HALKIDIKI BY DANAI
Deep in the Royal Valley of the Sithonian Honeybees or behind the imposing walls of a crumbling fortress, stories linger to be told. Upon each of our excursions, curiosity leads to ancient Monasteries, historic sights, and dreamy beaches by yacht, car, bike, one´s feet or even on horseback as a new adventure is chased and its story about to begin.
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IN THE AREA OF KASSANDRA
Perched on a wisely selected location overseeing the plain, was an architecturally and organizationally exemplary city of the Classical times. Since the first years of the excavations carried out in the 1920s, it offered valuable information about the urban planning of settlements in the area with building blocks, wide, parallel thoroughfares, public areas and, generally, a perception of the Hippodamian urban planning concept. To avoid the summer heat we suggest that you visit the site early in the morning, as you will have to walk a lot. When you reach the northern hill, you will see up and close the way the city’s daily life was organized 2,500 years ago. Each block consisted of 10 houses with a shared, internal courtyard, running water and a sophisticated drainage system. To find the site, drive from Nikiti towards Nea Moudania and after you get past Kalyves Polygyrou, you will see the relevant sign on you right.
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IN CENTRAL HALKIDIKI
The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros
It is located in Heroou Square at the center of Polygyros. The exhibits cover a period ranging from the Bronze Age to the Roman period. It is worth seeing the semi-finished Kouros and a Kore dating from the 6th century BC, found in the sea off ancient Stageira, the clazomenian chest from Acanthus (considered to date from the 5th century BC), decorated with painted images, and the Stratonio statues, which probably originate from the late 1st century BC: the so-called “Lady of Stratoni” and a male statue. There are also weapons and jewelry from the late Archaic and Classical periods, and findings from Olynthus. In a separate space, you will see the exhibition entitled “Three Colonies of Andros in Chalkidiki: Sani, Acanthus, Stageira”. Open from 8.30 to 15.00, closed on Mondays, tel. +30 23710 22148.