The ancient Greeks believed that the world is made up of 4 elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Aristotle, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, added Aether. The 5th element represents the secret of the world's existence, the intangible, incorruptible and unchangeable energy that binds the other elements. It is the catalyst that connects and balances everything, creating harmony and balance.
On the occasion of the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle's birth in Ancient Stagira, and the official proclamation of 2016 and 2017 as “Aristotle Anniversary Years” by UNESCO, the Tourism Organisation of Halkidiki is developing the “FIFTH ELEMENT”, a program of events and activities that aims to initiate visitors into the mystery of the FIFTH ELEMENT, help them come closer to the essence of their existence, their own “AETHER”, through a more profound contact with the other four elements.
This is the Aristotelian “Quintessence
” of life that visitors of Halkidiki
will enjoy through a wide range of experiences over two consecutive years.
Vision in the Air
Aristotle taught his pupils while walking. In the mornings he taught advanced students and in the afternoons beginners. For physical exercise, meditation or photography, Halkidiki highlights its 10 most beautiful sunrises and 10 most spectacular sunsets. Experience atmospheric moments in Aristotle's homeland.
“...We live in feelings, not figures on a sundial. We should count time in heartbeats...” Aristotle
The Earth's treasures
An opportunity for direct contact with Mother Earth and her fruits, especially wine, about which the philosopher was gushing with praise: “It frees the spirit” and “helps in eloquence”, he said. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the unique wine and tsipouro of Halkidiki, as well as other local products with a designated origin and unique quality. Visit wineries to choose the wine that best suits you and relax walking in the endless olive groves and vineyards.
“Wine makes all men hopeful...” Aristotle
The rejuvenating power of Water
The catalytic role of Fire
With exotic beaches and the fairytale waterfalls of Varvara, Halkidiki is dominated by water, magnificent and rejuvenating. Halkidiki's diving centres allow visitors to fathom the secrets of its ancient seabed. Make sure to bring an underwater camera with you. The exceptional seabed will reward you.
“... All things are in constant motion... ” Aristotle
In the fire of Halkidiki’s ovens are combined the rich products of the land and their essence enhanced. In the region’s most select restaurants, visitors can try ancient Greek dishes in an “ARISTOTELIAN MENU” made up of Aristotle's gourmet choices, aiming to convey flavours and philosophy to your taste buds.
“... In life, there is pleasure and natural sweetness...” Aristotle
The mysterious Quintessence
A visit to Ancient Stagira and the Aristotle Park completes a series of experiences that captures Aristotle's basic philosophical principles. Delve deep into the mystery of human existence, guided by the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts...” Aristotle
Alexander the Great learnt about this great difference through Aristotle's teachings. You can discover what life is really all about by taking a trip to Halkidiki.
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well...” Alexander the Great