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Aristotle -
The 5th Element

Travel to Halkidiki,
discover the 5 elements
and see the world through
Aristotle's eyes.

Air

Earth

Water

Fire

Ether

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Halkidiki

They say that no other place in Greece can boast beaches like those of Halkidiki. Still, the region stands for far more than beaches. Halkidiki is the perfect combination of the reviving Mediterranean light, the unspoiled land, the lively communities and a glorious past to explore.

Add the local gastronomy, the religious traditions, the openness and hospitality of the people, the wide range of activities and lifestyles; flavour with the soothing scent of the pine-trees and there you are! -the already desirable has turned to the simply irresistible.

Halkidiki is literally sculpted by nature forces to balance earth and sea. Three peninsulas, fjiord-like bays with emerald beaches and coves, imposing mountains -the stage for thriving life and civilizations in every form -like the thousand- year old monastic state of Mt. Athos, a unique World Heritage Site!

You will love the land and the rich produce of its gardens and orchards. It is truly a place of dreams... and your dream has only just begun...

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Who is Aristotle?

Aristotle, born in Ancient Stagira of Halkidiki, is one of the greatest international personalities of all time. He was the father of logic, laid the foundations of sciences and determined the principles of politics. He was a pupil of Plato and the tutor of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great said of Aristotle: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.

UNESCO logo - United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 2400 years after his birth, UNESCO honoured his work and declared the years 2016 and 2017 as “Aristotle Anniversary Years” with the anticipation that his views and thinking will enhance world unity and peace.

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The project

According to the theories of ancient Greek scientists the world is made of 4 natural elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Aristotle added a 5th element, ether, which he named Quintessence (fifth essence). This element represents the secret of worldly and human existence; it represents the ageless, the imperishable, invariance, it is what holds the elements together.

2400 years after his birth, Aristotle’s Halkidiki “teaches self-awareness to visitors and how to live well”, while enjoying the 4 natural elements and discovering the 5th element.

The 5 experiences of the 5 elements
of Aristotle become a mystical game in
which everyone visiting Halkidiki can
participate. A game that is rewarded
by the Tourism Organisation
of Halkidiki with souvenir gifts.

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Air

Air: We invite you to conquer the air! For this reason, points of impressive views that can “take your breath away” have been carefully selected. It is the place where photographs are allowed and meditation is a must. We encourage you to search for one the 20 viewpoints we suggest, capture the moment in a picture and upload it on instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle

Experience atmospheric moments in Aristotle's homeland.

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  • Mount Katsika, Petralona Cave (sunset)
  • Nea Potidaia, Tower (sunset)
  • Metochi in Flogita (sunset)
  • Nea Moudania - Port (sunset)
  • Sani (sunset)
  • Afitos (sunrise)
  • Nea Fokea (sunrise)
  • Posidi (sunset)
  • Vourvourou - Livari (sunrise)
  • Sykia - Spot Panorama (sunrise)
  • Parthenonas (sunset)
  • Nikiti - Skala (sunset)
  • Ouranoupoli Tower (sunrise)
  • Ammouliani, islands (sunset)
  • Olympiada (sunset)
  • Arnaia
  • Psakoudia (sunset)
  • Yerakini (sunset)
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Earth

You will come in contact with everything that mother earth grows, emphasizing on wine, which inspired the Philosopher for some wonderful comments. “It frees the spirit” and “helps in eloquence”, Aristotle noted. In this framework, you will have the opportunity to taste the unique wine and tsipouro of Halkidiki, as well as other local products with a designated origin and unique quality. At the same time, you can visit wineries and olive groves as well as fields growing other important products.

We recommend a visit to one of the featured wineries and agro-food units for wine tasting and for tasting the local products of Halkidiki. While living the experience, capture the moment in a photo and upload on instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle

Relax with a walk in the endless olive groves and vineyards.

