Places and Beaches to visit during your stay
While you are visiting the area of Sithonia you will have the chance to admire endless magical landscapes, golden beaches, secluded beaches, covered in green valleys and forests, fish villages, but also the magnificent architectual structure of houses and churches. Only in Sithonia you can enjoy the unique beaches with the perfect combination of green and blue as the pine trees reach the sand and waves.
Parthenónas lies five kilometres above Néos Marmaras at a height of 350 metres. It is the only preserved village on the Sithonia peninsula and counts as one of the most beautiful mountain villages of north Greece. It was totally deserted for many years. The villagers preferred to move to the economically prosperous refugee settlement of Néos Marmaras, which was created in 1923. The houses in Parthenónas fell into disrepair but, nevertheless, the architectural unity and the rural charm remained. At the end of the 1970s, the village was ‘rediscovered’. Most of the two-storey houses, made of unplastered stone, found new owners.
Kalogria is a sandy beach located about 5km from Nikiti, on the road to Neos Marmaras. It is the first beach on the west side of Sithonia that is at the foothills of Itamos which is the mountain of Sithonia. This is why the beach is surrounded by so many pines and rocks, setting a definite Sithonia scene. The water is clear and warm; the sandy beach is long and easily accessible by car, motorcycle or bicycle. There are at least two bars on the northwest side of the beach, offering cool drinks and snacks. It is also a diving spot.
Kavourotripes goes by many names, such as Orange beach or Portocali (which means orange). Kavourotripes means little crab holes and that perfectly explains this part Sithonia‘s coastline. For some kilometres, there are small sandy coves scattered throughout the coastal rocks and cliffs.
Some beaches are a little larger like the main Portokali beach which takes its name from the beach bar. Others are unknown as they are difficult to find. The area can get crowded in summer as it is a popular destination. Tourists come in busses and on boat tours and also to camp. Many people also relax on the sandstone that has been worn smooth from years of weathering and erosion.
An Orthodox spiritual centre since 1054, Mount Athos has enjoyed an autonomous statute since Byzantine times. The 'Holy Mountain', which is forbidden to women and children, is also a recognized artistic site. The layout of the monasteries (about 20 of which are presently inhabited by some 1,400 monks) had an influence as far afield as Russia, and its school of painting influenced the history of Orthodox art.
Going further to the south of Sykia on the eastern part of Sithonia, you will notice a change in the terrain morphology. The place becomes harsh with less trees and abrupt rocks colliding with the waves of the Aegean.
Rather unexpectedly, there is one last great beach there, at the southern tip of Sithonia. It is Kalamitsi. Kalamitsi is a place of exceptional beauty. Rocks and low vegetation are dominant, however there are also trees. The sea is green-blue as always and the sandy beach is embraced by white rocks. The natural environment reminds that of the Aegean islands further to the south but it is distinctive in its own way. Kalamitsi is a big bay made of three smaller bays. The south bay has a longer beach. There is a camping site there, so entrance is through it. The middle bay is where the most of the hotels and apartment houses are. The northern bay is isolated from the rest. They call it the nudist bay, not without reason.
This is one of the most well-known beaches of Sithonia. Located about 7km north of Neos Marmaras and 13km south of Nikiti, Lagomandra is a place of true natural beauty. The beach is over 1km long and it is divided in three parts by two little rocky capes. The southern part of Lagomandra is longer and, inevitably, most popular to the visitors. Along the beach there is a pine tree grove which offers its shadow during the hot summer months. The middle part of the beach is the main swimming area of the hotels that offer accommodation in the area. The north part of the beach is less crowded. Mostly visitors from the nearby apartment villas swim there. Everywhere in Lagomandra, the sea water is excellent and the sea-bottom is sandy and clean.