The best beaches, the most beautiful villages and everything worth seeing and doing in Kassandra.
The first leg of Halkidiki is the most popular destination of Halkidiki as every year it attracts a large number of visitors from various parts of Europe and beyond. The reasons to visit it vary since apart from its intense nightlife, the first foot is also known for its crystal blue beaches. If you like a lively life, you will be enchanted by Kallithea with a lovely beach, shops, as well as an imposing ancient settlement, with the Doric-style sanctuary of Amun Zeus, the sanctuary of Dionysus and the Nymphs and the small chapel of Agios Panteleimon with its interesting frescoes. On the southeastern coast of Kassandra, after Kallithea, follow the seaside and pine-clad villages of Kryopigi, Polychrono, Hanioti and Pefkohori.
Kryopigi, built amphitheatrically on the slope of a pine-clad hill overlooking the bay of Kassandra, there is the possibility of visiting Mount Athos, the cave of Petralona, Ancient Olynthos in this archaeological site you will see how the famous Hippodamian urban system was organized.
Pefkohori, respectively, is located in an area that could rightly be called an ecological paradise. It has established itself as one of the most remarkable resorts in all of Europe.
The southern part of the peninsula is dominated by the natural marina of Glarokavos, with its natural beauty, and at the southernmost end is the quiet rural village of Paliouri, famous for its local produce and pine forest.
Kassandria, the reference centre for the Kassandra peninsula, stretches from Fourka to Sani, has many beautiful beaches and combines forest and sea. There is the possibility for enjoyable walks and strolls to beaches such as those of Ai-Nikolas, Siviri, Stefanis or Kipsas. The well-developed settlements, in fact, such as Siviri, Elani and Sani offer hospitality, accommodation and all modern amenities. Indicatively, visit Sani, where you will find the most well-organized beach, Posidi and Kypsas to admire spectacular sunsets and indulge in watersports, the lonely Mola Kaliva beach to feel like a hermit.
On the beaches of the larger villages, in Glarokavos, on the wonderful sandy beach near Afitos, in Navagos and White Beach, in Paliouri, in Kallithea, you can enjoy, apart from diving, cocktails and fun until the early hours of the morning.
In the cave of Petralona
The stalactite-studded cave is located at the western foothills of Mount Katsika and at an altitude of about 300 meters above sea level. Traces of the habitation of archaic people about 700,000 years old were discovered there.
Afitos or Athitos is a traditional village, located in Kassandra, Halkidiki, just 83 km away from Thessaloniki. The village is built on a hill above the coast and overlooks the Toroneos Gulf. The architecture of the houses is characteristic as almost all the houses of the settlement are built with stone. All the above contribute so that one can find in Afitos the perfect balance between the natural landscape and the particular elements of the village. The history of the village goes back to 3000 BC as settlements with characteristics of that period have been found. Afitos developed as a member of the Athenian Alliance. In 348 BC it was completely destroyed by Philip II and has not been inhabited since. During the Roman Empire it experienced another great development mainly due to the monument of Ammon Zeus. The visitor also has the opportunity to admire the unique architectural church of Agios Dimitrios built in 1859 and located in the central square of the village, mansion houses and famous sculptures by Vassilis Pavlis. In the center of the village you will find the folklore museum which hosts various exhibitions of artists.
In summer Afitos is one of the best destinations in Halkidiki for many tourists. If you find yourself in Afitos on August 15, don’t miss the Panagia Festival, a traditional celebration with Greek music, dancing and food. However, throughout July and August there are artistic events taking place as part of the Afitos Festival. The sandy beach of Afitos stretches over a long length.
Afitos is located just 3 km from cosmopolitan Kallithea with its lively nightlife and is a good choice for your stay as the beaches of Sani and Nea Focaea are nearby.