Want to leave the crowds behind and get back to nature? Then the rugged, mountainous, dramatic landscape of Sithonia - Halkidiki’s middle peninsula, situated between Kassandra and Mount Athos - has an alluring, untamed beauty that is popular with lovers of peace, quiet and the great outdoors.
A symphony in green and blue
Sithonia is a symphony in green and blue with its valleys and pine forests, picturesque fishing villages and azure skies. It’s also famed for its golden beaches, such as Portokali, Azapiko, Tristinika and Korakas. And once you’ve climbed Mt Dragoudelis, its highest peak, you’ll be rewarded with a sublime view over the entire area - and the stately, neighbouring Mount Athos, of course.
Get away from it all
Many locations in Sithonia can have a secluded feel, but more and more tourists are discovering this delightfully pretty peninsula. There’s certainly a lot to see and do.
Nikiti is a must-see, with treasures including the 5th century Sofronios Basilica and a beautiful old town with its church of St Nikitas. Nikiti’s magnificent beach, meanwhile, is one of the longest in the whole of Greece.
You can sit and watch the world go by with a coffee or an ouzo in Agios Nikolaos, on the eastern coast, with its narrow streets and white-washed houses; while the nearby port of Ormos Panagias (meaning ‘the harbour of Virgin Mary’) makes a great jumping off point for boat trips and cruises.
Kalamitsi and the area around Sarti are great for scuba diving; the tourist centre of Neos Marmaras is a shopping nirvana; and Porto Koufo has one of largest natural harbours in Greece. For something a bit different, see the old windmills and ruined castle in Sykia and then put its reputation for great seafood to the test.
Strict planning laws mean that Sithonia can’t be over-developed. So, even in the middle of summer, this is the perfect place to explore and get away from it all.