Ouranoupolis is the threshold of Mount Athos. It is the last village just a kilometer before the border of the Holy Mountain (Agion Oros) and where a visitor who intends to visit the monastic state must go to. Every day, from the small harbor under the shade of the Tower, you will see the boats which take the pilgrims (after they have previously acquired the visa pass they will need to enter) to the Monastic Republic.
Today Ouranoupolis is considered to be one of the most important resorts in northern Halkidiki. There are many restaurants and Hotels that offer the visitor good food and a comfortable stay. During the summer months there are daily cruises to Mount Athos from the harbour of the village. A must for those who choose this unique and beautiful village and a chance for one to see all the monasteries on the western side of Athos. You may also enjoy the sea and the beautiful and clean coasts or go opposite to the islands called Drenia.
For those who loves nature, there are lots of walking paths through the olive and pine hills. One may also visit the "Serbian" region on the Northern side of the peninsula and the "Zigou Abbey" just a kilometer away.
In the village the visitor can visit the exhibition in the Byzantine tower with Byzantine antiquities and icons. In the souvenir shops you may find famous hand made carpets with Byzantine drawings, goat hair rugs, byzantine icons or jewels made with natural raw materials. You may also find local products such as oil, local wines, honey, raki (tsipouro), oregano and various teas.