peninsula of Halkidiki, Greece

Sithonia peninsula (Χερσόνησος Σιθωνίας) is in Chalkidiki.

Porto Caras hotel

UnderstandEdit

The narrow peninsula is also called the second "finger" of Chalkidiki. In the interior of Sithonia it is very mountainous, but the mountains are not as high as Mount Athos but much higher than those on Kassandra. Sithonia is not yet as well developed as Kassandra. Sithonia is more calm. The noisy discos that are typical on the neighboring peninsula are rare here. The hotels were built later and therefore the architectural is more sophisticated. Giant hotel complexes cannot be found here, with one exception: Porto Carras in the south of Marmaras on the west coast, which was built decades ago. Also, the beaches are not quite so overloaded here. Tourism and traffic in summer have increased significantly, especially due to tourism from Southeastern Europe.

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Get inEdit

In the south of Thessaloniki is the international airport ( SKG IATA). From here you can reach Sithonia within an hour. It is best to rent a car or go by bus. The roads to Sithonia are well developed. Until shortly after Nea Moudania you drive on the highway, then continue on a well-developed road. Getting there by bus from Thessaloniki you take the KTEL (KTEL) [formerly dead link] busses, which travels three times a day from the bus station in Thessaloniki to Sithonia. From the airport you should best take a taxi to the bus station. The bus goes around the peninsula and stops at any place.

Get aroundEdit

Sithonia is connected to the bus network of Halkidiki. There is a reliable timetable [formerly dead link]. At important bus stops the departure times are displayed but the buses often delay. When the bus arrives you also have to get up and wave, otherwise it will not stop.

The best way to explore the peninsula is by car or motorbike. The main roads are quite well developed, the signs in order. Only when you leave the main roads, it can be quite adventurous. Many are also traveling by bicycle here. But Sithonia is very mountainous and the routes are not suitable for inexperienced cyclists. And cycling is also not without danger, because many drivers, especially buses and trucks, hardly take account of cyclists.

SeeEdit

 
Vourvourou
  • The excavations of ancient Olynthos, with the oldest mosaics (5th c. BC) ever found in Greece.
  • The old traditional villages of Parthenon, Sykia and Nikiti.
  • The Porto Carras vineyard and wine cellar.
  • The Toroneos cross swimming race in July from Nikiti to Kallithea.
  • The ancient ruins of Toroni and its ancient harbour Porto Koufo.
  • The spectacular view of Mt. Athos from Kartalia cliff cape.
  • The thousands of goats grazing free on the mountains.

DoEdit

BeachesEdit

There are many and various beaches, and many small bays that invite you to swim.Nudist beaches, for which Sithonia used to be famous, are scarcely available during the season, except for few hardly accessible bays. The following have Blue Flag status: Armenistis, Platanitsi, Sarti, Sykia, Toroni, Porto Carras, Anthimou (Elia 2), Lagomandra and Makrya Lagada.

Northeastern SithoniaEdit

  • 1 Livrochio.
  • Trani Ammouda.
  • 2 Latoura.
  • 3 Lagonisi.
  • Talgo.
  • Livari.
  • 4 Vourvouru.
  • 5 Karidi.
  • Fava.
  • 6 Koutioumiusiu.
  • 7 Zografou.
  • 8 Bahia.
  • 9 Rodia.
  • Banana.
  • 10 Manassu (Akti Oneirou).
  • 11 Armenistis.
  • Dukina.
  • 12 Paradise.
  • 13 Megaportocali.
  • 14 Orange (Portocali).
  • Kavourotripes.
  • 15 Platanitsi.
  • 16 Achlada.
  • 17 Sarti.
  • 18 Platania.
  • 19 Goa.
  • 20 Agridia.
  • 21 Valti.
  • 22 Griavas.
  • 23 Sykia.
  • 24 Linaraki.
  • 25 Tourkolimmionas.
  • 26 Klimataria.
  • 27 Prassou.
  • Hawai.
  • 28 Kriaritsi.
  • 29 Kalamitsi nudist.
  • 30 Kalamitsi.
  • 31 Thalatta.
  • Mamba.

Southwestern SithoniaEdit

  • Marathias.
  • 32 Porto Koufo.
  • 33 Toroni.
  • 34 Destenika.
  • Tristinika.
  • Aretes.
  • 35 Azapiko.
  • Las Bandidas.
  • Poseidon.
  • Likithos.
  • Diapori.
  • Areti.
  • Panos.
  • Tonis.
  • Kohi.
  • Meliton.
  • 36 Neos Marmaras.
  • Paradisos.
  • Castelo.
  • 37 Lagomandra.
  • Mitari.
  • Elia.
  • Spaties.
  • Kalogria.
  • Koviou.
  • Agios Ioannis.
  • Kastri.
  • 38 Nikiti.
  • Metamorfozis.
  • Myrsini.
  • Pounta.
  • Prasou.

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