Beaches to Enjoy in Athos, Greece
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Athos, Greece is well-known for being the home to the “Holy Mountain.” It is also known as the “right foot” of the Halkidiki peninsulas. While much of the peninsula is off-limits for visitors, setting eyes on the mountain and surrounding landscape is worth visiting for. And while you’re there, there are a number of beaches available to spend time at. Each one provides a unique view of this special area.
Located at the border of Mount Athos where the holy community is separated from the rest of the region by the old naval station of the Chromitsa Monastery is Arsanas Beach. If you’re spending the day in Ouranoupoli, this beach is a must-see. It is known for its lovely white pebbles and its view of Athos. The water at Arsanas Beach is cold and invigorating as it comes directly from the springs in the area. Access to the beach can be gained by boat, by swimming, or by following a dirt road from Livadi.
Nea Roda Beach
Located at the narrowest part of the leg of Mount Athos is the beach of Nea Roda. The beach has fine white sand and access to water sports. There is also a camping site just 1 km from the village of Nea Roda. Around the beach you find family friendly hotels, cafés, and fish taverns. The village of Nea Roda is home to approximately 1,150 residents whose main occupations are tourism, fishing, and agriculture.
In the Akanthios Gulf area of Athos is the 800 meter long beach of Stratoni. This beach is well-organized with sun beds, changing tents, and showers. There is also a bar and restaurant on site, so you won’t have to go far when you need a snack or drink. The sand at Stratoni Beach is fine and the water is clean and ideal with swimming. If you are traveling through the village of Stratoni, this beach is the perfect spot to stop and relax at.
Across from Athos is the small, but majestic island of Ammouliani. Ammouliani is the only inhabited island in the region and has become a popular destination for tourists. Ammos means “sand” in Greek and accurately describes the island as it consists mainly of sandy coastline and sand coves. The water around the island is a beautiful turquoise color. You can get to Ammouliani Island by taking a tour boat or renting a boat to get there yourself.
The beaches at Ammouliani Island are varied. Saint George Beach is located on the northeast side of the island and provides a view of Ouranoupoli. Taverns that serve seafood can be found nearby. Alykes Beach is a popular spot likely due to its 3 beach bars and its crystal green-blue water. This beach is 1 km long and found at the south side of the island.
If you’re visiting the Athos, Greece, be sure to check out the lovely beaches in the area.
This post was written by Greek Boston