- Transfer time 1½ hrs -
Olymbiada is an unspoiled, authentically Greek seaside village. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and even has its own archaeological site, ancient Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle.
Organised excursions are limited but one we would highly recommend all Olymbiada visitors to make is the cruise down the western flank of Mount Athos to view the world-renowned monasteries (a UNESCO World Heritage site) from the sea. These depart daily from Ouranoupolis a 45 minute car or taxi drive to the south and cost c 20 euro.
Backed by pine-covered hills, Olymbiada has a long beach – mainly sandy (some pebbles) gently shelving and very safe – stretching around the bay, with a fishing harbour to one end. Half-a-dozen seasonal tavernas plus a handful of cafés directly front the beach. Walk south over the headland below hilltop Stagira, and you will come to a string of other beaches. The first, almost below the ancient walls, is only a 5 minute walk and its clear waters are excellent for snorkelling.
Holidays In Olymbiada
The area is heavily wooded and good for walking - one popular route is up to a waterfall (4 kms), although if you don't wish to walk the hotels organise weekly trips free of charge. Our Olymbiada hotels give advice and free maps for walkers. Mountain bikes are also offered free of charge and again advice and routes are freely given by the hotels. For those with a car it is a beautiful drive through the forest to the traditional village of Arnea. Horse riding can be arranged from the nearby village of Stavros.
The whole village celebrates its main Saints day on 7th July. Following a procession from the church, the annual shindig includes unlimited free local mussels and wine. Worth catching we think!
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