Arnea is one of the most picturesque villages in North Halkidiki and seat of Metropolis of Ierissos, Athos and Adramerio. It is built at an altitude of 600 meters, at the foot of the mountain of Holomon, faced towards the Northeast a valley with green meadows and forests across the mountain Drevenikos. Its distance from Thessaloniki is 70 km and from Polygyros 38 km.
Arnea is mentioned in Thucydides, called Arni and from there passed Vrasidas in the Peloponnesian War. For reasons we do not know, that ancient city was destroyed. In the following centuries at the position of the ancient city, small villages are created. At the ledgers of the Ottoman Empire until 1478 was recorded as arable land (mezraa) of Paleochori. He had no inhabitants. Between 1478 to 1519 the village became Christian. The residents took part in the Revolution of Independence in 1821 and the village was burned, among other 41 villages, by Bayram Pasha after the defeat of the revolt in Chalkidiki.
It is famous for its traditional buildings. The old school built in 1871, the cathedral of Saint Stefanos built in 1812. The most of the houses were built on the second half of 19th century.
(Summary and translation from Wikipedia by C. Theodorou)