Greece / Halkidiki / Sithonia

The second “leg” of Chalkidiki is called Sithonia. Sithonia is surrounded by the Toroneos and Singitikos Gulf. Beautiful forests of Sithonia overlook the sea waves from the mountain ridges. The highest peak - Itamos - is 811 meters above sea level. According to the legend, it was in the emerald grove of Sithonia where the god of the underworld Hades was able to entrap the beautiful Persephone. The name of the peninsula comes from the name of titanium Seaton - the son of Poseidon.

Delightful and wild nature of Sithonia attracts lovers of ecotourism. Many local beaches have won an honorary award - the Blue Flag. Once on these unspoiled beaches, you will forget about all the problems and enjoy the heavenly bliss in the bright sunshine. There is everything for active recreation: for example, annual yachting regatta. Diving enthusiasts may explore the local underwater world, while surfers will find their perfect wave.

Sithonia tours pass along the Likithos fortress and Christian relic - the church of St. Athanasius. You will hear fascinating stories from the tour guides during the tour on the ruins of the ancient city. You should visit one of the local fishing villages to explore the life of local residents and feel their hospitality.

The most famous tourist destinations of Sithonia are thriving Nikiti, Metamorfosi and Neos Marmaras.

The villages of Metamorfosi and Nikiti provide everything for a good rest on the beaches. In the evenings, you can walk along the shops, visit local tavern or restaurant, experience the nightlife of the peninsula, as well as enjoy the evening sunset strolling along the promenade.

In addition to the Church of the Assumption of the XIV century in Nikiti, there are interesting houses built in the 1830s. The pine groves, descending from the slopes and reflecting in the calm sea, give special flavor to the natural ensemble of the region.

The resort of Neos Marmaras is famous for a large hotel complex of Porto Carras, which initiated the development of tourism in this area. This is the busiest point of Sithonia today. Here you can play ​​golf or test your luck in the only casino in Northern Greece.

In ancient Sarti, they hold annual four-day festival with dance, theater performances and the opportunity to try the national cuisine. You can also visit the wine gardens, enjoy wine tastings and buy a bottle of local wine.

Porto Koufo is the quietest bay of Sithonia. You can make from here an unforgettable trip along the 9-kilometer coast.

Skala Sikias sandy beach will show the tourists an amazing fest - Descent of the Holy Spirit. This holiday is held on the peninsula annually. During the whole week residents and visitors can watch the parades, exciting theater performances, and even participate in the dance shows.