Beaches

Neos Marmaras

The beach of the village, on its left side, is sandy. It has restaurants and bars.

⇠ Thessaloniki 118km ⇠ Polygyros 54km

The town was founded in 1922 by refugees from the island of Marmara in Asia Minor. Until then the land had been owned by the Grigoriou Monastery of Mt. Athos. The history and tradition of the local people are symbolized by the boat Santala, which led the fishing fleet in their original home. The Church of Agion Taxiarchon houses the icons the original refugees brought with them from Asia Minor. Today Neos Marmaras is the most cosmopolitan of all the villages and towns of Sithonia, with hotels and rented rooms, camping sites, bars, cafes, patisseries, tavernas, ouzo bars and pizza parlours, clubs, bouzouki halls, supermarkets, wine shops, travel agencies, banks, folk art shops, clothes shops, a go-cart course and a health center. Just along the coast is a community known as Paradisos, presenting a sandy beach, rented rooms and tavernas. Just two kilometers south of Neos Marmaras is the big Porto Carras hotel complex.
Sightseeing
• A replica of the boat “Santala” can be seen in the town harbour.
• The “Tripotamos metochi” next to the road west of Marmaras, a building complex belonging to the Kastamonitou Monastery, built in the 19th century.
• The “metochi” of the Monastery Gregoriou, on the eastern boundary of Neos Marmaras. The church of the Assumption was built in 1865.
• Kelyphos island, 2 nautical miles from the coast, is a steep, rocky waterless island covered with pine-trees and wild olive trees. In Roman times there was a small installation on the northeast side on the small bay, probably a military installation.
• Porto Carras Grand Resort is one of the biggest hotel complexes in Europe. In the 1960’s the shipowner John Carras bought 4.250 acres and organized a unique tourist complex with 4 hotels, a private marina, a big conference center, a thalassotherapy & spa center, horse riding facilities, golf courses, tennis courts, football, valleyball, basketball facilities and 8 kilometers of crystal, sandy beaches.

✓ can’t miss this!
Visit the Porto Carras winery and taste the branded local wines.

Neos Marmaras Beach - Halkidiki - Greece
Neos Marmaras Beach - Halkidiki
Olympiada

Astonishing sandy beach with white, thin sand and a plane-tree forest, situated in front of the homonymous village. It has restaurants, taverns, bars and cafeterias, as well as facilities for water sports

⇠ Thessaloniki 91km ⇠ Polygyros 66km

Olympiada lies on the north-eastern coast of Halkidiki, on the road to the Athos peninsula. It was built by refugees from Asia Minor on the site of the ancient Stagira. At that time the location was known as Limbiada, because according to tradition it was here that Kassandros exiled the mother of Alexander the Great, Olympiada. The modern village, set in a natural harbour and stretching along a fine beach, is surrounded by green mountains and magical coastline, attracting large numbers of tourists the summer.
Sightseeing
• Ancient Stagira: Ancient Stagira located about 500 meters southeast of the current settlement of Olympiada, on a small, mountainous and beautiful peninsula called “Liotopi”. The city occupied the two hills of this peninsula, i.e. the coastal North and a greater South, which are separated by a low strip of land. The location of the city is known as the birthplace of Aristotle. The excavations in the region began in 1990. The most impressive piece that was brought to light is the wall, at the top of the hill that was built in the classic years.
• The privately-owned island of Kapros (or Kafkanas), opposite Olympiada at a distance of about 2 miles. Behind its port there are traces of a small settlement. One can see two water cisterns and the ruins of a structure which must have been a two-storey building, which -according to legend- was a church.
• An exhibition center with photographs, archaeological findings, and folklore items.
• Between Olympiada and the picturesque mountainous village Varvara, the 15m high Varvara’s waterfalls.

✓ can’t miss this!
Each year, at summertime (7 July), cultural events are organised here. The “Aristotelia” take place within the archaeological area, continuing this age-old feast.

Beach Olympiada - Halkidiki - Greece
Beach Olympiada - Halkidiki
PLATAMONAS

A very beautiful beach with a view of Olympus and the legendary Castle of Platamonas, combining sand and pebbles and clear blue sea, it has consistently been awarded the European Blue Flag of excellence. A particular feature is the rich vegetation surrounding the village.

The beach is supervised and is the perfect place for a family holiday, as well as welcoming all types of visitor who are looking to enjoy themselves. There is a harbour suitable for small craft at your disposal.

The Castle of Platamonas, a historic monument of the area, is the venue for theatrical productions, musical concerts and other cultural activities within the framework of the Festival of Olympus.

