Around the green mountains of the colorful Arnaia, where the Greek light meets the diverse flora of Eastern Halkidiki, the beehives of the beekeeper Christos Tsaras enable the bees to produce the famous honey of Arnea. Smelly, dense in texture, rich in natural aromas, sometimes flowery, sometimes “tree smelly”, the production carries the smell of the whole land to the people’s palates.
The bees roam in a completely authentic landscape – of Greece we are looking for. Between Holomontas and the Aristotelian Mountain, hundreds of hives host workers’ bees, which give life to the green countryside.
Various varieties are produced there: flower honey, pine tree honey, chestnut honey, Erika honey. Just choose what suits your taste, order it and try it. You will love it, you will join it in your diet and make it a way of life!
“A woman – graduate beekeeper, Mara is inspired by the Aristotelian mountain’s plants and creates …» That could be the title of Mara’s and Yiannis novel, who lastly created their own bee farm on the slopes of the Aristotelian Mountain.
“It could be claimed that beekeepers are the hunters of flowering,” says Mara. They move their farm always following the seasons and the flowering. The farms do not remain at one place for a long period of time. The location is changed, following a mathematical flowering function and the climatic conditions. Each flowered spot on the earth is at the same time a potential farm.
In order to understand what she is describing, let us follow “the 2014 route of Mara’s and Yiannis’ honey»:
- The bees spent their winter at Ierissos and remained there until the end of March (spring flowering heather)
- Until the end of June the colonies were moved on the slopes of the Aristotelian Mountain (flowering chestnut)
- And then they were moved very close to the Park of Aristotle
- Late in July the colonies went down – in the fields of Kakavos Mountain
- A part of the apiary was moved again around Ierissos (Mavraloni area) for the thyme flowering
- The first September days a part of the colonies went to Arnaia, another one to Olympiada and the third part to the Stratoni Mountain – “at the pines” area!
The farms are always opened to the public and there are no specific operation hours. The beekeeping activities are carried out in accordance with:
- the needs of hives,
- the flowering
and they are called “beekeeping inspections” (means : provision frames in the hive, adding of new modules depending on the growth of colonies, possible disease control treatments). Everything is presented to the visitors, just opening a cell, showing the Queen, the workers, the nannies, the drones, how a beehive works etc.
Don’t you characterize it as a very interesting experience? So, this is why Mara and Yiannis are waiting for you to be a part of the production and to hunt the flowering with them! Come to discover the “chest” (blister) and to taste its treasure (honey). Do not loose time. Book a place and acquire one of the most unique human experiences!
PAVLOS REPANIS beekeeping enterprise constitutes a third generation family tradition which dates back to 1930 and takes action in Halkidiki, Arnea. With the technical know-how of the production which is steadily oriented towards the rich nutritional and biological value of honey, they distribute their products all over Greece and abroad.
The honey is produced under strict specifications of production and packaging from the nectar of the wild flowers, aromatic plants (mountain tea, mint, sage, oregano, heather e.t.c) and trees (lime, acacia, chestnut, pine tree e.t.c) of ou rich Greek Nature.
Bees need to visit over 4 million flowers for the production of 1 kg honey.
Tip : The crystallization of the flower honey is a biological phenomenon which does not cause any changes to its nutritional and biological qualities. The honey which has been crystallized does not mean that it is off or impure. To liquefy it we put the tin or jar into a saucepan filled with hot water (40 oC) for two hours.
Clear, golden, delicious, wonderfully fragrant, rich in flavour, minerals, and nutrients, the organic honey of Arnea is among all kinds the most tasteful.
The city’s beekeepers work daily on the slopes of Holomontas and Aristotelian Mountains, collecting what the bees create, so as you can be provided with pure honey, beeswax, royal jelly, and the unique tsipouro from honey, the famous “mountovina”!
You can also attend the traditional production’s procedure, wearing the special protective uniform, to participate in the agricultural works, to see a bees’ shelter in the mountain, and watch how the beekeepers work!
You still think about it? Dare it, it is a lifetime experience!
Three lush mountains, protected by the European network Natura 2000, covered all year round with hundreds of plants and herbs, from which the monks of Mount Athos and the locals make all sorts of drinks or beverages and use them in cooking and confectionery!
They also make essential oils!
Indeed, 4,500 species of plants and herbs grow on the slopes of Cholomontas, while more than 404 species have been recorded on the Aristotelian Mountain; these are cited in ancient writings and formed the basis for the description of Asian plants by Alexander the Great!
Mount Athos and the entire Athonite state form a huge “botanical” area, which transforms religious, cultural and hiking tours into botanical excursions in a landscape that is as virgin as its vegetation.