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  • Domaine Porto Carras SA

    One of the oldest Greek wine varieties, Limnio, is told to be the favorite wine of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. The ancient Greeks placed a high value on the importance of wine and Limnio is mentioned in the ancient writings of Hesiod and Aristotle as the wine from "Lemnia uvula" and was cultivated in ancient Greece. It was spread across North Greece from Limnos, especially in Halkidiki and the islands of Sporades.

    Now, the majority of Limnio variety is produced at our Domaine Porto Carras vineyards at Northern Greece Halkidiki, PDO Meliton Slopes region. Limnio wine is moderate in color, elegant in aromas and flavors, dominated by fresh, aromatic herbs and elegant, red berry fruits. Limnio is an excellent wine for wine drinkers who want to get away from the heaviness of international wine varieties. Domaine Porto Carras vineyards are one of the most historic estates in Greece and stretch amphitheatrically over 475 hectares along the western side of Sithonia, Halkidiki. Our Limnio bears the PDO Slopes of Meliton identification and is vinified with expertise and care by our experienced oenologists in the Domaine΄s facilities. The design and selection our Winery location at the centre of the Vineyard, helps in the fast delivery and process of grapes, aiming at maintaining their quality dynamics and to avoid oxidation.

  • Papayianni Claudia & Co E.E. "Agrotouristiki"

    On the enchanting hillsides of the Northern Halkidiki, close to the Papayianni Family’s birthplace, the picturesque town of Arnea, Domaine Claudia Papayianni privately owned vineyards in more than 20 hectares are situated.

    Being always self – conscious on all Environmental issues, the Founder planted in 2003 & watchfully cultivates the Domaine’s vineyards, according to the latest biological terms & conditions.

    The unique microclimate, the rich terroir & the high altitude of the region, as well as the carefully selected indigenous & international grape varieties & controlled yield, combined with the “cutting- edge” wine making techniques & expertise of our people, are the key factors for the production of high quality wines, ideally expressing the philosophy & vision of Claudia Papayianni.

    [All public visits are by appointment only. Weekends are closed]

  • Kazakis House of Viticulture

    The Kazakis House of Viticulture exists since 1994 and remains, to date, a traditional family business. Their products are all organically grown and produced using only pure and fresh ingredients. Starting with a small production of a mere 500 jars in the beginning of the ‘90s, Marianna’s Vineleaves are nowadays exported to all European countries, North America and Japan. They are also the vineleaves of choice for countless households and professionals in Greece. It is our pride that “Halkidiki Vineleaves”, as many call our leaves, are now synonymous to good vineleaves. Our constant good quality and their unmatched tenderness make Marianna’s Vineleaves a prerequisite for successful Ntolmadakia.

    In their organic vineyards, they produce everything the Greek sun offers – except wine. They also process the production of other organic farmers to offer, among other foods, our tender vinetops, fig and pumpkin retseli (sweets based on grape syrup), marmalades and comfitures.

    All their products are also sold in our retail shop, at our factory. They enforce an open-doors policy throughout the year and we welcome families and their friends, but also organize visits from schools and tourist groups. Further, we are a proud member of the Wines of Northern Greece association.

    Take a tour to the plant after walking through the vineyards themselves and see how full traceability of the products is achieved by the costume-made, state of the art systems.

    Your visit will not be complete without trying the family triple-distilled tsipouro with the compliments of the family!

    [Operating hours: 08:00 - 15:00]

    1st km Nea Gonia - Nea Kallikrateia road

    GR-63080  HALKIDIKI

    T. +30 23 99 02 04 50 | e-mail: info @ Ja @ @ntolmadakia.com

  • Estate Livadioti

    The vineyards of Estate Livadioti are located in Northern Halkidiki, next to the homeland of Aristotle with a view to mountain Holomontas. The low output of the hectare, the continuous cultivation, but also the knowledge and the passion for vilification provide us with high quality products.

    Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the estates vineyards and visit the winery and the distinctive distillery in order to taste the quality wines and spirits of the estate, combining them with local dishes in the farm restaurant.

