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Ormylia

Halkidiki Greece

Ormylia Halkidiki

Ormylia is built on the foot of the Holomonta mountain. It has about 3.500 residents. It is inhabited by indigenous residents and has all those characteristics of the old settlements of Halkidiki.

Dense building- alleys – lack of town planning – lack of open areas, especially in the north older part of the village.

Elements that preserve its picturesqueness The new urban design of Halkidiki suggests the preservation of the traditional and architectural characteristics of the settlement, given the relevant temper of its inhabitants.

The oldest building is the central Church of St. George (1818) while some other buildings are preserved: the church tower bell, some old mansions and the old Primary School, which was built in 1909 and remains well preserved in an excellent condition. Today the Community is located in this building.

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Ormos Panagias

Ormos Panagias Sithonia Halkidiki

Ormos Panagias Sithonia Halkidiki

Ormos Panagias is about 2.5 km from Agios Nikolaos is a picturesque harbor.

From day boats leaving the bay and boats that make the tour of Mount Athos, with stops in Ouranoupoli and Ammouliani.

Fresh fish and cooked food to enjoy in the taverns that are in port, but also you will find modern accommodation, apartments and rooms for your stay.

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Neos Marmaras

Neos Marmaras Halkidiki Sithonia

Neos Marmaras, Sithonia – the Princess of the Northern Aegean

If blue and green infinity could form a shell, Neos Marmaras would have been a gem. Tucked on the western coastline of the Sithonia Island, Neos Marmaras baths in the beautiful sunset. Outspread on three hills, with the picturesque environment featuring beautiful beaches and pine groves, the settlement had developed into one of the greatest Aegean holiday resorts.

Mother Nature favored Sithonia and Neos Marmaras in particular. The resort is located at the base of the Sithonia’s highest mountain – Itamos, 823m, which abounds with the olive groves and rich wildlife (foxes, rabbits, wild boars…). Neos Marmaras is one of rare resorts with two beaches, and both of them are rewarded with the “blue flag”, which is a synonym for the beauty and crystal cleanness of the waters.

Paradiso beach can be found to the north of the resort’s center, featuring calm waters, gradual entry into the water and tranquil atmosphere. Paradiso is half sand, half pebble beach.

One-kilometer long main beach boasts more natural shade, tourist facilities (showers, toilets, beach-volley court…), and sand. Entrance into the water is also gradual.

Diverse accommodation options are available within the holiday resort, and slightly outside of it. Beach hotels, camps and private apartments cater to a wide range of tourists. Neos Marmaras, in general, is chosen for a family and peaceful vacation, but several cafes, nightclubs and beach clubs provide entertainment during the day and night. The resort also disposes of an ambulance, post office, rent-a-car agencies, stores and other basic and complementary facilities.

Neos Marmaras is well connected with Thessaloniki (the second largest Greek city) and other parts of Halkidiki by a network of excellent roads, which should be used for discovery of isolated and hidden coves along the neighboring coastline.

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Metamorfosi

Metamorfosi Halkidiki Sithonia

Metamorfosi Sihtonia Halkidiki

Metamorfosi is a beautiful –green-tourist village, in the beginning of Sithonia, built on the sea, with a city plan.

The habitants of Metamorfosi are refugees from the Near East. They are very hospitable, willing to offer their precious services to local and foreign tourists.

As a tourist village is probably the most beautiful village of North Greece. It is built on a green slope with pinewoods, by the sea. Its golden beaches, the blue and clean as a crystal sea, the lacy beaches, made it very early popular not only in Greece, but in Europe too. The right orientation is the one that makes Metamorfosi to have the best climate of Greece (temperate), that is a fresh summer and a mild winter, with no humidity at all, a very rare qualification for those who are aware of it.

Besides, the Ministry of Education in 1950 chose Metamorfosi out of all the villages of North Greece to create the first camp, which stills operate.

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Gerakini

Gerakini Beach Sithonia Halkidiki

Gerakini Sithonia Halkidiki

Gerakini bay offers a modern shopping centre to cater for all shopping needs and desires, pedestrian sidewalks to stroll by the seaside, children’s playground on the sand, water sports facilities, picturesque taverns to taste fresh fish, “ouzeri” with local delicacies, bars on the seafront to enjoy a drink or coffee while gazing at the sunset and at very short distances, several beaches with crystal blue waters.

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos Sithonia Halkidiki

Agios Nikolaos, Sithonia Halkidiki

Agios Nikolaos is 110 kilometers from Thessaloniki, where Sithonia peninsula begins.

