Hiking in Holomontas (Taxiarchi – Arnaias)

Hiking in Holomontas (Taxiarchi – Arnaias)

Hiking in Holomontas (Taxiarchi – Arnaias)
Completed Event
27 November 2022/ 07:00
10 hours
Level 2
22 euros/ person

The Salonica View alternative tourism office organizes a one-day hike on the trails of Mountain Chalkidiki, specifically on the mountain of Holomontas.

A few words about our trip:

We will start early by bus from Thessaloniki. At a distance of about one hour and fifteen minutes from Thessaloniki, we will reach the starting point of our hike, the village of Paleochora, Halkidiki. We will start from Paleochora following the route that leads to the middle of the green Holomontas at 900m. altitude. 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. Our hike will end near Taxiarchi - Arnaia road. Afterward, we will visit the picturesque town of Arnaia and have free time for coffee and food.


Route Features:

Track features:

a) Degree of difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate

b) Hiking duration: 4.30 -5 hours

c) Distance: 11 km.

** Relatively good physical condition is required


Points of interest:


It is a mountain in 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. The mountain has many mushrooms, aromatic plants, and herbs, while its fauna is also rich with many species of wild animals and birds.

Arnea town:

Historical place and traditional settlement, which is built at the foot of Holomonts, at an altitude of 600 m. In the settlement, there are beautiful traditional houses. and buildings that remain intact to this day and 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 you can take, you will see the Mansion of Arnaia, where today the Historical and Folklore Museum is housed, as well as the old school built in 1872 next to the church of Agios Stefanos.

Taxiarchis Village:

The village of Taxiarchis is well known in Holomont, where its square is lined with cafes and taverns. The name of the village is due to Archangel Michael, whose temple is located there.


Participation fee:

22 euros/person by bus.


The price includes:

  1. Escort and organization
  2. Experienced mountain guides
  3. Transportation by bus
  4. First aid box
  5. 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 (Payee: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)

National Bank of Greece IBAN GR2701102230000022300527524 (Payee: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)


You must have with you:

  1. Mountaineering boots
  2. Hiking pants or leggings
  3. Second top, socks, trousers, and a small towel (change)
  4. Snack
  5. Water
  6. Backpack
  7. Waterproof (required)
  8. Tissues
  9. Baton (optional)
  10. Camera (optional)

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 the weather conditions do not allow the event to occur again, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, 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 for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.


07:00 - Departure by bus from Eastern Thessaloniki (Voulgari - Everest)
07:15 – Departure from Thessaloniki (Venizelos Statue – Aristotelous Square)
07:30 - Departure from West Thessaloniki (One Salonica)
09:00 – Start hiking from the village of Paleochora (Halkidiki)
13:30 - End hiking
14:00 - Free time for coffee and food in the town of Arnaia
15:30 – Departure for Thessaloniki
17:00- Return to Thessaloniki


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