According to Greek mythology, during the Battle of the Giants, the battle between Gods and Giants, which Gaia incited to avenge Zeus who imprisoned the Titans, Mount Athos
grabbed a rock (mountain of Thrace) and threw it against the Gods but he fell on the edge of Halkidiki
and formed the peninsula, the top of which took its name (Athos).
The Holy Mountain is an autonomous part of the Greek State, located on the peninsula of Mount Athos in Halkidiki. Of course, a part of Atos that doesn’t belong to the Holy Mountain and is available to tourists.
Women are not allowed but men who want to visit Mount Athos, are accepted only after special permission. The rest should be content to end their journey in Ouranoupoli, the City of Heaven, where they can enjoy a cruise around the stunning peninsula. Known for its crystal clear waters and unique beaches, Ouranoupoli can be considered an earthly paradise. Places that are popular as resorts on Athos are Ierissos, Ouranopolis, Nea Rodha, and Ammouliani island located across Ouranopolis. The most popular and largest city in Athos is Ierissos.