    We welcome visitors for tour and lunch upon their request.

    Marathoussa, Halkidiki

    T. +30 - 23710- 95455 & +30 - 6977905232 | e-mail: ktima.livadioti @ Ja @ @gmail.com

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Water

With over 550 km of coastline, water dominates the entire area of Halkidiki. The sea is the new challenge you will be invited to “conquer”. You will get the chance to come in contact with the water and much more so with the seabed and its secrets. Naturally, in this element too, photographs are a must. The collaborating diving and Sea Kayak centres of Halkidiki are ready to welcome* and initiate you to a vast water world. This is the chance to take a selfie in a diving suit or/and on a kayak and upload it on Instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle

Discover the mysteries of the Aegean through the diving centres of Halkidiki.

*by appointment

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  • Athos Scuba Diving Center

    Eagles Palace Hotel

    Ouranoupoli, GR 63075, Halkidiki

    T. +306947074901, +306947787650 | Email: info @ Ja @ @athos-scuba.gr

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  • "Blue" Diving Center

    Nea Potidea Beach, Kassandra, Halkidiki

    T:+30 23730 42026, +30 6974 727396,+30 6949 222421 | Email: bluedivingcenter @ Ja @ @yahoo.gr

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  • Shark Fin Scuba Diving Center

    Shark Fin Scuba Diving Center is located in north-east Sithonia, Halkidiki, the most beautiful area of North Greece, also a “Natura” protected area. Try scuba diving in Sithonia with our diving center to combine: Friendly atmosphere, best and most modern diving equipment, maximum safety considerations, personal training, PADI training standards and Sithonia’s finest dive sites! Don’t just stay at the beach or swim at the surface of the sea. Go into the crystal clear waters of Sithonia with us and let us show you the underwater beauty of Halkidiki! You will have the chance to see lots of soft and hard corals, sponges and dozens of different marine animals and fish like octopi, nudibranches, sea horses, large groups of sea breams and other pelagic fish!

    Live the rejuvenating power of water and experience one of Aristotle’s 5 elements.

    PADI Dive Resort

    Schinia beach, Agios Nikolaos

    63078, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece

    T. +30 693 905 8899 | Email: sharkfindiving @ Ja @ @gmail.com

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  • Sea Kayak Halkidiki

    Sea Kayak Halkidiki is situated in the picturesque Vourvourou area (located in Sithonia, peninsula of Halkidiki), which is one of the most natural beautiful places that you will be able to find in the whole Northern Greece. The region offers a unique combination of sea with characteristics of a lake, a mountain covered with thick forests and 9 unique islands, visible from the beach, making it an ideal destination for sea kayaking tours!

    If you're looking for the perfect combination of tourism, sport, fun, nature, and a touch of local culinary healthy experience, why not go sea kayaking in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Halkidiki? Settle into a comfortable kayak, get instructions, paddle behind an experienced guide and completely immerse yourself in the amazing Vourvourou coastline. Beautiful scenery, various unique and secluded sites and locations with crystal turquoise waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling, is what you should expect!

    All-inclusive, guided trips and tours are offered daily, starting from May through to the end of October, providing an adventure that truly makes you feel like a liberated explorer in command of the sea and land. Departing from Vourvourou, these sea kayak trips provide a perfect opportunity to paddle the clear blue waters around Diaporos island, while exploring some of the most beautiful and remote beaches of Sithonia, like Karydi beach, Hawaii beach and the famous Blue Lagoon. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities, so no previous kayaking experience is required whatsoever. Ideal for couples and families with children.

    Be part of our sea kayaking trips and tours, feel the rejuvenating power of the water and experience one of Aristotle’s 5 elements.