It is a blessed place and it is gifted with rare natural beauties. Here, the blue of the sea and the green of pine are combined exquisitely.

With more than thirty kilometers of beaches, with beautiful picturesque bays, clean beaches and very clean waters, it is something special.

In the traditional village of Agios Nikolaos you can enjoy a romantic walk to the picturesque paved alleys, and admire the traditional houses of 19 th century that constitute samples of folk architecture. You can also visit the churches of Saint George and Saint Paraskevi, as well as the country chapel of Saint Nikolaos, Saint George and that of Ormos Panagias.

You can also enjoy the magic of the feast that prevails in this square of the village during the three-day cultural celebrations of Agia Paraskevi, which reach their peak on the 26 th July. The visitor can reflect on the past and enjoy contemporary and intimate hospitality.

Today, with a permanent population of 2.500 habitants, the community of Agios Nikolaos is surrounded from north to south by dense pineforest and towards west by Sigitikos bay or Mount Athos bay.

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Vourvourou

Vourvourou Sithonia Halkidiki

Vourvourou, Sithonia Halkidiki

South and at a distance of 10 klm from Agios Nikolaos and 120 klm from the airport of Thessaloniki , to the peninsula of Sithonia is the known all over the world for its natural beauty, Vourvourou, with its nine small islands where the virgin nature and the secret charming beaches are something unique.

5 klm from Ormos Panagias, along a road that spreads out between olive trees and pines, the magic picture of Vourvourou stuns the visitor. It is a matter of a colorful complex of blue and green with miscellaneous marine designs and forest-covered hills. Firstly you can see Livari, a calm fair lagoon which is delimited from the adjacent navy-blue sea by an elongated sandy beach with pine trees.

Except for the blue waters and the seafood snacks to the picturesque taverns of the area, one of the possibilities that are offered to the visitor is also a boat ride to Diaporos or the small islands which are exactly opposite the settlement where you can see the cleanest blue-green waters of Halkidiki.

You, again, that have a special preference for the mountain, you can walk to the footpaths of Itamos in order to enjoy from its summit, the magic bay of Vourvourou and see the whole Halkidiki and half Aegean Sea .

Local farm products from Vourvourou, like all other places in Halkidiki are: virgin olive oil, good wine, tsipouro(ouzo), honey, fresh fishes.

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Siviri

Siviri Kassandra Halkidiki Greece

Siviri Kassandra Halkidiki

Siviri is situated between Kassandreia and Fourka.

It is a seaside settlement, which lately has been well developed. The great taverns, the quite and green environment characterizes the area.

Along the seaside walkway you can find traditional taverns and restaurants, pizzas, and beach bars. At the Siviri’s square you’ll find super markets,  art shops, etc.

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Sani

Sani Nea Fokea Kassandra Halkidiki Greece

Sani is one of the most beautiful places before Nea Fokea village in Kassandra.

Beautiful beaches, fully equipped hotel units (SANI HOTEL), and elegant camping (BLUE DREAM) make the area a unique destination for tourists.

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Posidi

Posidi Kassandra Halkidiki Greece

Posidi, Kassandra Halkidiki

Posidi is the beach of Kallandra and it is well known. The most famous characteristic of the region is its lighthouse, which is built for many years.

The camping of GNTO, the countless beach-bars, the local meat, the fires on its endless beach, make Posidi a unique piece of the Greek land that remains unforgettable to its visitor.

The lighthouse

Built in 1864, the lighthouse stood very near to the water in its early days but now the sea has backed away. The sand stretch was formed later from piling up of sediments. This colonial styled lighthouse is still in use today and has a small flowery garden besides it, adding to its beauty.

Mendi

The area is tightly associated with the existence of “Mendi”. The place-names of the country of Mendi were kept unchanged, like the one of its beach that is still called Posidio, an ionic expression of Posidonion, as Thucydides names it in the 5th ce BC. Four km west is the temple of Poseidon, built on a stripe of land near the sea.

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Polichrono

Polichrono Kassandra Halkidiki

Polichrono Kassandra Halkidiki

The history of Polichrono begins in 650 b.c when the Eretrieis came to the Peninsula of Kassandra and established their colony in Neapoli, which despite all the barbarian invasions managed to survive until 540 a.c. when it was totally ruined by the Huns.
In the 11th century cattle-breeders farmers gathered in this area and built “Polyhro” village, which name was given due to the large number of flowers that the region had.

