Welcome to Athos Peninsula
Land entry is prohibited between secular and monastic Athos. Boats from Ouranoupoli to the 'monks' republic' are carefully guarded, with thorough checks for customs (and forbidden women).
Male visitors hoping to bunk with monks must apply for permits well in advance, the reward being access to the peninsula's rugged terrain and dazzling religious architecture. Meanwhile, women travellers in Ouranoupoli might feel alienated or bemused by the whirl of spiritual activity. Women and mixed groups can take boat trips to get a glimpse of Athos.