During the summer months our visitors are made to feel welcome at the great number of hotels and rooms available to rent in all categories, as well as the supervised campsites, of which there are many to be found in the area.

Restaurants, fish taverns, ouzeries, snack bars and other catering establishments offer the visitor a wide choice of dishes.

A great number of cafe-bars, refreshment bars, clubs and discos cater for the entertainment of out visitors from dawn to dusk and on into the night.

Situated 40 kilometres from Katerini, access is easy from the National Motorway E75 (Junction: Platamonas) and from the railway (Station: Platamonas).

 

http://pieria-tourism.gr/beaches.html

PLATAMONAS - PIERIA - GREECE
PLATAMONAS - PIERIA
Sykia

Sikia - Kriaritsi: Splendid sandy beach in a beautiful landscape with a view over the islets Skepes, Ahinoi and Petalida. 

⇠ Thessaloniki 152km ⇠ Polygyros 90km

One of the oldest villages in Halkidiki, and formerly known as Logos, once belonged to the Megisti Lavra Monastery -according to Athonite documents. There are various explanations of how the village came to be called Sykia. The first explains the name as meaning the ‘shadow (skia) of Athos’; the second interprets it as a corruption of Singos, name of an ancient city in the vicinity, and the third claims there was once an ancient fig tree (sykias) in the center of the village. This is a traditional village, with narrow streets and quaint old houses. There are rooms to be rented in Sykia and the surrounding area, as well as camping sites and tavernas much prized for their local meat dishes.
Sightseeing
• The old quarter of Sykia, where many neighborhoods remain as they were in the middle of the 19th century.
• The Church of Agios Athanasios, dating from 1819, which was twice burned down. Next to it you can admire the remains of the old school, built in 1870.
• On nearby Koukos Hill are the remains of a castle; excavations has shown that the area had been inhabited since the 11th century BC.
• The windmills on the long sandy beach of Sykia, built around the middle of the 19th century.
• The ruins of the church in Episkopi, a 20 minute walk south of Sykia.

✓ can’t miss this!
Swim at the amazing beaches of Kriaritsi and Kalamitsi.

Beach Sykia - Halkidiki - Greece
Beach Sykia - Halkidiki
GRITSA

A beautiful beach where sand, pebbles and deep blue sea come together in harmonious accord, holder of the European Blue Flag, this is the local beach for Litochoro. It is near to the mythical Mount Olympus and the Archaeological site and museum of Dion.

It offers visitors the chance of a relaxing holiday in excellent hotels, campsites and rooms to rent, with views both of the sea and Mount Olympus.

Fish taverns with their freshly caught fish are open for your pleasure from noon till night. Small craft can moor in the harbour and boat trips are available.

Gritsa is situated 16 kilometres from Katerini with easy access from the National Motorway (Junction Gritsa) and also by train. (Station: Litochoro).

 

http://pieria-tourism.gr/beaches.html

GRITSA  - PIERIA - GREECE
GRITSA - PIERIA
Possidi

This is a well organised, sandy beach, located in front of the homonymous settlement. It offers a great variety of restaurants and bars as well as facilities for all kinds of water sports. 

⇠ Thessaloniki 102km ⇠ Polygyros 65km

The village probably owes its name to the god Poseidon. Nearby is the headland on the western side of the peninsula which was known in ancient times as Poseidonio; the whole area belonged to ancient Mendi. There are hotels, rented rooms, beach bars, little tavernas and ouzo bars.
Sightseeing
• The ruins of the ancient sanctuary dedicated to God Poseidon.
• The lighthouse of Possidi cape, built in 1864.
✓ can’t miss this!
Take some photos by the lighthouse, the only building at the edge of the Possidi cape while waiting for the dolphins to show up in the sea!

 

Possidi Beach - Halkidiki - Greece
Possidi Beach - Halkidiki
Psakoudia

Α Sandy beach, with small fishing settlement, surrounded by pine-trees. It has restaurants, bars and facilities for water sports.

⇠ Thessaloniki 81km ⇠ Polygyros 19km

A seaside resort with hotels offering amazing sea view, rented rooms, tavernas, bars, mini-markets and shops.
Sightseeing
The village’s four kilometre long beach. The pine forest and the olive trees reach all the way down to the beach.

✓ can’t miss this!
Taste the olives and the honey made from the local producers.

Psakoudia Beach - Halkidiki - Greece
Psakoudia Beach - Halkidiki
Stratoni

Vina: Beautiful sandy beach, next to the peninsula Liotopi, after Stratoni. 

