Nea Moudania Halkidiki
The town of Nea Moudania has an intense tourist and financial activity, and aspires becoming the educational center of Halkidiki, as a Technical Education Institute (T.E.I) operates there. Nea Moudania is situated 60 km away from Thessaloniki.
They are connected with a through a highway, which goes through vineyards and hills. The buses to Halkidiki (KTEL) are very often (every quarter of an hour) and they connect Nea Moudania with Thessaloniki and the rest of Halkidiki. “Macedonia” airport is only 35 km far from the town.A great olive plantation is located at the outskirts of Nea Moudania, which in 1923 represented one of town’s pioneer settlers’ motivations.
After having seen the olive plantation, the visitor can admire the magnificent sea. The depth of the waters is ideal for the young visitors, as well as for those who are not very good swimmers.At the beach of Nea Moudania the visitor can enjoy some coffee, fresh fish and also some ouzo snacks that are being served at the fish-taverns.During the summer a cinema operates in the town. The visitor can spend some unforgettable moments at the various bars and clubs.
At the highest point of the town, the so-called “the hill of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Koryfini” a small basilica church is built in an enchanting environment. The icon of Panagia Koryfini, which traveled all the way from Kalolimnos of Near East, is kept there. The Virgin Mary is honored every year on the 8th September, day of a local holiday, with special celebrations, The romantic visitor can enjoy the wonderful sunset behind Mount Olympus, in the numerous cafés in the center of N. Moudania. When the weather conditions are good, the visitor can take pictures with the peninsula of Kassandra as a background.
The Open-air Theatre, ornament of the town, has a capacity of 2000 seats and there the visitor can see some quality theatre productions and high-class concerts, which are hosted within he “Sea Festival” during the summer. The Theatre is built in an area next to the sea and this summer promises to fascinate its spectators. A remarkable unique of a kind museum of marine exhibits and seashells, and a folklore museum with exhibits of the unforgettable homeland of the residents, are located in Nea Moudania.In mid-July the cultural club “Faros” and the Municipality of Moudania, organize a week of folklore meetings and thus offer to the locals and to the visitors unforgettable moments of entertainment. This event includes dance, music and theatrical shows. This week ends on Sunday with the well-known “Sardine festival”, a feast characterized by the smell of grilled sardine and retsina, which openhandedly are offered to everyone.
After the establishment of the Technical Education Institute of Thessaloniki (T.E.I) branch the Municipality has all kinds of educational levels, i.e., crèches and day nurseries, Preschools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, TEE (technical high school), Senior High School, IEK (vocational high school), Conservatoires, etc. An indoor gymnasium, football fields with sod, of the classic type (5X5) and other sports fields, such as basketball, volleyball and tennis courts encouraged the development of basketball, volleyball and football teams, which successfully participated into top league categories.
Every year, beach soccer, beach volley, and beach tennis games are organized, with participations from all over Greece. The Yachting Club of Nea Moudania, with its numerous activities, has won many international honors with its sailing courses and in international fishing competitions.In Nea Moudania there is a Health Center, a great number of private surgeries and laboratories of almost every specialization.
There are many pharmacies on a daily twenty-four hour base as well as a public veterinary hospital and four pets’ surgeries. A new deluxe hotel unit will open soon, with a contemporaneous conference room and a spa center.
The quantities of fish catch are very important, as one of the biggest fish-wharf is located in N. Moudania. The cultivated land area is 110,000,000 sq. meters. The main production is olives, peanuts, apricots etc. Olive presses and olive, salted preserves and fruit packing factories serve the needs of the consumers. These products are also exported to many countries abroad.The town of Nea Moudania, the centre of the Municipality, is the main commercial center of Halkidiki. Branches of the Agricultural Bank, National Bank, Commercial, Piraeus and ALPHA bank, all with automatic transaction machines (ATM), are situated there. Many big supermarkets and many good commercial shops exist to cover the consumers’ needs.
Every Wednesday, the biggest outdoors market in Halkidiki takes place. Furthermore, there are some factories of agricultural machinery and other manufactures.