THE UNIQUE ISLAND OF HALKIDIKI
Ammouliani is a small island of only 4.5 sq.km. in the bay of Mount Athos in Halkidiki, the only inhabited one in the region of Central Macedonia. Administratively, Ammouliani falls under the Municipality of Aristoteli. It is 120 km from the city of Thessaloniki. The island has a population of approximately 500 inhabitants, who are mainly engaged in fishing and tourism. The vegetation in Ammouliani is low and mainly dominated by olive trees. To the southeast of Ammouliani, at a very close distance, are the Drenia islands, also known by the locals as "Gaidouronisia".
Until 1925, the island was part of the Vatopedi Monastery of Mount Athos, inhabited by 2-3 monks who were engaged in cultivating the land, grazing animals and picking olives. After the Asia Minor Catastrophe, the island was granted to Greek refugees from Asia Minor from areas of the Propontis (Gallimi, Pasalimani, Skupia). Within a few years, due to the experience they had from their life in Asia Minor, the Ammoulians managed to distinguish themselves in the field of fishing.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ammouliani is connected by ferry to Tripiti, Halkidiki, at only 2 nautical miles distance. During the day there are many routes. From Thessaloniki there are daily bus routes to Tripiti and from there by ferry to the island.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Due to its small area, the island is suitable for hiking. At the same time, you can move with your private vehicle or with a rental vehicle and visit all the beaches of the island more easily.
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