    Sea Kayak Halkidiki center

    Vourvourou, Sithonia

    GR 63078, Halkidiki, Greece

    T. +30 6945 235686 & +30 6974 789073 | Email: seakayakhalkidikic @ Ja @ @gmail.com

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Fire

Fire is what blends flavours for which the philosopher had spoken. Fire is the means that binds the land's products: oil, olives, honey, cereals, fish, livestock products. Conquering the last element of existence, you will get the chance to try ancient Greek flavours in an “ARISTOTELIAN MENU” made up of Aristotle's gourmet choices, aiming to convey flavours and philosophy to your taste buds. In selected restaurants and hotels in Halkidiki, you will have the opportunity to try this new experience that goes back to the history of the ancient gastronomy.

You will travel to the unique world of flavours, through ancient recipes and local ingredients, capturing the moment in a photo and uploading it on instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle

Live a unique culinary experience!

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  • The 4* Flegra Palace is located close to Pefkochori village, one of the most cosmopolitan places in Kassandra, the first peninsula of Halkidiki. It is surrounded by a flourish picturesque landscape and it is situated at a mere distance of 150m from the beach and 500m from the center of Pefkohori village. The pleasant atmosphere combined with our warm and friendly customer service composes the ideal conditions for beautiful and relaxing holidays. Our buffet restaurant “Titanes” where breakfast and dinner are served, promises a pleasure for every culinary journey. There, the Breakfast of Aristotle’s Five Elements is daily served and also the Dinner of Aristotle’s Five Elements is served once per week. Ancient recipes based on local ingredients will offer you an unforgettable culinary experience!

    GR 63085 | Pefkohori, Kassandra, Halkidiki

    T. +30 23740 61702 | email:  info@ @ Ja @ flegra.gr 

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  • Asterias Seafood Restaurant

    Located in Pefkohori on the Kassandra Peninsula, the beachfront Asterias seafood restaurant is there to offer you unforgettable gastronomic experiences in a refined environment, designed with taste, where luxury, sophistication and utmost quality is always on the menu.

    Our philosophy is that gastronomy is a voyage. A journey in search of tastes, cultures, history, experiences and people. Old-fashioned and modern ways of cooking combined with the purest and topper products may introduce you to exceptional culinary art.

    At the same time, your “voyage” will definitely be one of relaxation as the situation of Asterias is unique. Under the pine trees and right in front of the sea you may enjoy local wine varieties always accompanied by the most delicious trimmings. In Asterias, you can also enjoy the Aristotle’s Five Elements Degustation Menu, based on local ingredients and ancient recipes that can travel you in time and senses.

    GR 63085 | Pefkohori, Kassandra, Halkidiki

    T. +30 2374 063093

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  • Liotopi is a boutique hotel located in Olympiada, a beautiful seaside resort on the east coast of Halkidiki. The hotel, situated at the edge of the village, is surrounded by a verdurous garden and is ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Liotopi has 16 uniquely decorated and spotlessly clean rooms, 10 of which have sea view. The embroidered pillowcases, the attention to the detail, the relaxing atmosphere and the hospitality of the owners guarantee a unique experience for our guests.

    While staying at hotel Liotopi you will also enjoy a traditional breakfast prepared by the owner Louloudia Alexiadou herself. The menu includes homemade delicacies such as pastries, pies, marmalades and jams, all made using organic local products.

    The cultural heritage of our place is present in every aspect of our everyday lives and Aristotle's work on gastronomy is a constant inspiration to the way we approach recipes and food. Many of our dishes are directly inspired from ancient recipes hence we are excited in participating in the '5 element' project as it embodies our philosophy as a restaurant.

    Olympiada, GR-57 014, Municipality of Aristotle, Halkidiki

    Phone: +30 23760 51257, +30 23760 51255 (Communication from 1 October to 30 April)

    Mobile Phone: +30 6979 307745 | Email: hotel.liotopi @ Ja @ @gmail.com

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  • Akroyiali Restaurant

    Akroyiali is a three generations restaurant build from our grandfather in 1924, . located by the sea, opposite the peaceful and picturesque port of Olympiada. Built in front of the beach, right next to the city of Ancient Stageira, the birthplace of the greatest philosopher Aristotle. Akroyiali's cuisine is based on great quality ingredients, mixing the flavours from the sea and recipes from Minor Asia. All ingredients are sourced locally from fresh seafood, to local meat, and organic herbs from the Aristotelian mountain. Also all the vegetables used are organic and sourced from local producers.

