Athos is a one of a kind orthodox monastic republic situated in the northern part of Greece. A special visa known as «diamonitirion» is required for any male wishing to take part in the pilgrimage to the sacred «virgin’s garden». This is not about disregarding the rights of women, but rather a result of the traditional belief that men and women should not mix in the inner territories of the monasteries.
The peninsula has been officially off-limits to women since 1046, when the byzantine emperor constantine monomakh issued a decree banning female access. The holy mother of god has been the protector of the mountain ever since.
A once in a lifetime chance to experience the spiritual and cultural richness of mount Athos is available to those who take a cruise along the western coast of the sacred mountain. The journey offers a view of the most iconic monasteries, including simonopetra, st. Panteleimon (or Russian monastery), Daphni (the main athos harbour), and some of the most isolated monastic settlements. These places are often inhabited only by ascetics.
Ouranoupolis, the last Greek town near the border of Athos, is an ideal place for spiritual enrichment and culinary delights. Take a dip in its stunning beaches, and stroll around its quaint streets to find interesting shops selling souvenirs, icons created by athos monks, wine, mountain tea, and much more! Enjoy the beauty of this charming town, and discover its hidden treasures.
Transfer to the port of Ormos Panagias
Passage by sea to the south-west coast of Athos
Cruise along the West Bank of Mount Athos, here are the 8 most important Athos monasteries and the main Athos port of Daphni situated
That's the meaning of "Ouranoupolis" in Greek. We go off-board in the city of Ouranoupolis. Here you can eat in beautiful sea taverns, take a swim at the local beach, or get some unique local souvenirs, such as the Byzantine icons, painted in the monasteries of Mount Athos.
Passage by sea to the port of Ormos Panagias
Return to Chalkidiki
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Sunscreens, money for food and souvenirs and, the most important (!!!) - the desire to get rich spiritually and a good mood! :)
Beach clothing, swimming accessories and a hat.