Ierissos is located 120 km away from Thessaloniki, 80 km away from Poligyros and with the population of around 3000 residents is one of the biggest towns in Halkidiki area. It is also the oldest and biggest town in the municipality of Stagira Akantus. This is the core of Orthodoxy, right next to the Holy Mountain. It is a small fishing village which renders unusual feeling of tranquility and peace. Once an ancient city of Akhantos, it was built in the 7th century as the main harbor for the fleet of ancient Greece. Today, Ierissos is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations on Halkidiki. Old fishing houses have been adapted into apartment houses that can please the most discerning tastes. The place has taverns, beach bars, shops, megamarkets and other facilities for tourists.
Night life is quiet and pleasant. There are lots of cultural manifestations the aim of which is to show Greek tradition, such as a festival in Agios Pavlos Church on 29th June and in Prophet Ilias Church on 20th of June. From here, you can go to Arnea, a charming little place built at the foot of the mountain and known for having the highest percentage of 100-year olds in entire Greece. Ten minutes from Ierissos, Ouranoupolis is located, from where you can take a fantastic boat trip around the Holy Mountain. People who love beautiful nature can go to a little island of Ammouliani by a ferryboat.
Ierissos beach: Beach in Ierissos is said to be one of the most beautiful in Greece. It is perfect place for holiday with children as it is not crowdy. Sea is warm, even at the beginning of the season. Promenade along the beach is very nice, with beautiful palm trees lined up along it. Apart from swimming in see-through water, you can enjoy diving too. Beaches around Ierissos are nice and long (as much as 7-8 km). They are less visited and perfect for people who prefer to be alone.
Natural hospitality of local population make visitors feel welcome. There are a lot of trees and parks in this place which make it perfect for those who like nature and want to hide from the city buzz. Walking along the spatious golden beach and feeling clean sand under your feet is the best exercise and easiest way to free your mind of all thoughts.