Sithonia at a Glance


Halkidiki's second peninsula is the link between sophisticated Kassandra and spiritual Mt. Athos


HIGHLIGHTS

Beaches

Kavourotrypes, Vourvourou, Sarti, Tristinika, Kalogria and Lagomandra are just a few of the wonderful beaches that form the stunning mosaic of Sithonia’s coastline.

Tradition

History buffs and visitors looking for an authentic, traditional experience should visit the villages of Parthenonas and Old Nikiti, both offering excellent examples of Macedonian architecture.

camping

 

Sandy beaches, clear waters, pristine natural surroundings and lush vegetation that sometimes reaches right down to the sea, are but some of the reasons why Sithonia is a favorite among campers.

Resorts

The historic Porto Carras resort is a landmark of northern Greece; the high-end hotel experience can also be found at Ekies All Senses Resort and the luxurious Danai Beach Resort and Villas.

Neos Marmaras

This is probably Sithonia’s best-known village, popular among locals and tourists alike for its seaside tavernas serving fresh fish platters accompanied by ouzo.

Nature escapes

Explore Mount Itamos alone or take part in a “connect-with-nature” experience that includes hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Islet excursions

Little jewels of islands dot the coastline of Sithonia, such as Diaporos just off Vourvourou Beach, a great escape from the beach crowd.

Sithonia, the middle outcrop of the Halkidiki peninsula, is the link, or middle ground, between cosmopolitan Kassandra and the monastic retreat of Mount Athos. Its mild climate, pine forests and sandy beaches, as well as its smattering of lovely islets just off the coast, make it particularly popular with nature lovers and outdoorsy types. Located between the Gulf of Mount Athos, or Singitic Gulf, and the Toronean Gulf, Sithonia may have been named after Poseidon’s son, King Sithon.

The Sithones may have been Phrygians from Anatolia who united with a Thracian tribe. In ancient times, several cities grew powerful and prosperous in the region, including Parthenopolis, Toroni and Sarti. Among its many natural attractions, pride of place is held by Mount Itamos (or Dragoudelis), protected under the Natura 2000 network. In modern times, Sithonia (like Halkidiki and northern Greece in general) has been affected by numerous historical events, most notably the expulsion of the Greeks from Asia Minor in Turkey in the 1920s, which led to an influx of refugees who formed new settlements like the village of Neos Marmaras.

 

Endowed with traditional villages like Parthenonas and Palia Nikiti, beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts, Halkidiki’s second cape, or leg, has a wide variety of attractions that make it an ideal vacation destination.

 

 

SITHONIA MAP



Read More

Democracy

The Demagogues of Ancient Athens

The phenomenon of unscrupulous politicians stoking tensions in society for...


Editor's Pick

Your Seasonal Postcards from Greece

Holiday snaps aren't just for the summer; here are some...


Mainland

Road Trip Cavo D’Oro: Driving With the Wind on Evia

This route takes you through a rugged landscape of rocky...


Editor's Pick

Looking Down in the Height of Summer

Greece's most gorgeous and unique seascapes are even more impressive...


Greece Is Blog Posts

How Can Greece Become a Gastro-Tourism Destination?

BY Yiouli Eptakili

It’s about more than just taking a trip...

read more >

Leaving Room in Greece for Everyone

BY Greece Is

Labor Day, this year September 5, marks the...

read more >

Doing the Right Thing with the Parthenon Marbles

BY Greece Is

The UK newspapers have all been buzzing this...

read more >