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|THE SITHONIA PENINSULA IN CHALKIDIKI OR HALKIDIKI IN GREECE|
Sithonia is situated west of Athos and is the middle one of the three "fingers" in the south of the Halkidiki peninsula. The landscape is very rugged and mountainous here with small fishing villages and many, sometimes deserted, sandy beaches. The Sithonia Peninsula is a popular holiday destination for both Greeks and foreign tourists. The capitol of the peninsula is Nikiti. There are some interesting sites on Sithonia like the ancient city of Torini, which dates from the 8th century BC.
One of the most popular resorts is Vourvourou which is located in the northeast of the Sithonia peninsula at 120 kilometers distance of Thessaloniki en 10 kilometers south of the town of Agios Nikolaos. Here you will find a pretty nature, beautiful white sandy beaches and the most beautiful blue water. Vourvourou has about 150 permanent residents, but in high season the village attracts many tourists. You will find many shops, mini markets and there is plenty of choice in restaurants and accommodations.
In front of Vourvourou there are nine islands in the sea, making it a very picturesque sight. The largest one is called Diaporos island and it gives Vourvourou the optical illusion as if it is almost laying at a lake. The distance to the mainland is about 200 meters. In Vourvourou you can rent a boat that can bring you to this island - click here. This way you can explore the isolated beaches on Diaporos. A plot on the island is for sale with permission to put some kind of construction on it (for instance a hotel), but the rest of the island is a protected nature reserve.
North of Vourvourou you can find the harbour of Ormos Panagias, which arose around an old church. It is seen as part of the town of Agios Nikolaos, but located a few kilometers south of it. Ormos Panagias is a fairly important port from where the boats leave to make an excursion to the Athos peninsula and its monasteries. In the village there are quite a few accommodations and restaurants and there is a sandy beach.
Karidi beach is the best known beach of Vourvourou, but there are many more beaches and coves in the area (take a look at the special Vourvourou page by clicking on the blue link above). Because the sea is usually pretty quiet and because it is shallow almost everywhere, the area is very much suitable for families with small children. Because there are so many trees in the area and often pine trees grow on the beaches you can find some shade on as good as all the beaches. The beaches in Vourvourou are unspoilt and not organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. Some accommodations that are situated directly at the beach front have put some facilities for their guests on the beach though.
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The largest town on the Sithonia peninsula is Neos Marmaras. This city is located on the west side of the island at about 125 km away from Thessaloniki. Most of the inhabitants of Neos Marmaras originate from refugees that came here from the Turkish island of Marmaras in 1925. Off the coast of Neos Marmaras lies the uninhabited islet Kefylos. There are about 3,000 permanent residents in the city, but during the tourist season, the number of people in Neos Marmaras is a multiple of that. The main industry in Neos Marmaras is tourism and the town is the home of many, sometimes quite large, accommodations. There is plenty of choice in restaurants, bars and discotheques.
Neos Marmaras has several large and small sandy beaches and coves in the area, which are mostly organized by sunbeds and parasols. You can enjoy various water sports. In many places the pine trees grow as far as the beach.
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The resort of Porto Koufo is situated in a bay in the southwest of the Sithonia peninsula, about 145 km away from Thessaloniki. This bay is the deepest natural harbour in Greece. In World War II the port was used by the Germans for their submarines. The submarines have gone and their place is now again occupied by yachts, fishing boats and sail boats. In the harbour of Porto Koufo you find places to eat, shops, mini-markets and a number of small-scale accommodations.
In the vicinity of Porto Koufo there are several caves that you can go and explore and in front of the coast at about 20 meters depth there is an old Turkish pirate ship. Around Porto Koufo there are several small pebble beaches, but the sea everywhere is quite steep, so they are not really suitable for families with small children. The beach of Porto Koufo itself is a long stretched narrow sandy beach. The nearest large sandy beach can be found five kilometers north of Porto Koufo in a town called Toroni.
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Toroni has about 250 permanent residents and is also a favourite holiday destination. Excavations have shown that the area was already inhabited in the Stone Age. It is believed that the town was founded in the 8th century BC by people who came from the town of Halkida on Evia island. On a peninsula just outside the town is the ancient Toroni with the ruins of the ancient Lecythus castle and the remains of an acropolis and an ancient city. You will also find the Agios Athanasios church from the 5th century in Toroni. The town of Toroni today is especially popular due to its 2,5 kilometer long sandy beach with yellow sand, and a small palm grove. On the beach there are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. Along the beach there is a road where you find most accommodations, shops and restaurants.
