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Galatista Halkidiki

Galatista Halkidiki

Galatista is a traditional town situated in the municipality of Polygyros and has about 2,500 inhabitants. It is located approximately 40 km from the center of Thessaloniki and 28 km from Poligyros and is situated at the foot of the mountain of Prophet Elias. The mountainous Halkidiki is not widespread among visitors despite recent efforts to increase tourism. Galatista is an area which can be visited any time of year.

This town has great historical interest since it has several churches and mansions. The main attraction here is the Byzantine tower. It dates back to the Venetian period and is connected with Mount Athos. It is possible that it was used for the storage of water in the area, as evidenced by the two water-mills discovered in the immediate vicinity. According to various speculations and myths, it was the home of Queen Galatea and her husband for several years. Queen Galatea gave her name to the town.

The tower can be visited on request or for specific seasons of the year and it is the unique archaeological attraction of Galatista.

Galatista has no accommodation facilities, but it is ideal for day excursions. If you visit it, do not forget to taste traditional meals and wander through the alleys.


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