On the top of the Mount Athos peninsula and at a distance of 120 km away from the airport of Thessaloniki lies Ouranoupoli, the Gate of Mount Athos.
Ouranoupoli is a divine landscape, combining mountainous and sea beauties, promising unforgettable holidays, especially for the travelers seeking the relaxation, away from the stress of the town. The village seems to be a serene portrait which welcomes the pilgrims and prepares them for their spiritual journey to Mount Athos.
Besides that Ouranoupoli means in Greek, the city of the heaven, the city who drives you up to heaven… Its visitors are welcomed by the Tower of Andronikos, the “alert protector” of the city for centuries, built in 1344 by the monastery Vatopediou as a protection from the pirates.
In front of the tower lies the port, the gate of Mount Athos, where either the ferry boats travel to the monasteries or cruise around the peninsula at a distance of 500 m from the beach.
The tower is known to have existed already in 1344, but appears to have been older than this.
There are excellent restaurants along the area where you can taste the authentic Greek cuisine, consisting of fresh fish, seafood and other dishes that will get your mouth watered. Since the area is a developed fishing region, it isn’t uncommon to have just brought catch served in front of you.
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