Starting from the airport of Thessaloniki you can start with your rental a very nice trip to the third peninsula of Halkidiki. This route includes the following areas: Thessaloniki – Petralona – Cholomontas – Ierissos – Mt Athos
Leaving the airport of Thessaloniki you may follow the National Road of Thessaloniki – Moudania. After 25 km of drive with your rental car, turn right on New Sillata / / New Triglia / / Petralona and enter the old national road of Thessaloniki – Moudania. From there follow the signs to Petralona in Halkidiki at a distance of 40 km away from Thessaloniki airport to reach the area of Petralona.
Petralona is a hilly village of Halkidiki, and is covered largely by the mountain Katsika from the top of which Halkidiki can be seen panoramically. Located approximately one kilometer away from the village of Mount Katsika, is the famous cave of Petralona in which there have been found many anthropological findings and the oldest signs of habitation of Greek geography. Do not miss a visit to this cave. Widely known also is the Anthropological Museum of Petralona operating since 1978, in which you can find replicas of the mausoleum of Arhanthropos of Petralona, the oldest samples of fire (at least 1,000,000 years), as well as many stone and bone tools , found in the area of Nea Triglia Halkidiki.
Next stop of this excursion we suggest you to visit with your rental car is Cholomontas in Halkidiki which is located 61 km away from Thessaloniki’s Airport. To reach Cholomonta you should drive for a short distance into a dirt road which however can be passed easily.
Cholomontas is a mountain of Chalkidiki prefecture with the highest altitude of 1,165 meters. It is the tallest mountain in Halkidiki and covers almost the entire eastern and central parts of the county. The area is rich in forest, which is usually snowy during the winter and offers unforgettable tours and hikes among the beautiful streams and springs.
The nature lovers, who would like to know the mountainous Halkidiki, can follow the three forest trails that are engraved in the area:
The 16th track, starting at Poligiros and continues to the surrounding hills in a beautiful natural landscape.
The 17th track, which begins in the famous village Taksiarchis and across a dense forest, leads to the village Vrastama.
On the 18th, which starts at Vrastama and ends again in the same village. Passing through the natural cave of St. Efthimiou.
In some places even the above routes, the view to the Aegean and the three peninsulas of Halkidiki is very impressive.
Continuing this tour with your rental car picked up from Thessaloniki’s airport you will find Ierissos in Halkidiki.
Ierissos is found on the third peninsula of Halkidiki and 100 km away from Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki. It is a beautiful and modern structured coastal town of Halkidiki. Characteristic is the beautiful beach with golden sand and clear waters. Here you can find clean rooms and apartments with friendly hosts, taverns and cafeterias on the beach. No wonder every summer Ierissos is flooded by tourists and by many excursionists from Thessaloniki.
Next and last stop of this excursion we suggest you to do with your rental car is Agio Oros, which also lies in the third peninsula of Halkidiki at a distance of 140 km away from Thessaloniki’s Airport.
Mount Athos is an “Autonomous Monastic State” on the Athos peninsula of Halkidiki and is considered the center of Orthodox monasticism. Characteristic is the many monasteries located on the edge of Mount just above the sea. The picture will amaze you. In the peninsula of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki, according to the old Byzantine order, entrance to women is forbidden. You can visit Mount Athos by road or by sea. In the second case, the boat sails from Ouranoupoli at the side of Siggitikos and sails near the shore of the peninsula. Too many visitors from all over Greece, mainly from Thessaloniki, arrive every year on Mount Athos to live this unforgettable experience offered by the monastic life together with the beautiful scenery.
Reading the above, it is easy to see how a trip to the third peninsula of Halkidiki, which combines mountain and sea, will be unforgettable. For this reason, therefore, rent a car from us and from the Airport of Thessaloniki and follow the above suggestions.