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Skala is located in a short distance from the entrance of Mount Athos and the picturesque village of Ouranoupoli, overlooking the island of Ammouliani.
Best Direction: NE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft)
Main Wind Direction:
Blowing at: Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
In summer time, great conditions for learning, with a gentle onshore breeze virtually guaranteed every morning. After 15:00-16:00 blows northeastern winds from the left (4 bft), very stable. If you’re an expert you can go till Ammouliani and back.
Access to Skala Ouranoupolis:
Skala is located on the west coast of the northwest part of the leg Mount Athos, in Chalkidiki. You may rent a car at the airport and drive to the spot, or if you prefer not to drive in a foreign country, arrange transportation for you from the Thessaloniki airport to Skala Ouranoupolis and back by taxi or bus that stop -on request- right on the spot.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: There are alternative routes from Thessaloniki if you are using your car: via Poligyros or via Arnaia if you fancy a scenic mountain road and via Egnatia AutoRoute, Stavros & Olympiada for speed; always driving to Ierissos. Bypassing Ierissos and Nea Roda the road leads to Ouranoupoli. At the 5th km Nea Roda -Ouranoupoli, on the left side a hotel’s sign leads to the spot. Distances: Thessaloniki 25 km, Thessaloniki Airport 113 km (1 hour 45 minutes), Ierissos 11 km, Ouranoupolis - Mount Athos 5 km, Nea Roda 6 km.
Access to Chalkidiki:
The beautiful region of Chalkidiki is easy to reach due to its close proximity to the city of Thessaloniki which is situated about 100 km away. Thessaloniki is the base of visitors for the transition to Chalkidiki, the second main aerial entrance to Greece. It has ample ferry, air, road and even rail connections with Athens and other major cities of Greece.
Arrival by Airplane: The International Airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) which is the airport that serves Chalkidiki connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). Taxis and busses take you from the airport to the Coach Station of Chalkidiki (KTEL) in Thessaloniki. There you can take the coach to reach the destination of your choice.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The Port of Thessaloniki is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea. As a free port, it also functions as a major gateway for the Balkan hinterland, southeastern Europe and Adriatic. It is connected with Piraeus and other major cities of North and Central Greece, as well as islands of North Aegean, Sporades Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Crete, Ionian Islands and Argosaronic.
Furthermore, the port of Thessaloniki is at a 16 km distance from the International "Macedonia" Airport and 1 km only from the Passenger Railway Station.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos), which crosses Greece from its westernmost edge -Italy (Igoumenitsa)- to its easternmost borders with Turkey (Kipi, Evros), is a modern motorway of international standards, equipped with devices and safety systems that aim at protecting and helping the motorists. Egnatia Odos meets the Ring Road of Thessaloniki which leads to the National Road towards Chalkidiki.
From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina & Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki, From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway, From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway. Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Halkidiki Road Network: Exit K1 Thessaloniki, Exit K4 Thessaloniki, Exit Redina & Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta
Arrival by Bus: There are regular bus connections from Athens and Thessaloniki that can reach all parts of Chalkidiki, Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos. The buses run daily and several times per day, throughout the year.
Arrival by Train: There is no train network in Chalkidiki. Travelers coming by train from other parts of Greece or from abroad arrive at the Train Station of Thessaloniki. After arriving at the Train Station of Thessaloniki, take a taxi or the bus to reach to the Coach Station of Chalkidiki (KTEL), in Thessaloniki, and then take the coach to reach Chalkidiki.
Local Transportation: Chalkidiki has a really good road network which makes it easy for travelers to reach all resorts and parts of Chalkidiki without a hassle. Leaving from Thessaloniki may be a little frustrating especially if you are travelling during the peak summer season due to a lot of traffic congestion that you may encounter.
Arrival by Car Rentals: The excellent road infrastructure of Chalkidiki makes it easy for travelers to get around by car or motorbike that can be rented at many of the travel agents scattered throughout the region. It should be noted that driving from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki can be quite frustrating due to the unexpected traffic one might encounter especially during the summer months.
Arrival by Bus: You can travel to Chalkidiki from Thessaloniki by intercity buses (KTEL) which comply with all modern specifications for fast, safe and pleasant transportation of passengers. The transition to the intercity bus station is quick and easy as the city bus stop is right outside the airport and the routes are many and regularly throughout the day, every day of the year. The bus is also the cheapest way to get around Chalkidiki.
Leaving from the KTEL bus station of Thessaloniki travelers can get to Kassandra in approximately 90 minutes as well as the towns of Kallikratia, Nea Moudania, Kassandria, Kallithea and Paliouri. Bus services are also available from Thessaloniki or Poligyros to most major resorts of Chalkidiki at least once or twice per day. From Thessaloniki there are services to Gerakini, Metamorfosi, Nikiti, Agios Nikolaos, Vourvourou and Armenistis. The main routes from Poligyros are to Gerakini, Psakoudia, Metamorfosi, Marmaras, Vourvourou, Armenistis, Sarti, Sykia and Kalamitsi. Bus service to Athos Peninsula is irregular therefore visitors are advised to use another form of transportation to reach the Holy Mountain (only men are allowed to enter the Monasteries of Athos).
Arrival by Taxi: There is a taxi stand at the airport of Thessaloniki that can easily take passengers to one of the many resorts of Kassandra. Taxis are available in the region of Chalkidiki as well. The main taxi centers are located in Poligyros and Nea Moudania but taxis can also be easily found locally.
Arrival by Boat Rentals: Travelers can rent a boat to explore the enchanting region of Chalkidiki, visit the sacred land of Mount Athos, the pristine surrounding islets, the stunningly beautiful secluded beaches and sea caves in their own pace and convenience.