area around Afytos consists of farmlands in low hills. Its economy is based on agriculture and tourism. Its folklore museum was founded in 1980 by the folklore councillor Nikos Paralis. The town attracts tourists mainly from the surrounding region due to its beaches and local craft markets. The museum is located in the building of the Alevras family. Councils and clubs include the Folklore Friendship Council and Afytos Tradition.
The cave of Petralona is located about one kilometer east of the village Petralona. It is about 50 kilometers northeast of Thessaloniki, at an altitude of 300 meters. It was discovered in 1959 by villagers who found a skull there that belonged to prehistoric man. Research has proved that this skull is about 700,000 years old and belongs to the oldest ever discovered European man. In the cave fossils of bears, panthers, elephants, rhinoceros and many other animals have also been found. Visitors have the opportunity to admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites from 9am until 4pm during the winter and until 6pm during the summer months.
Mount Athos Cruise
Agio Oros (Ouranoupolis)
Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Mount Athos is commonly referred to in Greek as the “Holy Mountain” (Ἅγιον Ὄρος Hágion Óros) and the entity as the “Athonite State” (Αθωνική Πολιτεία, Athoniki Politia). Other languages of Orthodox tradition also use names translating to “Holy Mountain” (e.g. Bulgarian and Serbian Света гора Sveta gora, Russian Святая гора Svyatya gora, Georgian მთაწმინდა). In the classical era, while the mountain was called Athos, the peninsula was known as Acté or Akté (Ἀκτή).
Mount Athos has been inhabited since ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other countries, including Eastern Orthodox countries such as Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world. The Athonite monasteries feature a rich collection of well-preserved artifacts, rare books, ancient documents, and artworks of immense historical value, and Mount Athos has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1988.
Although Mount Athos is technically part of the European Union like the rest of Greece, the status of the Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, and the jurisdiction of the Athonite institutions, were expressly described and ratified upon admission of Greece to the European Community (precursor to the EU). The free movement of people and goods in its territory is prohibited, unless formal permission is granted by the Monastic State’s authorities, and only males are allowed to enter.
Agia Paraskeyi Natural Thermal Spa
Agia Paraskevi is located in the inland of Kassandra, surrounded by a pine forest. The settlement Loutra was named after the curative springs, lies five kilometers south of Agia Paraskevi, in front of the sea. The baths are located in the southern edge of Kassandra peninsula, in a magnificent spot, at the top of a hill with a viewto the sea. The sea, the pines, the amazing natural scenery of the area compose a unique picture of beauty.
The temperature of the water is 34,5o C
Characterisation: Hot Cl- Na- Br- HS-B-CO2 hypertonic, slightly radioactive curative water of the municipality of Kassandra.
Therapeutic Indications: For ailments of the bones and joints- muscles: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, slipped disc, myitis- myalgia, tendonitis, old fractures, cervical syndrome. Skin ailments: seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, eczemas. Urinary and gynecological ailments.
Health thermalism facilities: In the first years, a small hydrotherapy centre with two rooms was created in the location of the springs. In 2000 the new modern building was built. It has two mixed pools, one outdoors and one indoors, and ten individual tubs with curative water at a temperature of 34,5o C. Furthermore, in order to rejuvenate, the facilities have sauna, Turkish bath, douches, jacuzzi (group and individual). The baths function throughout the year, seven days a week. Visitors can find rooms to rent and hotels for their accommodation in the surrounding area.