In the center of Macedonia and to the South lies Halkidiki
peninsula 69km Southeast of the northern port city of Thessaloniki
between Thermaikos and Strimonikos gulfs.
A land of 3000 square km ending in the famous three peninsulas,
like fingers which stretch out into the Aegean Sea. Kassandra
to the West, Sithonia (or Loggos) in the middle and Athos
(Agio Oros) to the East. A blessed place of extraordinary
beauty, as the sea curves into the land, unique in Greece.
As always in Greece mythology and history mix. It is here
that the battle between the giants and the olympian gods took
place. Here in the west part of Halkidiki, the ancient site
of Flegra (Pallini) Egelados, the earthquake giant, is burried.
It is also here that Athos has been reformed by the rock that
giant Athos threw against the Gods. Even Sithonia is named
after Poseidon's sun Sithon. More on history section.
Archaeological finds gives us proof of organised settlements
since the neolithic period (5000 BC). The findings were revealed
in the Petralona cave, which is considered the most important
in Europe. The man of Petralona caves (Homo erectus) lived
there 200.000 years ago and there findings speaking of fire
and stone tools from 700.000 years ago. A great school about
prehistoric times and definetely worth a visit!