After Marmaras and just before Porto Koufo, Toroni is one of the most beautiful settlements in Sithonia! Offering crystal clear waters and long stretches of beaches, the village enjoys a vibrant life in the summer, day and night. Should you answer the question: “How much would you like to rest during your holidays?” with a bold “none at all”, then visit Toroni and have fun till the morning!
“HALKIDIKI’S HIDDEN TREASURE”
On the foothills of mountain Itamos, on the southern end of the peninsula of Sithonia, at a distance of 56 km. away from Nikiti, we find Sykia, “embraced” by granite rocks, with 3000 residents and many guests. Its mysterious, “untamed” beauty, its virgin sea and beaches, the intense scent of tradition emanated by the settlement and human activity and the well-prepared dishes served in the taverns of the area will not leave you untouched. A visit to Sykia will freeze time and offer you the possibility of known Halkidiki’s hidden treasure, walking on the forest, discovering the legendary castle, seeing the renowned church of Agios Athanasios and gazing upon Mt. Athos.
Do you enjoy the idea of walking alongside Hungarians, Serbs, Bulgarians, Austrians and Englishmen on the same narrow streets while scent of jasmine fills the air? Are you fascinated by listening to languages you cannot speak, yet at the same time understanding that people are simply admiring the destination? Does the idea of having fun with everybody until the morning fill you with joy… where the first rays of the sun shall find you diving next to the granite rocks that for years now have “complemented” the magic up to the sea? If this is what you seek and desire then visit Sarti. Dozens of small tourist shops, taverns and seaside bars will at once put you on the frame of this summer photograph, while, at the same time offering you the opportunity to experience unique moments of joy and entertainment.
"THE LARGEST AND SAFEST HEAVEN IN GREECE"
Porto Koufo: this is the largest and safest heaven in Greece. Cited by Thucydides <Κωφός λιμήν>- its dimensions are: max. Length 1,600m., max. breadth 550 m., depth 8-23 μ., entrance opening 300m., entrance depth 5,5-33 m. On its steep and rocky coastline open caves, one of which, on the SE side of the entrance may be visited by boat. Another interesting cave is located again on the SE side of the port, at the peak of an incision from the old quarry. Visiting the cave today is almost impossible due to the incision. This cave served as worshiping grounds in the Roman era. Later, to purify the site, Christians painted distinctive red crosses on the roof of the cave. In Porto Koufo the visitors will be surely be bewitched by the sheer “wild” beauty of the landscape. They will forget for a moment that they are on vacation and shall imagine themselves as “leaders” of exploration expeditions!! Of course, fresh fish and local specialties await the leaders at the local, pleasant taverns while the view of the rocks will “steal your breath”. Porto Koufo is without a doubt the most unexplored and underdeveloped area in Halkidiki and all that remains is for you to take the brave decision to… explore it!
“EASY RIDERS BY THE RIVER”
A traditional rural area offers to its visitors with a chance to become acquainted with a “different corner” of Halkidiki. Ormylia is build next to the prehistoric settlement of Sermyli, “flirts” with River Havrias, is “lost” in the foliage of the olive trees, unsparingly offers local produce such as olives, olive oil, vegetables and fruits, “serves” coffee in the traditional paved square… Ride the horses of the Friends of Havrias Club, visit the Church of Agios Georgios (St. George), come close to nature in the beautiful courtyard of Sts. Apostles, visit the restored mill at the entrance of the village, and photograph the listed school that now houses the Town Hall. The heaven of Ormylia is the known, touristic Psakoudia. One of the cleanest beaches and sea in the Mediterranean, it is incorporated in the homonymous Programme and shall offer you experiences that you will treasure forever. Seaside bars, taverns and rooms to let with a view of the sea, Psakoudia is a holiday destination for all ages! Special sunsets with a view of the peninsula of Kassandra, pine trees that reach the beach, night diving alone or with company, choose Psakoudia and you won’t regret it!
"GANGWAY FOR FISHING AND TOURIST BOATS"
In the cove of gulf Sigitikos, between the peninsula of Sithonia and Pyrgadikia lies Ormos Panagias. The area is truly beautiful and you may moor here and tour the surrounding sights, after having tasted the local specialties served in the small charming taverns. Boats sailing along the coasts of Holy Mt. Athos depart from Ormos Panagias on a daily basis. Ormos Panagias is the port of Agios Nikolaos and is located at a distance of 4 km. away from it. It has taken its name from the church of Panagia which was first erected in the Byzantine Era. The present day church was rebuild around 1970. The previous one was an edifice dating in the 19th century, but had itself been erected on the site of a preexisting one. A French battleship was sunk in the bay in 1854, the ship transported the supplies for the revolutionary corps of Tsamis Karatasios.
“CANNOT BE MORE… CENTRAL!”
If you plan family vacations in a hospitable and well-attended to environment, then your choice to visit Nikiki, at the “heart of” Sithonia is more than right! The fresh fish served in the seaside taverns, but also sold directly from the fishing boat at the picturesque port, shall be unforgettable. Pure honey, the traditional dessert Ravani, fresh fruits from around the area, are all just some of the local produce you will find in abundance and at really affordable prices. Evening and nights strolls down the “old village”, meticulously restored by the residents, will take on a trip through time. If you prefer to stroll next to the breaking of the wave, Nikiti is, again, ideal, since the long stretch of its coast combined with the seafront promenade deck will surely make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Nikiti, or the center of the peninsula of Sithonia is without a doubt a very special destination!
“THE DIAMOND ON TORONE’S CROWN”
Amphitheatrically build by refugees from Marmaras in Asia Minor, Neos Marmaras in Sithonia is the diamond on the crown of Gulf Torone lending as it does thousands of twinkles on the sea before it from sunrise till sunset! Neos Marmaras is a modern rural city with an accentuated tourist character and wild night life in high decibels, offering to its visitors the magic of an island and the comforts of the mainland! Bank branches, dozens of small and larger shops, bars, nightclubs and cafeterias make time really fly by. In the morning you can swim in the calm, clean sea; at noon you can eat any the local, colorful taverns, then you can party all night and have a special breakfast at the cafeterias on the pier. Have your picture taken in the charming port, by the chapel located just above the sea and lending an Italian ambiance… Visit the Folklore Museum and take an oath that you shall come again, as time “stops” in the summer.
“ENDLESS VIEW OF TORONE’S GULF”
If you seek family holidays and you like the view of pine trees touching upon the beach, then Metamorphosi is the ideal destination for you and your family and friends. Build on a hill, beneath the Holy Monastery of Saint Arsenios, Metamorphosi unsparingly offers its beauty to you. The blue, clean sea, the well-attended to park for joyful children’s play, a sunset over Gulf Torone and picturesque taverns are just some of the… assets of the area! The rest you will have to discover yourselves and you will surely be amazed!