Mount Athos or officially Holy Community of Mount Athos is an "Autonomous Monastic State" within the borders of Greece with its own administrative system protected by international treaties. It is unique in the world and is differentiated from the monastic city of Lhasa in Tibet because it is secular and not allowed in women. Located on the peninsula of Athos in Chalkidiki in Central Macedonia and is considered the world center of Orthodox Christian monasticism. Orthodox monks from around the world, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian and many other nationalities live in it.
Its history spead long in the past. Presence of monks already identified from the 4th-5th century AD, while the oldest monastery has exceeded 1000 years of uninterrupted life last century. Considered rightly the most important parts of the Balkans and Europe, but especially Eastern Orthodox Church due to its great historical, religious, secretarial and cultural value. It is the place where you can experience Byzantium 16 centuries after the fall of Byzantium. Finally due to the huge amount of rich material characterized as "shelter" of Greek art and Greek culture but also as a living museum and the sacred vessels and objects not enclosed in a showcase but are part of daily devotional life.
Located 12 km from Nea Kallikrateia , the cave "Red stones" Petralona, internationally renowned for it's paleontological findings and atmospheric beauty. Discovered in 1959 by residents of the village looking for water. Named '' Red stones '' from terra rosa (red earth), which paints the stalactite and stalagmite formations.
In the chamber of the cave called 'Cemetery giants' bones from 14 different species of carnivorous animals were found such as big bear, panther, lion, hyena, wolf, rhinoceros, deer and rodents , which are not currently in Halkidiki. Besides the great importance of the cave of paleontological terms, the areas of interest and in terms of decor drip. Chambers of stalagmites and stalactites decorated with various colors and various sizes. In '' Great hall '' and the '' Chamber of the firs '' found massive stalagmites, while the' Corridor of dwarf stalagmites 'stalagmites see small spiny, size of only a few centimeters, which for this reason called' dwarfs ''. In the '' Chamber of roots' Prinari fine roots that have penetrated the ground inside the cave, forming a net that covers the stalactites. Even impresses the '' golden shower '', very thin stalactites that resemble drops of rain.
The cave was discovered by Philip Chantzaridis on May 10, 1959 and became known for its paleontological and paleoanthropological of findings since 1960, after the accidental discovery of the cave by the resident of Petralona Ch. Sarigiannidou, the famous fossil human skull. The value of the finding and its uniqueness gave rise to a series of activities in and out of the cave. In 1968 and the period from 1974 to 1988 carried out excavations in the cave of the (palaeo) anthropologist Mars Paulianos.
A wonderful experience for the whole family awaits you at Mediterranean Cosmos! A visit here is fun and entertaining experience for the hole family! Whether it's shopping, or an outlet for food or cinema, the Mediterranean Cosmos can be a wonderful experience, relaxing for parents and safe for children.
With easy access from the city center and surrounding areas, is just five minutes from the international airport "Macedonia" .It road access from all directions, while part of the network of public transport in Thessaloniki.
Mediterranean Cosmos includes a wide range of commercial operations (190 shops, 36 restaurants and cafes), supermarket, known Brand stores, playroom, baby care rooms, information office, banks, pharmacy, laundry, hairdresser, photo shop, church, various dining venues and spaces recreation for the whole family and services for people with disabilities. It is designed in two levels, with shops which are served by internal walkways and above ground parking spaces, divided evenly into five main entrances.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with a rich history dating back to the 4th century BC .. Having a constant presence 23 centuries and playing an important role in the Balkan region, the city has many ancient and Byzantine monuments scattered in this . It is known for its festivals, events and lively cultural life, and is often referred to as the cultural capital of Greece. Modern Thessaloniki is a metropolitan area, which is primarily known for its food and its night entertainment. The people of the city is proud of their place, are hospitable and will help you to spend as much as possible during your stay.
The family-run Iris Hotel is centrally located, just 120 meters. from the beach of Nea Kallikratia Chalkidiki. It has a bar and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a balcony with city views.
All 22 rooms at Iris Hotel have a TV and fridge. Each has a private bathroom with shower.
A breakfast buffet is served in the dining room. Within 3 minutes walk there are restaurants and shops.
Coastal town with remarkable seasonal movement, Nea Kallikrateia founded by refugees who came from Kallikrateia of Eastern Thrace and Asia Minor.