Ierissos Chalkidiki … with the stunning beach


Ierissos… a place full of color and tranquil atmosphere. Ierissos, also known as Ancient Akanthos, is one of the most beautiful areas of Chalkidiki with a rich historical heritage. Remains of the ancient city wall are still preserved, extremely impressive and worthy of admiration.


Ierissos extends to the third leg of Halkidiki and is only 100 km away from Thessaloniki and is the apartment of the new municipality of Aristotle. It is the continuation of Ancient Akanthos, which was a colony of Andrians in the 7th century BC. And a great city of Macedonia as it is characterized by historians and is evidenced by archaeological research.


Ierissos is an important port in northern Greece with a very large fishing fleet and the bay’s fish is known to the Panhellenic for their taste. Despite the famous reputation of Akanthos for its wine, the younger generation mainly deals with fishing, shipbuilding, trade, construction of works for Mount Athos and tourism.


Ierissos is a place of visit or for its golden sandy beaches, as well as a crossing point to Mount Athos.


Its beaches and its varied and vibrant entertainment make it a unique holiday destination. In the streets you will find for your accommodation many accommodation such as rooms to let, studios, furnished apartments and hotels of various categories and facilities, next to the famous beaches with crystal clear waters. There are also two organized camping facilities.


Also, Ierissos has a remarkable social and cultural background, which has come back many years back with a significant sample of the very large number of folk songs that live and are still singing to this day. There are many clubs that organize various events, including the Klegedis club, the Friends of the Environment Association, the Akanthos musical school, as well as professional clubs and associations (professional club, fishermen’s association, builder’s association, Agricultural cooperative).


Arriving at Ierissos you will be fascinated by the calm atmosphere that dominates and the thalassa breeze that gently embraces the small town. The beach extends 11 km in front of it with clear blue waters and offers endless summer moments to its holidaymakers. Beautiful accommodation, picturesque taverns and taverns with splendid traditional flavors and a variety of tourist shops, harmoniously fill the city and give the visitor pictures of carefree and endless warmth. Staying in Ierissos is a combination of enjoyable and exciting holidays with tranquil and relaxing moments … moments that everyone needs. It is worth visiting the enchanting beach of Kakoudia, a peculiar and exceptional natural beauty, “discovering” the crystal clear waters of the famous rocks.


If you are in this picturesque town, do not miss to attend the local festivals and events that emphasize the peculiarity of the place and the inhabitants of Ierissos, such as “Kurbani”, an offer of a disciple to locals and foreigners at the feast of Prophet Elias on the 19th and 20th July, the slaughter of the pig in the square on 26 December with the offer of a grilled pig and wine to the guests, the official celebration of “Black Aloni” on the third Easter day in memory of the slaughter of 300 residents by the Turks in 1821, St. Paul’s call on June 29, the three-day cultural events on July 28th to August 1st and the celebration of the Cathedral of the Generosity on September 7th and 8th.


Ierissos beach also houses the Aquarium of the area in a semi-basement area. It gathers the interest of the world as it hosts fish, seafood and shellfish from the bay of Ierissos such as mummurs, raccoons, scorpions, barbons, basses, roos, sargos, lobsters, swallows, etc. It has a capacity of 40 cubic meters and contains seawater, which is continuously renewed with a special pump connected to the sea. It is open 24 hours a day and entrance is free.


Ierissos is the only place in Greece that has an amphitheater of stereoscopic projections where through the three-dimensional walkway you can experience the wonderful reality of Mount Athos and experience the sea’s magic in three-dimensional films.


The historical site of Ierissos is Black Aloni or Mavrou Niou Aloni. During the Revolution in Chalkidiki in 1821, the Turks, at the order of Sintik Yusuf Bey, slaughtered 400 Ierissians. In a treacherous manner promised a general amnesty to all who would be delivered. Having delivered 400 who believed in his words, forced them with the threat of weapons to dance. At every turn of the dance, the swords of the Turks were slaughtered by a dancer. Since then, in order to honor that sacrifice, every year on the third day of Easter, there is a thrill in this area, and then there is a dance that involves hundreds of Jerezites and visitors. Dance is called a spell and represents the slaughter. He is late, on the shaky and reluctant steps of those condemned to death. The song is full of inspiration for the much-deserved freedom, as for many years afterwards, the custom was made with the presence of the Turks and things could not be said openly. In the last part of the song, the first two, unite their hands, creating an arch depicting the stretched swords of the Turks. From this rudimentary arch, all the dancers pass twice, while the steps of the dance continue as well as the song, each turn of which is singly sung by one of the men and one of the women.


Useful Chiliometric Distance from Thessaloniki 115 km. Police Station of Ierissos 23770.22.206 Port Authority of Ierissos 23770.22.666 ELTA of Ierissos 23770.22.262 & 23770.22.793 Municipal Office of Ierissos 23770.22.216, fax 23770.22.414


Fun For your entertainment in Chalkidiki, you will find many restaurants and taverns (restaurants, taverns, cafes, clubs etc.), with excellent service and a variety of products and services that will justify your choice.\r\nHalkidiki has dozens of dining places, traditional, simple but also luxurious where you can taste the food you want.