Travelling is about discovering new places and landscapes. Porto Carras Grand Resort is located at the summer gem of Northern Greece: Halkidiki. Blessed with natural beauty and endowed with a rich history, the astonishing Halkidiki is a place worth exploring.

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Domaine Porto Carras

Domaine Porto Carras

Domaine Porto Carras, the largest organic vineyard in Europe and one of the most historic in Greece, is located on the mesmerizing hills of Mount Meliton. The selected varieties that grow organically there, thanks to the excellent microclimate of the region, have often been in the international spotlight, winning multiple awards. All labels are PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) to Meliton mountain, as well as PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) for Sithonia. One of the famous varieties and the oldest Greek variety, is called ‘Limnio’, and is referred to the writings of Aristotle.

The vineyard won the international 2015 Wine Tourism Awards for its excellent services, while the Domaine Porto Carras wines have been honored with over 150 awards. Hopping on the wine tasting resort train, Porto Carras’ guests have the opportunity to get to know more than 20 varieties of wine, as well as the exquisite organic tsipouro, and taste local flavors while admiring the most amazing view of the mountain Slopes of Meliton and the deep blue waters of the Toroneos Gulf.

Mount Athos

Mount Athos

At the eastern part of Halkidiki, lies one of the most majestic sites of Orthodox Christianity: the peninsula of Mount Athos. With more than twenty monasteries of exceptional traditional architecture, Mount Athos stands untouched by time, with stunning surroundings of land and sea mixed together. The monasteries have applied the “Avaton” since 1045, which prohibits women from visiting Mount Athos.

The easiest access to Mount Athos is by sea, from Ormos Panagia which is 40 minutes away.

Archaeological Sites & Monuments

Archaeological Sites & Monuments

Porto Carras Grand Resort is an ideal base from which you can explore this unique region. The cultural trail of Halkidiki has Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman roots. Here you can find some “must-sees” of the attractions, archaeological sites and museums of Halkidiki and Thessaloniki.

Parthenon (10 minutes away)

Parthenon (10 minutes away)

This traditional village counts centuries of history and features traditional Macedonian mansion houses, cobbled streets and stunning views of the Toroneos Gulf. The church of Saint Stephan, dating back to 1837, and the Folklore Museum are well worth a visit.

Porto Koufo (30 minutes away)

Porto Koufo (30 minutes away)

Porto Koufo is the largest natural port in the country and is perfect for a short excursion. You can enjoy fresh fish and seafood at the traditional taverns in a beautiful setting.

Ancient Οlynthos (50 minutes away)

Ancient Οlynthos (50 minutes away)

Βuilt on a hill at the Toroneos Gulf, Olynthos is one of the best-preserved classical Greek cities with the oldest-known Greek mosaic floors.

Petralona cave (75 minutes away)

Petralona cave (75 minutes away)

Admire Nature’s masterpiece at a labyrinthine landscape of stalactites and stalagmites in one of the most impressive caves in Europe. Petralona Cave boasts a large number of fossilized bones of various mammals and of course the famous skull of an ancient man, which is estimated to be 700,000 years old.

Ancient Akanthos (90 minutes away)

Ancient Akanthos (90 minutes away)

Dating back to the Classical and Hellenistic period, this port-city in eastern Halkidiki was one of the most important in the whole of Macedonia. Various ruins have been uncovered, including the city walls, and parts of public buildings.

Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

Discover the Byzantine Era in one of the most important museums in the country with valuable exhibits and artefacts of Byzantine culture, from the early Byzantine years up to the Turkish occupation.

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

A fascinating journey through the history of ancient Macedonia based on important finds of the late 6th century BC as well as significant discoveries from the royal tombs in Vergina.

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki (90 minutes away)

In an impressive 1904 listed building you can get to know the history of the Jews in Thessaloniki and their genocide by the Nazis during the occupation.

Kemal Ataturk Museum (90 minutes away)

Kemal Ataturk Museum (90 minutes away)

This museum is dedicated to the most important figure in Turkey during the 20th century, Kemal Ataturk and it is located in his actual home.

Amphipolis (110 minutes away)

Amphipolis (110 minutes away)

Amphipolis was one of the most important Hellenistic centers during the Macedonian and Roman ages and the apple of discord between Sparta and Athens during the Peloponnesian War. Archaeological excavations revealed several parts of the ancient city, while its symbol, the Lion of Amphipolis, is a well-known monument representing strength in antiquity. At the Archaeological Museum, visitors can view rare artifacts and findings from the history of the city.

Stagira (120 minutes away)

Stagira (120 minutes away)

The great philosopher Aristotle, teacher of Alexander the Great, was born in Stagira. Along with his mentor, Plato, represent the “cornerstone” of philosophical thought in the ancient world.

Vergina (170 minutes away)

Vergina (170 minutes away)

In Vergina you can visit the burial places of the Macedonian Kings, including King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great and admire a large number of offerings, many of which are made of gold excavated from the tombs.

You can also visit:

You can also visit:

-The remains of the fortification of ancient Toroni and the castle of Likithos (25 min).
-The Paleochristian Basilicas of Nikiti (Agios Georgios, Elia, Sofronios – 25 min), Toroni (Agios Athanasios -25 min), Olympiada in “Zepko” (90 min), etc.
-The ruins of the castle and the canal of Potidea (65 min).
-The Roman farmhouse in Big Kypsa of Nea Fokaia (70 min).
-The sanctuary of Amon Zeus and the sanctuaries of the Nymphs and Dionysus in Kallithea (80 min).
-The Tower of Agios Pavlos (1407) and the Tower of Stavronikitas (1543) in Nea Fokaia (80 min).
-The remains of mine smelting in Olympiada (90 min).