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Sarti is a coastal village which is located on the southeast side of the Sithonia peninsula, about 140 km away from Thessaloniki. It is named after the ancient city of Sarte that stood in this area in the classical period. There are still some remnants of a reinforcement and of the old town south of Sarti towards the direction of Sykia. Modern Sarti developed around 1922 when immigrants from Asia Minor settled here as immigrants because of the Turkish-Greek war. Nowadays Sarti is one of the main holiday destinations in Sithonia. There is a beautiful view of the Athos peninsula. Besides the main beach there are several smaller bays in the area. On the main beach you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas. Tourism has therefore become the main branch of industry here.
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The old town of Sikia or Sykia is situated about twenty kilometers south of Sarti. The distance to Thessaloniki is about 160 kilometers. The town is one of the oldest in Chalkidiki and is home to about 2,000 people. The beach of Sikia, Paralia Sikia, is about 3 kilometers away from the old town itself, which lies further inland. Here on the coast you will find several sandy beaches. There is a camping site and there are several options for accommodation.
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|Ta Petrina in Vourvourou, Chalkidiki, Greece - very good reviews|
Offering a shared pool and a children's pool, the stone-built Ta Petrina are 200 metres from the nearest beach. They feature self-catering accommodation with views over the pool and free WiFi. Opening to a furnished balcony or a patio, all traditionally decorated and air-conditioned apartments of Petrina have 1 or 2 separate bedrooms. Each consists of a living room with flat-screen, satellite TV and a kitchenette or kitchen with dining table and mini fridge. Some are split level or include a washing machine.
Guests may relax at the sun terrace by the pool or enjoy the BBQ facilities. A well-tended and spacious garden surrounds the property. Several shops and a supermarket for the general supplies can be found within proximity. Nikiti Village is approximately 15 km away and Thessaloniki International Airport is located 103 km from the property.
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|Fillis House in Vourvourou, Chalkidiki, Greece - very good reviews|
Set amidst a lush 6,000m2 area, full of olive and pine trees, Fillis House is located in Vourvourou of Chalkidiki, within a 3-minutes' walk from the beach. Consisting of two buildings, the guest house offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi. BBQ facilities are available. The air-conditioned units of Fillis are elegantly decorated with modern furnishings and feature anatomic mattresses. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette and a bathroom. They all feature a private balcony, while some of them enjoy garden or sea views.
Staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange car and bicycle rental and can provide information on excursions in the area. Transfer from and to the airport can be arranged upon request and upon extra charge. Fillis House is located 100 km from Thessaloniki Airport and 28 km from Neos Marmaras. The village of Agios Nikolaos is at 13 km, while guests can find a variety of restaurants and mini markets within 400 metres to 1 km away. Free private parking is possible on site.
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|Thalassokipos in Vourvourou, Chalkidiki, Greece - very good reviews|
Enjoying unobstructed views over the small islands of Vourvourou, Thalassokipos is amphitheatrically built on the side of a small hill. It offers self-catering accommodation with panoramic views of the sea and the area's breathtaking scenery. The air-conditioned units have balconies or direct access to the garden. All have kitchenette facilities, and are equipped with a satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
At the edge of the hotel's grounds, 80 metres away, there is a small, sandy and secluded beach, whilst the area's other beaches are located nearby. A café bar is available on site. Reception staff are available 24 hours a day, and can assist you with car and bicycle rentals. Airport transfer can also be arranged for a surcharge. Secure private parking is available on site.
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|George & Sia's House in Neos Marmaras, Chalkidiki, Greece - very good reviews|
Only a short walk from the sandy beach of Paradeisos, George & Sia's House enjoys views of Toroneos Gulf, surrounded by a flowered garden. It features self-catered accommodation with free WiFI. Beach umbrellas and mats are provided. All air-conditioned studios open to a balcony with outdoor furnishings and a sun umbrella offering garden, mountain and sea views. Their kitchenette is equipped with cooking hobs, a mini fridge and coffee maker. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an iron and a hair dryer are included.
Guests staying at George & Sia's House will find taverns and shops within a short walk. The centre of the lively Marmaras is 5 minutes away on foot. A bus stop is available at 450 metres, from where free pick-up is provided. Free parking is possible on site.
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