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Kassandreia, Kassandra Halkidiki

Kassandreia is a city of 3,500 habitants that during summertime becomes a big city of 25,000 habitants and it is the reference point of the Peninsula of Kassandra.

Kassandra is one of the oldest Municipalities of the Prefecture that comes along as a settlement since the 16th century. It was named after the king Kassandros of Macedonia, and by the homonymous ancient town, which was built on the isthmus of Kassandra.

The lead role of Kassandreia is evident at a very early stage, since it represents the headquarters of the Metropolis and of the vice-consulates of France and Holland, while after the holocaust of Kassandra in 1821, it attracts many habitants and it develops the center;s dynamic. Kassandreia. A town that extends its boundaries from Fourka to Sani. It’s a town with many beautiful beaches and it combines the green with the blue. The well-developed settlements of Kasssandra, such as Siviri, Elani and Sani offer hospitality, comfortable stay and all the relevant services tourism includes. The fresh and tasty fish of Siviri, the wild life water resort of Kypsa, the buildings that respect the environment and generally the infrastructure with modern establishments seal the region. Kassandreia, headquarters of the Municipality of Kassandra. It consists of a cultural, commercial and administrative center of the region and it plays the necessary lead role.

The good organization of all the educational levels that a rural town has, the activities that are being developing, the Municipal Conservatory, the Municipal Philharmonic, the dance group and finally the Festival of Siviri, which is organized every year in the open theatre of Siviri, consist of the best possible ways to make Kassandreia cultural center. The modern concept and the different organization of the market, in combination with an abundance of stores, which cover all the public’s needs, can safely characterize the town as a commercial center.

The necessary market definition with the construction of a pedestrian zone, the beautiful window shops, the spicy taverns, the good prices and the good service make the visitor have unforgettable moments only by taking a walk in the market. Having an administration that covers the needs of the local and foreign visitors it is really necessary for a region that is surrounded by developed settlements.

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Kallithea

Κalithea Κassandra Ηalkidiki

Kallithea Kassandra Halkidiki

Kallithea is a refugee’s village of 3,500 acres. The habitants were established in the region after the Near East disaster and the exchange of population.

They came from Maltepe of Propontida and of the vaster region of Pontos, kerassounta.Before 1925 a Monks Metohi (monastery) operated in Kallithea though as a manor, which was managed by the Russian Monastery in Mount Athos. After the settlement of the refugees and after the necessary expropriation of the region, the settlement was named “New Maltepe” by the refugees and until 1945 it was managed by the Afytis community.

In 1946 it becomes a self-existent Community named “Kallithea” which states the beautiful position the village has. Today its population comes up to about 500 habitats and every summer thousand of tourists visit it.

The village attracts thousands of tourists every year not only for its wonderful beaches but also for the very important archaeological findings that have been discovered after many archaeological researches made on the beach. The Temple of Ammon Zeus (Doric order that was built in the 4th century b.c., as well as other architectural parts that belong to the paleochristian basilica). There is a small temple of St. Panteleimona of the most recent years, where in its interior part one can see some very interesting wall paintings, which is located near the hotel Ammon Zeus.

Kallithea is a modern village that can offer unique moments and unforgettable vacations.

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Kalandra

Tavern at Posidi Kassandra Halkidiki

Kalandra, Kassandra Halkidiki

The region of Kalandra, of which the establishment of its settlement in today’s village must have taken place in the last Byzantine years or the first years of the Turkish domination. It is closely connected to the existence of Mendi. It has preserved the places name of the Mendi’s country, as that of the beach that is still called “Poseidio”, Ionic expression of Poseidonio, as Thoukidis names it in the 5th century. Today, some traces of the wall of the ancient Mendi still remain by the sea.

On the west side of Kalandra, 4 km away, there is the Temple of Poseidon that is located on a narrow pass near the sea. Very close to the temple there is the lighthouse, which was built in 1864.A km west of the village, in a beautiful landscape where one can view the fields, there is a remarkable church of the Virgin Mary, which was built in 1619. It’s a very interesting church because in its interior there are some wall paintings that present the life and crucifixion of Jesus.

The biggest church of Kalandra “Assumption” was built in 1900 and has a unique architectural interest. It’ s a basilica and it celebrates on the 15th August. Every year, on the 23d August they organize a big fair to honor the Virgin Mary. This day the church is “flooded” by hundreds of people.

The main products of the regions are oil, honey, cereals, cotton, corn. The first hotel unit was built in the region of Kalandra. Today along the beach, which is 12 km long, the largest camping of G.N.T.O. (Greek National Tourism Organization) operates.

At Kalandra, Posidi and in the greater region there are a lots of picturesque taverns, fish taverns, restaurants, café, bars, clubs, super markets, butcher shops, discos, live music, rooms to let, apartments, taxis, community clinic, mobile bank to serve the visitors in the best possible way, and the hospitality of the habitants that promise unforgettable vacations in Kalandra.

Generally, Kalandra offers a variety of activities during the whole year that the active cultural union of the village organizes. (theatre, painting exhibitions, dances, excursions, folklore exhibitions, e.t.c.).

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Hanioti

Hanioti Kassandra Halkidiki

Hanioti Kassandra Halkidiki

According to tradition the village was named after its first habitat who came from Hania, Crete and was settled in the old village which is now located in the inland of Kassandra, south of today’s village and at a distance of about 2,5 km.

In 1930 the village was moved from its current location due to an earthquake that caused a total disaster.