    All wines are selected carefully from Greek vineyards and we also offer a selection of our own organic produce.

    The cultural heritage of our place is present in every aspect of our everyday lives and Aristotle's work on gastronomy is a constant inspiration to the way we approach recipes and food. Many of our dishes are directly inspired from ancient recipes hence we are excited in participating in the '5 element' project as it embodies our philosophy as a restaurant.

    Olympiada, GR-57 014, Municipality of Aristotle, Halkidiki, Greece

    Phone +30 23760 51257, +30 23760 51255 | Email germany.olympiada @ Ja @ @gmail.com

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  • Hotel Kastalia

    GR 51300 | Ammouliani, East coast, Halkidiki

  • Porto Koufo Hotel

    Porto Koufo Hotel combines modern designing with relaxation giving you one of your most pleasant vacations ever. The quite and natural environment, the beauty of Halkidiki, the services that we provide, are going to give you an experience you will never forget.

    This year, we are taking part in the “5th element” project by offering you the chance to try ancient Greek flavours in an “ARISTOTELIAN” breakfast made up of Aristotle's choices and help you experience Halkidiki through Aristotle’s five elements.

    Porto Koufo, GR- 63072, Sithonia, Halkidiki

    Tel.: +30 23750 51094, +30 23750 51095 | Εmail: info @ Ja @ @portokoufohotel.gr

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  • Akti Ouranoupoli, Beach Resort

    In one of the most beautiful villages in Halkidiki, Ouranoupolis, the Gate of Mount Athos lays “Akti Ouranoupoli” hotel. At the edge of the third peninsula of Halkidiki and at a distance of 120km away from the airport of Thessaloniki, the hotel “Akti Ouranoupoli”dominates the scenery. Built literally on the coast, in one of the most beautiful beaches of Halkidiki, with incomparable view to the small magical island of Ammouliani and Sithonia peninsula, the impressive hotel “Akti Ouranoupoli” is waiting for you to enjoy unforgettable holidays, combining unparalleled hospitality, breathtaking natural scenery and genuine traditional Greek flavours.

    With dishes that will delight you, made of pure, local ingredients and extra virgin olive oil, we expect to ‘spice up’ your summer vacation and excite your senses.

    Our main buffet restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served, promises a pleasure for every culinary journey. The Breakfast of “Aristotle’s Five Elements” is daily served there and also, once per week, you have the change to try the “Aristotle’s Dinner”. Ancient recipes based on local ingredients will offer you an unforgettable culinary experience!

    In our a la carte restaurant “Thalassa” at the beach, you can also enjoy the Menu of the Sea or the Menu of Earth based on “Aristotle’s Five Elements”.

    OURANOUPOLI, GR 630 75, ATHOS, HALKIDIKI

    Tel.: +302377071590 – 91 | Εmail: info @ Ja @ hotel-akti.gr

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Quintessence

A visit to the Ancient Stagira has its own role in conquering the fifth essence (fifth element) and in the discovery of the secret of existence of each one of us which encloses the whole and the philosophical principles of Aristotle. If you walk in the city where Aristotle walked 2,400 years ago and find the perfect spot for you in this great archaeological site, take a picture and upload it on instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle

A unique chance to delve deep into the mystery of human existence, guided by the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher.

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West coast
Central Halkidiki
Kassandra
Sithonia
East coast
Mount Athos
Ancient Stagira
(the birthplace of Aristotle)

Find the spots!

Discover the 5 elements, take photos, upload them
on instagram with the hashtag: #5element_aristotle
and get a chance to win amazing gifts!

Live the experience!


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