Villa Galini Aerophotography by Porto Carras IT from panoramio.com
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Upon the rocky and barren hill called Galani in the Toronean Gulf is located Villa Galini. A Villa so famous to many famous people all over the world as famous as the story behind its creation.
It's one of a few places all over Greece that has been visited by so famous and glamorous people.
During the summer of 1963 when the feasts to celebrate one thousand years since the establishment of the monastic state of Mount Athos were taking place, a cruise begun from Mount Athos. Among other known Athenians the entrepreneur and ships owner Giannis Karras with his wife, his son and Melina Merkouri were part of this trip. They sail by Sithonia and enter the Toronean Gulf. Giannis Karras loves this place so much that decides to build in an area of 2000 square meters the famous Villa. The building is so glamour thanks to the efforts of its owner. He brings great and recognised personalities which are followed all the time by photographers.
The building has a magnificent architecture and is furnished with unique artwork and monastic furniture. All the periods magazines, the magazines of the 70s declare this Villa as one of the most beautiful buildings in the country.
Worth mentioning here some of the names that during time have visited this Villa. Among them Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Salvador Dali,Margot Fonteyn, Stavros Niarchos, Rockfellers, Fiona Von Thyssen, Prince Albert of Monaco, Rudolf Nureyef and many others.
Villa Galini was refurbished in 2003 and in 2009 became a luxurious and elegant Villa visitors that would like to stay in one of the most beautiful hills in Greece for… a few days!
Villa Galini is located in Halkidiki, 35 km from Kassandra, 2km from Porto Karras and 4km from Neos Marmaras.