The area is full of springs and it has a rich flora. The beautiful beach of Hanioti attracts every year many visitors.

The village is full of green and there are many beautiful spots where the visitor can enjoy a coffee or food.

At Hanioti there are many ways of entertainment during day and night.

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—[ Main Photo Credits : Lars Igelström (skumroffe) ]—

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Fourka

Fourka Beach Kassandra Halkidiki

Fourka Kassandra Halkidiki

Fourka is located 100 km away from Thessaloniki and every year it attracts many tourists. The first thing the visitor meets, is its beautiful beach the so-called Skala of Fourka (Fourka Beach). The village of Fourka is situated at a distance of about 2 km. The natural beauties and the history of the village are combined with the modern hotel equipment and the nightlife. It is worth mentioning the friendliness and the traditional hospitality of the habitants, which provide the visitor with the best conditions to have a great holiday.

Flashback

Fourka does not lack of historical interest. An inscription, which is found in the cemetery’s church of St. Athanasios, takes us back to the Roman years. The Byzantine findings that recently came to light in the ruins of St. Ioannis Temple, as well as the various chapels and houses –that are worthy for their architecture- are sings of the village’s course through the years.

Natural beauties

A village full of green. A paradise with pinewoods, olive trees, and every kind of trees and flowers. A place where: The sunshines, the sea is wide, peaceful as a lake, decorated with diamonds. These words could belong to a poet. The sea is crystal blue and it has the “blue flag of Europe”. It is also well combined with the pinewood of the mountain. This fairy world of beauty is concluded with the enchanting sunset. As the sun sets into the sea, red, purple and orange shades decorate the skyline.

Cosmopolitan character

Apart from the natural beauty, the visitors are attracted by the excellent tourist organization. The modern establishments offer a pleasant and comfortable stay.Entertainment is very important for the visitor’s satisfaction. Fourka has a great nightlife that satisfies everyone.

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Agia Paraskevi

Agia Paraskevi, Kassandra Halkidiki

Agia Paraskevi, Kassandra Halkidiki

Agia (Saint) Paraskevi is located in the inland of Kassandra, surrounded by a pinewood. It was named after the church of Agia Paraskevi, which is in the village. The Agia (Saint), as the habitants call it, has a rich historical tradition and it was ruined three times by the Turks conquerors, the last one was in 1821.

The visitor has the chance to wonder around the peaceful alleys of the village and escape through beautiful routes that are traced in the woods. The habitants of the village are very simple and hospitable people and will be glad to show you their secrets of beekeeping, which along with the olive cultivation is their main occupation.

In the village there are a lot of small, picturesque taverns where you can taste delicious traditional food and snacks of Halkidiki, always by drinking some local ouzo or tsipouro (kind of ouzo, only stronger).

Do not forget to visit the Thermal Spa Center of Agia Paraskevi, unique for their healing properties.

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Afitos

Afytos Kassandra Halkidiki

Afitos (Athitos), Kassandra Halkidiki

Afytis, Afetos, Athitos

“Places where with the moon’s forget flower and with the sun’s juices nourished me, today I dream of you” Sun the First
Odysseas Elytis

Afitos (Athitos) of the painters, Athitos of the men who love and dream of it. Its characteristic location with a view to the Toronaios Gulf, the architecture of its houses, its benevolent and often “archaic” habitants. Athitos, is the third village in row after the isthmus of Potidaia, which lies there from about 3,000 b.c.Ancient Afytis was an important town of Pallini and it is mentioned by the ancient writers (Herodotus, Thoukidis, Xenofon, Aristotle, Pafsanias, Stravonas e.t.c). The alter of Xenofon (8th century b.c) and the temple of Ammon Zeus (4th century b.c.) contributed in making Athitos famous during these years. A prosperous town during the ancient and classic years.

Afitos (Athitos) had a dynamic participation in the revolution of the 1821 however with a lot of victims. After the Chaos the habitants of the village were scattered in various safer regions. Around 1827 the fugitives came back and Athitos was for many years the largest village of Kassandra. In the middle of the 19th century a great constructive activity was presented. In 1859 the church of St. Dimitrios was built. The church was built in the central square of the village, it was a wooden roof basilica with a dome and it was considered as the village’s “ornament”.The visitor should look at the unique architecture of the church, the old images and the stone anaglyph in the exterior part of the south wall. It is also worth visiting the big chapels that followed it. (1867 St. George, 1885 Assumption –St. Athanasios, St. Nikolaos).

The old stone-built houses with the inscriptions and the stone anaglyphs are very characteristic of Athitos. (1860 Katasanis, 1864 Papavasileiou, 1876 Galani, 1889 Aletras, 1898 Athanasiadis, e.t.c). The house of Aletras in the central square has been converted into a folklore museum. If you take the road from the square you will be leaded to Brahos, the balcony of the village, where you gaze Toronaios Gulf, Sithonia and Kassandra peninsulas. Then you go on Koutsomylos in the windswept acropolis of Athitos with a panoramic view. Athitos is efficient in rented rooms, hotels, taverns and restaurants with good food, coffee shops and bars. The visitor when walking in the stone paved alleys of Athitos, following Elytis in his Aegean walkabout can enjoy the calmness of the sea, in Barkes, in Pounta, in Liosi, in Dafni. Many cultural events take place during the summer. All these are organized by the habitants of Athitos and thus make Athitos a reference point for the tourist of Halkidiki.

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