Petralona Tourism

The Petralona cave (Greek: Σπήλαιο Πετραλώνων) also Cave of the Red Stones (Greek: Σπήλαιο των κόκκινες πέτρες), a Karst formation - is located at 300 m (984 ft) above sea-level on the western foot of Mount Katsika, 1 km (1 mi) east of the eponymous village, about 35 km (22 mi) south-east of Thessaloniki city on the Chalkidiki peninsula, Greece. The site came to public attention when in 1960 a fossilized hominid skull was found. The cave had been discovered accidentally only a year earlier (1959) after erosion had left clefts in the rock. "Bejeweled" with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations and holding an abundance of fossils the cave soon attracted geologists and paleontologists. After decades of excavations the cave is open to the public and scientific work is documented and presented in an adjacent Archaeological Museum. The cave's most prominent fossil specimen, since known among paleoanthropologists as the "Petralona Skull", named Archanthropus europaeus petraloniensis by Aris Poulianos, former head of the Anthropological Association of Greece. He considers it the oldest European hominid ever found and assessed it to be 800.000 years old. Yet "there was the constant problem that the skull was an isolated find" as other scientists strongly disagree and the find has been a continuing cause of controversy since. The Anthropological Association's conclusions and results are in direct conflict with accepted speciation models of the genus Homo and the chronology of the Out of Africa theory. For a number of times excavations on the site were delayed and/or had to be discontinued, first in 1967 and the following years in relation to the Greek coup d'état, again in 1983, according to Nickos A. Poulianos the Ministry of Culture giving no reason why it ceased to re-issue the excavation concession until "in 1997 the Anthropological Association of Greece, after 15 years of trials, was justified by the Supreme Court and was ordered the continuation of its works in the cave." Dr. Aris Poulianos, President of the Anthropological Association of Greece has repeatedly accused the Greek government, claiming it is conspiring to suppress his discoveries as in 2012 excavation rights were revoked again. The on-site Anthropological Museum of Petralona displays a selection of the cave's findings.

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Find crucial information and trip planning details about Petralona, which is a city in Greece. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Thessaloniki, Greece. Attractions in Thessaloniki include The White Tower, The Archaeological Museum, Ano Poli. Tour packages of Petralona are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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  • Know the pollution level of Petralona before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.75 (High)
    • Water Pollution 47.99 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.56 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.56 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.11 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 70.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 42.39 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75.57 (High)
  • How safe is Petralona for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Petralona.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.92 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.04 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.48 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.57 (High)
    • Car Stealing 28.92 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.93 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 31.55 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.3 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 86.63 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 59.36 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.05 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.85 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.79 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Petralona is 125.99 (High)

    • Safety Index 61.26 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.39 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 64.51 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.06 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 56.19 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.36 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.41 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 42.31 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Petralona

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.45 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.82 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.87 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 85.88 USD

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