Sail close enough to the shore of the Athos peninsula in Halkidiki and see the spectacular monasteries clinging to the cliffs; but this is as close as you can get, as access is allowed to men only! The Greeks refer to Mount Athos as “The Holy Mountain” where no females (not even female animals) and children are allowed access.
Although it is considered to be a part of Greece, Mount Athos is an independent monastic state. It is ruled by the 1700 monks who live in its 20 monasteries, some of which date back to the ninth century.
Visit the pretty resort of Ouranoupolis and sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of the band on board on your return journey. This day is a combination of history, relaxation and a chance to explore the area.