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|Stageira & Olympiada
||Stageira & Olympiada facts and figures
The fishing harbour of Olympiada, at the south end of the beach.
|Ancient Stageira archaeological site|
Opening hours: daily 8.30 am - 9 pm.
For directions see: Ancient Stageira gallery pages 1-7.
||Olympiada (also known as Olymbiada; Greek, Ολυμπιάδα) is the modern village. It is marked on some Greek maps as Olympias (Ολυμπιάς).|
Stageira (also written Stagira; Greek, Στάγειρα; originally known as Στάγειρος, Stageiros; in Latin, Stagirus) was the ancient Greek city, the remains of which are 700 metres south of Olympiada.
The peninsula on which Ancient Stageira stands is known as Liotopi.
The official name of the uninhabited island across the bay, 2.5 km northwest of Olympiada, is Kavkanas (or Kafkanas; Greek, Καυκανάς). It is also known by its ancient name Kapros (Greek, Κάπρος, wild boar), which was also the name of the bay and Stageira's port, Kapros Limani.
||Olympiada is located on the northeast coast of the Halkidiki peninsula, on the Strymonic Gulf (named after the Strymon River which enters the sea about 35 km northeast of Olympiada), in the Northern Aegean Sea.
It is 95 km east Thessaloniki and 15 km south of the seaside town of Stavros (Σταυρός, 80 km on the National Road EO2 from Thessaloniki to Kavala).
It is 22 km southwest of the seaside resort of Asprovalta (Ασπροβάλτα).
See How to get to Stageira and Olympiada on the next page.
The Archaeological Site of Ancient Stageira is situated on two hills, and the valley between them, on the Liotopi pensinsular, just 700 metres south of Olympiada. See Ancient Stageira gallery.
|Don't go to the wrong Stageira!|
|Ancient Stageira at Olympiada should not be confused with the modern village of Stageira, which is 25 kilometres further south and has no historical connection with Aristotle.|
Many travel guides confuse the two places, a confusion made worse by the fact that the modern Stageira has an "Aristotle Park" with a modern statue of the ancient philosopher similar to that in Olympiada.
Modern Stageira, near Stratoniki and Stratoni, may be a nice place, but if you are travelling by bus and end up there, you may find it difficult to get from there to Olympiada. There is no bus connection between Stratoni and Olympiada.
See: How to get to Stageira and Olympiada
||Olympiada is built along a narrow coastal plain. The village's beachfront is at sea level, with the streets behind on a gentle slope up to about 10 metres.|
The wooded hills to the west of the village
are up to 750 metres high.
(Κεντρική Μακεδονία, Kentrikí Makedonía)
||Halkidiki (also written Chalkidiki, Chalcidice or Chalkidike; Greek, Χαλκιδική)|
||Aristotelis (until 2011 Stagira-Akanthos)|
Town Hall, Head office
63075 Ierissos, Chalkidiki, Greece
Tel: +30 23773 50000
Fax: +30 23773 22414
www.ierissos.gr and www.stagira.gr
(in Greek, English and German)
||Eastern European Time (EET)|
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours
||As with the rest of northern Greece, between Mediterranean (temperate, with wet winters and hot, dry summers) and continental (wetter, cooler).|
Temperatures December-February 3° - 19° C; during summer months the highest temperature is usually around 35°C.
Although it is generally warm and sunny between the end of May and September, rain showers and thunder storms are common, even in summer.
||Olympiada village: approximately 700|
|local phone numbers:
||Bus stations: see page 11: How to get to Stageira and Olympiada.|
|Further information for Greece can be found
in our introduction to Greece pages.
the birthplace of Aristotle"
by Dr. Kostas Sismanidis
Dr. Kostas Sismanidis led the first
systematic archaeological excavations
of Stageira, which began in 1990.
His illustrated 20-page booklet contains
a brief history of Stageira and Olympiada
and provides a useful guide to the main
features of the archaeological site.
The booklet includes a plan of the site
and photos of finds which are in the
Archaeological Museum of Polygyros.
Very little has yet been published
about Ancient Stageira, so this
excellent booklet remains the essential
guide for the general visitor as well
as those who wish to gain a deeper
understanding of the place.
in English, German and Greek from
Hotel Germany and Hotel Liotopi,
Interactive map of Macedonia, Thrace, Central Greece and the Aegean.
Colour key for Greek island groups (west-east)
See also our interactive map of Greece.
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in Kavala's historic Panagia District