Imagine discovering an idyllic island paradise tucked away in Greece, where sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters beckon you to unwind and escape the tourist crowds. Welcome to Amouliani, a hidden gem nestled between the second and third peninsulas of Halkidiki, just two nautical miles (or slightly less than four kilometers) off the mainland.
Situated within the bay formed by Halkidiki’s second peninsula and the Athos Peninsula, Amouliani is one of the smallest islands in Greece and the only inhabited island in Halkidiki. With a population of fewer than 600 permanent residents, this charming island offers a tranquil getaway for those seeking a peaceful retreat, even if just for a day.
The serenity and beauty of Amouliani’s landscape caught the attention of the London Times a few years ago, leading the publication to wonder why this earthly paradise hadn’t graced the covers of international travel magazines.
Amouliani has a rich history, having been part of Mount Athos’ property for many centuries until 1925. The island then officially became an organized community a few years after the Asia Minor Catastrophe. Initially inhabited by shepherds, fishermen, and boat repairmen responsible for maintaining the monastic property on the island, Amouliani later welcomed numerous uprooted families from Propontis following the arrival of over a million Asia Minor refugees. This led to the establishment of the Amouliani community we know today, which has managed to survive and maintain its communal character despite various population fluctuations over the years.
Amouliani is adorned with olive trees and Mediterranean shrubs, providing a stunning backdrop for the island’s numerous tranquil sandy beaches, the most famous being Alykes. Located on the far side of the island, this beach can be reached either by car from the village or by a small boat, allowing you to take in the breathtaking marine-blue vistas. Other noteworthy beaches on the island include Karagatsia, Agios Georgios, and Porto Agio, all offering equally beautiful scenery and relaxing atmospheres.
For those seeking a little adventure, you can hop on a traditional Greek “kaiki” boat from the main village and head towards the Drenia Islands. Known as the Gaidouronisia, these six uninhabited islets are Halkidiki’s hidden diamonds that few people know about and even fewer visit. Upon arrival, you’ll be eager to explore the shallow sandy shores and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the summer season. After all, what more could one need for an unforgettable summer experience than abundant sunshine, crystal-clear saltwater, and a few fresh seafood dishes accompanied by ouzo?
Upon visiting Amouliani, you’ll be captivated by its pristine sandy beaches, inviting crystal-clear waters, and a sense of tranquility that promises to make your Greek vacation an unforgettable experience. So, why wait? Plan your escape to this enchanting island paradise today!
To reach Amouliani, head to Tripiti, situated near Ouranoupoli. The journey to the small island takes only a few minutes, and like in other parts of Greece, you won’t have to search far to find a serene spot and succumb to its allure.
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