As a whole, the coastline
of Chalkidiki is of outstanding natural beauty. The combination of wooded landscape
and the sea with with pine trees running down to the water's edge and refelcted
in the calm sea. The peninsula of Halkidiki stretches around, and largely to the
south of, the densely wooded mountain area of Holomontas (1165 meters).
Nea Moudania is surrounded by plains of fertile farmland, acres of olive groves, and forests of fresh-scented fir trees. There is two-thousand seat open amphitheatre hosting summer concerts under the stars. The town has plenty of bars and restaurants and beach side tavernas, and topped by the big basilica of Panagia Koryfini.
Today, Nea Moudania is a town inhabited by 6537 people. It is the seat of the
Municipality of Moudania as well as the main commercial, financial and intellectual
centre of Halkidiki. The town has an intense tourist and financial development,
and is likely to become the educational centre of Halkidiki, as there is a T.E.I.
(Technical Education Institute) college operating there too.|
Nea Moudania is situated at a distance of 60 km from the city of Thessaloniki and is linked to it by a comfortable motorway, which goes through vineyards and hillocks. The Halkidiki coach company, KTEL (Single Bus Exploitation Fund) offers regular services (every quarter of an hour) linking Nea Moudania with Thessaloniki and the rest of Halkidiki. Macedonia airport is only 35 km away from the town.
Tower: The Byzantine tower (14th cent.), the church (1842) and other structures
(19th cent.) belonging to the "metochi" still exist today. Of particular
interest is the fountain of the "metochi", built in 1853, about 50m
west of the tower.|
Metochi of Aghios Panteleimon: The ruins of the "metochi" are found near the village of Nea Flogita. It was built during the second half of the 19th century and is directly related to the refugees of the entire Kalamaria area, because for many years after 1922, this is where the American hospital for refugees was organised and operated.
The sea of Nea Moudania are very shallow and ideal for younger and inexperienced swimmers. The beaches are well-maintained with cafes lining the beach.
Youll find plenty of cafés, restaurants and tavernas with menus designed for most peoples tastes. The best fish restaurants can be discovered by the beach and are definitely worth a visit for their fresh juicy fish dishes served with locally-produced vegetables, cooked to a traditional Greek recipe.
There are plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained until the small hours. The town also has a cinema and a waterfront open-air theatre showing quality productions throughout the summer.
As the commercial centre of Halkidiki, Nea Moudania offers plenty of shops. Every Wednesday, the largest outdoor market in the area takes place.
This town is a good base from which to explore more of the area. At the top of Nea Moudania is a pretty, three-aisled basilica church housing an icon of Panagia Koryfini, which is worshipped as part of a summer festival. Alternatively, visit the small village of Zografou, built around a monastery where a Byzantine tower and crumbling church still stand. The monastery of Agios Pandeleimonos - once used as a hospital - near the village of Nea Flogita, also makes for an interesting afternoon of sightseeing.