The village lived under the Turkish oppression and during the revolution of 1821 it was put to fire and completely ruined by the Turks.

Few years later some of the few survivors who had run away and managed to survive, came back and rebuilt the village, which due to its verbal corruption was named Polyhrono. Today is one of the most famous places of Halkidiki and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. It well known for its long beach, which lies along the settlement.

Don’t miss to visit the Folklore Museum of Polichrono !

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Pefkohori

Pefkohori Kassandra Halkidiki

Pefkohori, Kassandra Halkidiki

Pefkohori is located 102 km away from Thessaloniki. The name Pefkohori means Pine village thus one can understand why. Surrounded by a Pinewood and by Olive Plantations, Pefkohori is one of the small paradises in Halkidiki.

The old village impresses with its typical alleys and its beautiful gardens with the colorful flowers. The modern and developed beach offers countless moments of relaxation and enjoyment on the sandy beach and the blue sea.

Pefkohori has a great nightlife and the night walks on the beach remain unforgettable to the visitor.

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Paliouri

Paliouri Halkidiki

Paliouri Kassandra Halkidiki

Paliouri is known for its honey and olive oil production as well as the entire region. The visitor can admire the unique nature and stroll around the verdurous paths of the Pinewood or walk in the traditional alleys of the village, which give a unique traditional color.

Don’t miss to taste traditional products and food in tavern ‘Giannikos or unique gourmet recipes to Sea of Tastes restaurant of Porto Valitsa.

Southeast of the village, at the limits of Toronaios Gulf and after 6 km towards Kanistro Cape there is the settlement of Xina and the settlement of Ag. Nikolaos with two picturesque small gulfs and the natural bay where the church of St. Nikolas if located.

2 km at the southeast of the village there is the resort beach of Chrouso.

In Chrouso beach the visitor can enjoy the blue waters and a golden beach in combination with the pinewoods that reach the sea in a really enchanting landscape.

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Nea Skioni

Nea Skioni Kassandra Halkidiki

Nea Skioni, Kassandra Halkidiki

Nea Skioni was established in 1918 where fisherman huts existed. In 1930, the old village “Tsaprani”, which was located in the mountain of Kassandra, was abandoned.

The new village was named after the ancient Skioni, which was the oldest colony. According to Thoukidides it was built after the Trojan War by the Pellineis of Peloponnese, who located there to spend the winter.

After the Medic wars, it became member of the Athenian Alley. However, during the Peloponnesian war it joined the Lakedaimonious and then the Athenians full of rage wanted to punish Skioni thus they slaughtered all the man, who were 18 years old and over. Then, refuges Plataieis settled in the deserted town.Ancient Skioni flourished during the Roman years but we do not know when exactly it was completely ruined.

Today New Skioni lies around its charming harbor where the sun meets with the sea and serenity dominates everywhere as the fishing boats return at the end of the day, bringing fresh fish, which you can taste in all the fish taverns of the village.

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Nea Potidea

N. Potidea Kassandra Halkidiki Greece

Nea Potidea, Kassandra Halkidiki

Nea Potidea is the unique way to access the Peninsula of Kassandra. The magic canal is an unforgettable sight. Boats, including dragnet boats and boats with acetylene lamps cross daily its water and always return full of fresh fish.

The village has 1601 habitants who at summer time come up to 3000. There is an organized and beautiful beach, where the tourists can enjoy the sea and taste fresh fish, as there are many fish taverns in the region.

Up in the village’s hill there is the picturesque church of Virgin Mary, which celebrates on the 23d August.

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Nea Fokea

Nea Fokea Kassandra Halkidiki

Nea Fokea, Kassandra Halkidiki

The beautiful seaside village of Fokea, with the well-preserved Byzantine tower of St. Paul, the picturesque small port, the beautiful beaches and the clean sea, attract every year thousands of tourists of every age.
It has 1500 habitants who during the summer come up to 10.000 and it’s only 78 km away from Thessaloniki. Is one of the youngest villages of Kassandra as it was established in 1922 by Near East refugees. Although it’s a new village, it has a long history. The region is populated by the ancient years.

During the historic years towns developed: Sani, colony of Eretrians, built on the west beach and Skithai built on the Toronaios gulf. During the 14th century many “metoxia” (monasteries) of Mount Athos existed. In 1407 Ioannis Palaiologos gave the region today’s village to the Monastery of St. Paul of Mount Athos. The Byzantine Tower was probably built at that time. In 1821 in that tower the leader of the revolution Emmanuel Papas had his headquarters.

