Halkidiki – Three peninsulas, many experiences
While in Halkidiki don’t miss the chance to visit the old and traditional villages. They are mostly located on the mountainous side, not far from the sea. In this article we will refer to the most significant old towns that worth a visit.
Old village of Nikiti
A perfect example of a typical Macedonian village is the old Nikiti in Sithonia – a 700 years old settlement. A gem hidden inside a ravine on the hills above modern Nikiti, where mostly people go for the sun and the sea. The narrow streets and the beautiful houses of the old Nikiti will immediately travel you through time! Most buildings are aged from the mid-19th century to the thirties in the 20th century. They are now in perfect condition while having been recently renovated. Take your time to stroll around and to observe the architecture of the buildings and the streets. Find there some tasteful cafes and restaurants and enjoy a coffee or a meal under the refreshing shadow of a plane tree!
The name Parthenonas is mentioned in documents from 10th century and was rediscovered in the 70’s, when it was found abandoned. This historical village is situated at an elevation of 350 m, about 6 km outside Neos Marmaras in Sithonia. If you are looking for some adventure, then this place can easily keep you entertained for plenty of time. Enjoy the surrounding hiking trails through the olive groves and while you hike up the mount Itamos, stop to take pleasure of the view of Mount Athos on the east and Mount Olympus on the west! Or have a lazy afternoon coffee or an ouzo at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the spectacular view of the Toroneos Gulf and the Kelyfos island. A perfect refreshment after a hot day at the beach!
Visit Arnaia – a traditional small town which was built at Holomontas mountain at an altitude of 600 meters – to see well preserved traditional Macedonian mansions and villas. The Mansion of Arnaia, which nowadays hostess the Historical and Folklore Museum, and the old school, built in 1872 next to the church of Agios Stefanos, are the main attractions of this town. During the summer guests can enjoy a large number of festivals and traditional events, focused chiefly on Byzantine music, weaving and bee-keeping. A different view of Halkidiki, that will complete your impressions!
Afitos is located in Kassandra in the first peninsula. Despite the fact that Afitos is so close to some of the most cosmopolitan resorts in Halkidiki, like Sani, Kallithea and Nea Potidea, you get the feeling that you are on an island! This is because you can find here originality, and along with the fantastic view of the Toroneos Gulf, the picturesque small streets, the award-winning restaurants and bars and the amazing sea, Afitos gives the impression of something different and unique.