The Salonica View alternative tourism office organizes a one-day hiking trip on the trails of Mountain Halkidiki, specifically on the mountain of Holomont.
A few words about our trip:
We will start by bus from Thessaloniki and at a distance of about one hour and fifteen minutes from our city, we will reach the village of Taxiarchis in the mountainous massif of Holomontas. The starting point of our hike will be just outside the village. At the beginning of our route, we will follow a rural road and then we will enter a path. We will walk through the dense forest facing the famous Holomonts firs that are grown in the area and available from the fir producers during the Christmas season. We will make our first rest stop at the fountain of "Kynige" and then we will climb up to the neck of "Bukas" at 920m. During our route, we will see the view of the Aegean emerging. Our hike will end in the picturesque town of Arnaia, where it will welcome us, decorated for Christmas, to relax for coffee and/or food. The route is suitable for children aged 10+, accompanied by an adult.
a) Degree of difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate
b) Hiking duration: 4.30 -5 hours
c) Distance: 11 km.
d) Altitude difference of 300m ascent.
e) Altitude difference of descent 300m.
** Relatively good physical condition is required
Points of interest:
Mountain of the prefecture of Halkidiki with a maximum altitude of 1,165 meters. It is the second-highest mountain of the Halkidiki peninsula and covers almost the entire eastern and central part of the prefecture. It is covered by dense vegetation mainly of deciduous trees such as oak and broadleaf. A large part of the mountain has been included in the Natura 2000 network. The mountain has been known since ancient times for its timber, which was sought after by shipbuilders. There are also many types of mushrooms, aromatic plants, and herbs, while the fauna of the area is also rich with many species of wild animals and birds.
It is a Historical Site and Traditional Settlement and is located at the foot of Holomont, at an altitude of 600 m. In the settlement, some beautiful traditional houses and buildings remain intact to this day, as they are excellent examples of Macedonian traditional architecture. Arnaia has many narrow cobbled streets which are a reference point for this small town. On the walk that you may take, you will see the Mansion of Arnaia, where today the Historical and Folklore Museum is housed, as well as the old school that was built in 1872 next to the church of Saint Stefanos.
The village of Taxiarchis is well known in Holomonta, where its square is lined with cafes and taverns. The name of the village is due to Archangel Michael, whose temple is located in the area.
23 euros/person by bus.
The price includes:
- Escort and organization
- Experienced mountain guides
- Transportation by bus
- First aid box
- VHF Wireless
CAUTION!!! Payment of the full amount is made to the bank accounts below within 4 days of your booking. Otherwise, the booking is canceled.
Piraeus Bank IBAN GR41 0172 2220 0052 2209 3179 693 (Beneficiary: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)
National Bank of Greece IBAN GR2701102230000022300527524 (Beneficiary: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)
*** In case the payment is made by a bank other than the above, the customer must pay the additional cost.
You must have with you:
- Mountaineering boots
- Hiking pants or leggings
- Second top, socks, trousers, and a small towel (change)
- Raincoat (required)
- Trekking Pole (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- Jacket & fleece t-shirt
Note 1. When you click to book, declare in the message where you will take the bus from. The options are Voulgari (Everest), Aristotelous (Statue of Venizelos) or One Salonica. E.g. Statue of Venizelos
Note 2. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the event date, the money is not returned.
Note 3. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.
Note 4. For the best functioning of the event and safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.
07:30 - Departure from West Thessaloniki (One Salonica)
07:45 – Departure from Thessaloniki (Venizelos Statue – Aristotelous Square)
08:00 - Departure by bus from Eastern Thessaloniki (Voulgari - Everest)
09:00 – Start hiking from the village of Paleochora (Halkidiki)
13:30 - End of hike
14:00 - Free time for coffee and food in the festive Arnaia
16:30 – Departure for Thessaloniki
17:30- Return to Thessaloniki