The fair of the Apostle Peter and Paul in 29-30 June is really interesting. The mass takes place in the church of St. Paul, which is located at the entrance of the village. It is about a chiseled Macedonian tomb, in the rocky area of the village, which is really admirable, and according to the traditions Apostle Paul went there to protect himself from his persecutors. Inside the tomb there are many rooms and an underground passage that leads to the holy water.

The village has a remarkable tourist infrastructure, which includes luxury hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, café, patisseries, e.t.c. Those who like nightlife, apart from the bars the village has, they can choose among numerous nightclubs with live music.

During the summer in the Tower many cultural events take place, within the framework of the Kassandra Festival.

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Mola Kalyva

Halkidiki Greece

Mola Kaliva Kassandra Halkidiki

Mola Kaliva has a very calm, almost like paradise landscape, a dry climate, a beautiful endless beach. Mola Kaliva is the ideal place for those who are looking for peace and natural beauty.

The combination of the clear Aegean Sea and the natural beauty make the beach of Mola Kaliva unforgettable.

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Loutra

Loutra Agia Paraskevi Kassandra Halkidiki

Loutra, Kassandra Halkidiki

5 km south of Agia Paraskevi, in front of the sea there is the settlement of Loutra, which is mainly consisted of holiday residences, rooms to rent and hotels.
The habitants that live in Loutra are mainly occupied with fishing, beekeeping, olive cultivation and tourism.

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Kriopigi

Kriopigi Pigadakia

Kriopigi, Kassandra Halkidiki

Kriopigi is located in the Peninsula of Kassandra about 90 km away from Thessaloniki. It is built amphitheatrically at the slope of the piney hill with a great view to the gulf of Kassandra.

The region is populated from the ancient years and today Kriopigi is located between Neapolis and Flegra. The perfect climate, the combination of the green mountain and of the clear sea – was honored with many blue flags – along with the high services and the hospitality make Kriopigi one of the most remarkable resorts of the area. The hotel units, today they number 1000 rooms, as well as the camping of G.N.T.O and the three hundred furnished apartments and rooms in the area offer a comfortable and pleasant stay to the visitor as well as the possibility of various activities (sea sports, excursions, tennis, horse riding, e.t.c).

The Center of Pedagogic Research and Education is situated in Kriopigi, and it’s a donation of Dr. Erhart and Sofia Ziegler. This center is a meeting point of educators from the entire world, who visit the center in order to cooperate and attend the various seminars and conferences that are being organized during the whole year.

The visitor can enjoy high quality natural products such as honey, fruits, olives, and olive oil and visit the fountain, which was named after the village and exists many years now. The region provides all the necessary services, restaurants, taverns, super markets, fish taverns, nightclubs, bars, pop art shops, e.t.c, which ensure heavenly vacations.

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Kassandrino

Kassandrino Kassandra Halkidiki

Kassandrino, Kassandra Halkidiki

In the center of the peninsula, in a valley full of green, in a beautiful piney skyline, lies the village of Kassandrino. Kassandrino is a traditional village with 100 houses and 250 habitants. Kassandrino is an old village, which according to a story was named after the neighboring Kassandreia because the cattle-breeders kept their corrals there.

The peaceful and beautiful valley, which is located in the village was populated during the ancient times and the Byzantine years. Some ruins and the church of the Triad (old catacomb) that has some wonderful wall paintings prove that.

The village was completely ruined by the Turks in 1821. Its reconstruction began in 1826 by those who survived and returned to their land. The church’s village, the Assumption, was built during the 1950s with hacked local stone. It celebrates on the 15th August. At a distance of 3 km. Southeast of the village in an enchanting location surrounded by age-long trees, the beautiful chapel of St. George is situated. Every year on the 23d April a traditional fair takes place. The village has many taverns with delicious snacks, supermarkets, coffee bars, bakery.

The most important products of the village are oil and honey of best quality.

On the south of the village at a distance of 6 km, near the sea, in the Community of Kassandrino the settlement of Mola Kaliva is situated. Tradition says that it was called after a guard who the monks had in this region. He was named Molas and lived in a hut (kaliva). The habitants used to say: At Mola’s kaliva (hut). Thus, the name MOLA KALIVA passed through the years.

Kassandrino recommended for food, there are excelent tavern and restaurant.

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