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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Photo Credits: Yiannis Papadimitriou