Uncover the secret of Mount Cholomonda
Mount Cholomonda in Halkidiki is an ideal destination that will impress you all year round, as it is packed with oak, pine, fir and chestnut trees. The mountain’s peak reaches 1.165m height stretching from Polygyro to Arnaia; second tallest mountain after Mount Athos in Halkidiki. It is covered with snow in winter and offers cooler temperatures in summer.
A large area of the mountain is part of the Natura 2000 Νetwork where you’ll discover its biodiversity and encounter a number of streams which make an ideal resting stop while you stroll around nature. Heading towards Taxiarchis village explore Halkidiki’s mountain trails.
What to do
You can enjoy a number of activities when visiting Mount Cholomonda. Find yourselves in the heart of nature; walk along well designed paths weighed down by history, as Aristotle spent some years of his life here. Come across a plethora of different mushroom varieties, aromatic plants, rich fauna and various species of birds and wild animals.
What to Visit
Arnaia is the first mountainous traditional village you’ll encounter on the third peninsula of Halkidiki. Walk along its cobblestone streets and afford a view to some amazing Macedonian houses with their colourful external walls. You will be charmed by its fairytale gardens and the interesting exhibits found at the Historical Folklore Museum. Don’t miss a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Agios Stefanos and see the ruins of three earlier churches through a glass floor which was created after the 2005 fire.
Did you know?
Over 70% of Greece's natural Christmas trees are firs grown in Taxiarchis village area. See one of the two biggest University Forests in Greece which holds an area of 5.500 hectares (the other one is located in Pertouli Trikala). Enjoy a visit at the Forest Museum with a collection of 350 species of flora.
What to try…
Savour the delicious touloumpes (syrup-dipped cakes) at Arnaia Village square, baked or fried mouthwatering mushrooms known as kalogerakia and avgomilakia, exquisite mushroom pie made with homemade dough, local yogurt, fried zucchini flowers, saganaki agiotyri, stamnato (beef and pork with mushrooms and Florina’s peppers) and the stew of wild boar. Don’t leave without trying their five types of honey (pine, flower, erica, chestnut and sousoura) as well as honey extract from the region produced by local beekeepers.
Definately pay a visit to 'Ef Gevesthai' the Women’s Association in Taxiarchis; they make their own palatable spoon sweets such as dolma (from white pumpkin), flavourful jam, trachana (traditional Greek type of pasta) with mushrooms and liqueur. In Varvara Village meet up close with the women of the 'Dryades Association' who carefully produce their own trachana, spoon sweets and marmalades.