Visit Mount Athos
Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece that is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered a center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.
Hiking on Mount Athos is a unique experience, but there are some restrictions and rules that must be followed. The peninsula is only accessible to men, and a special permit is required to enter. The number of visitors is also limited, and advance booking is necessary.
Here are some tips for hiking on Mount Athos: Visit Mount Athos
Get a permit: As mentioned, a permit is required to enter Mount Athos. You can apply for a permit through the Mount Athos Pilgrims’ Bureau, which is based in Thessaloniki. Make sure to apply well in advance as the number of permits is limited.
Dress appropriately: Visitors are expected to dress modestly and appropriately for a monastic environment. Long pants and shirts are required, and women are not allowed to enter.
Be respectful: Remember that Mount Athos is a holy site for Orthodox Christianity, and visitors are expected to be respectful of the monasteries and their inhabitants. Follow the rules and regulations, and avoid any behavior that could be seen as disrespectful.
Plan your route: There are several hiking trails on Mount Athos, but visitors are not allowed to wander freely. You will need to plan your route in advance and stick to the designated trails.
Bring appropriate gear: Depending on the time of year, the weather on Mount Athos can be unpredictable. Make sure to bring appropriate gear, including sturdy hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Enjoy the scenery: Mount Athos is a beautiful and unique place, so take the time to appreciate the scenery and the monasteries.
Remember that hiking on Mount Athos is a privilege, and visitors are expected to behave responsibly and respectfully.