Olympiada, Chalkidiki

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Olympiada (Greek: Ολυμπιάδα) is a town in the northeastern part of the peninsula of Chalkidice, Greece, with 649 inhabitants in the 2001 census. It is a municipal district of the same name, within the municipality of Stagira-Akanthos. Main occupation of its residents is tourism and fishing. The distance from Ierissos is 35 km and 90 from Thessaloniki. Approximately 700 meters from it lies the archaeological site of ancient Stagira and the modern village of same name. The area is declared as a protected zone by the Natura 2000 programme.

Name

Olympiada took its name from Olympias, a princess of Ancient Epirus and the mother of Alexander the Great.

History

The village was founded by Greek refugees, who came from Asia Minor in 1923. Originally the land was marshy and malaria was a main problem for the population. Many of the refugees died and others migrated to other places, in Macedonia and in Thrace.

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