CASSANDRA - EMERALD BEACHES
Kassandra is the westernmost tip of Halkidiki, located near Thessaloniki and is connected by an impressive bridge at the entrance of the new Potidaea. The Kassandra peninsula is separated by the Potidaea canal, which offers a stunning panoramic view especially at sunset. sandy beaches in pine-covered areas that reach the sea while the locations look as if no one has stepped on it. It is characterized by its dense wild vegetation and its transparent waters. and are located in the areas of Afitos, Kallithea, Hanioti, Paliouri, Poseidi, Polychrono, Pefkochori, Kriopigi, Siviri, Sani and Potidaea.Travelers looking for something unique can explore the many unspoilt beaches of the area. More than 15 beaches with enchanting landscapes promise to make your vacation unforgettable.
It is one of the most developed tourist resorts in Greece and the well-organized tourist facilities of high standards, luxury hotels and many entertainment centers provide a pleasant environment. It is an ideal destination for both long holidays and short excursions. Its visitors are both from Greece and around the world who gather to admire its natural beauty. Important sights are the Byzantine monuments such as that of the Tower and the Agiasma of Agios Pavlos in Nea Fokea and the Temple of Poseidon in Poseidi. From the beach to Paliouri depart day cruises around the Toroneos gulf, while the area is also suitable for diving. Traditional settlements are decorated with traditional colors such as Afitos and Fourka while nature-loving hiking explorations are offered for those looking for an alternative such as Lake Mavrobara in Polychrono which is protected by international conditions, due to its special ecological interest.
Kriopigi is considered one of the most beautiful villages built amphitheatrically on a hill, above a picturesque cove with one of the best beaches on the peninsula. A train departs from Kriopigi which makes its way around the area. The cosmopolitan Kallithea is the most touristic settlement synonymous with entertainment with hotels, shops, restaurants, vibrant nightlife and sandy beach attracts thousands of visitors. Siviri is a village 9 km away from Kallithea, built amphitheatrically along the coast. During the summer months it is full of foreign and Greek tourists as it is also known for the Kassandra Festival which takes place every year in July and August in the large amphitheater outside Siviri. "Sani Resort" an area of special natural beauty, with the green reaching the white sandy beaches is a destination for residents and non-residents. The marina with the luxury boats, the branded shops and the restaurants give its cosmopolitan character.
Pefkochori is one of the largest villages of Kassandra that owes its name to the pine forest that exists around the village. The area combines modern tourist facilities with traditional color while there is a local market with a wide variety of shops for all needs. The settlement of Hanioti is considered one of the best holiday destinations in Halkidiki, due to the intense night entertainment, natural beauty and wonderful beach. Agia Paraskevi, which features a modern spa, offers relaxation and wellness services for all ages. In the area of Sani, one of the most beautiful villages of Kassandra, with many pines, a wonderful sandy beach and a magnificent view of the sunset, the Tower of Stavronikitas built in 1543 in order to protect the monastery of Stavronikita. Kassandria, a reference center for the Kassandra peninsula, stretches its borders from Fourka to Sani while it has many beautiful beaches and combines forest and sea. Agios Mamas is a village known for the great festival organized every year in early September opposite the church of Agios Mamantos and is the largest festival in Halkidiki.