⇠ Thessaloniki 111km ⇠ Polygyros 63km

Stratoni, a coastal village built in the gulf
of Ierissos, numbers today approximately 1000 residents. In this region, ruins of the Roman Period have been found. The foundation of Stratoni as a constituted settlement dates back to the mid 19th century but has always had an unbreakable tie with the mining activity.
In 1932 the village was extensively damaged by an earthquake. In the following years, the village was almost entirely rebuilt from the start.
Sightseeing
An ancient war memorial, which was found in the region (1st century b.c.) presenting impressive statues, tomb, vessels, e.t.c, indicates the position were the city Stratonikia flourished. From this, two statues clearly stand out, a man’s and a woman’s (the woman has been named “Lady of Stratoni”), which can be admired in the Museum of Polygyros.

✓ can’t miss this!
The cultural events that the residence of Stratoniki organize, such as: Carnival festival, St Varvara’s feast which lasts 5 days (in beginning of December)

Beach Stratoni - Halkidiki - Greece
Beach Stratoni - Halkidiki
The coast of Pieria

The coast of Pieria is unique because of the vast expanses of sandy beaches that you can find there.

They extend for over 70 kms. from the resort of Nei Pori, skirting the fringes of the mythical slopes of Mount Olympus, right up to the village of Methoni and the wetlands surrounding the mouth of the River Aliakmonas.

Wide beaches of unspoilt natural beauty, with rich golden stretches of sand interspersed with pebbles and cool groves of pine, lead down to the peaceful blue waters of the warm inviting sea.

Here all the tourists needs are catered for: a cosmopolitan environment and a vibrant nightlife, a unique and complete summer resort with easy and safe access which offers visitors the opportunity to take in all the historical, ecological, rural and cultural sights of the county.

The coast of Pieria - Greece
The coast of Pieria
MAKRIGIALOS

With its sandy beach, awarded the European "Blue Flag", this seaside village is close to the Neolithic settlement of Makrigialos.

This settlement dates back to 5,000 BC and is one of the largest to have been found in Europe.

The hilly nature of the area, with its fine views of the Thermaic Gulf, and the combination of sea and peaceful landscapes offer the visitor an idyllic environment.

Makrigialos is home to one of the most important mussel "farms" in Greece, producing the greatest quantity and highest quality of this delicacy to be found here.

Here you will find more attractive fish taverns bordering the sea offering traditional cooking with local specialities such as oysters and mussels. There is no shortage of Hotels and rooms to rent for the visitor.

Situated 22 kms from Katerini, the region's capital, Makrigialos is accessible from The National Motorway E75 (Junction: Nea Agathoupoli), the Old National Road from Thessaloniki to Katerini (Junction: Makrigialos) and from the recently completed coastal road which runs from Olympic Beach (Katerinoskala) to Nea Agathoupoli.

MAKRIGIALOS - PIERIA - GREECE
MAKRIGIALOS - PIERIA - GREECE
Ammouliani island

Alykes: Beautiful sandy beach with a few trees.
Megali Ammos: A quiet beach with a beautiful landscape and a view over the rocky islets Drenia.
Agios Georgios: Splendid beach with sand and clear waters. There is a restaurant.
Karagatsia: Very quiet beach.
Kalopigado: Small lovely beach.
Nisakia: Tiny, quiet beaches on the northeast side of the island.

⇠ Thessaloniki 119km (to Tripiti port) 
⇠ Polygyros 57km (to Tripiti port)

This is the only island in Halkidiki with a permanent population since its formation. About 600 people arrived as refugees from Asia Minor after the catastrophe. Until 1925 Ammouliani was a dependency of the Vatopediou Monastery of Mt. Athos; two or three monks lived here to administer the monastery’s estates. The island has a surface area of 4.5km. There are hotels here, as well as rented rooms
and studios, camping sites, picturesque tavernas (serving fresh fish), cafes, bars, night clubs, supermarkets, etc. The island has wonderful beaches with picturesque bays. It can be reached by ferry from Tripiti and lies just two nautical miles from the coast.
Sightseeing
• The majestic church of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1865 on the island’s central square.
• The old shipyard or “Arsanas” is an important landmark of Ammouliani. It is a typical example of the distinctive architecture of Mount Athos, where the monks used to shelter their boats when the weather would not allow them to sail safely.
• The building of the old school (the oldest school in Halkidiki, dating back to 1871).

✓ can’t miss this!
The most beautiful beaches of the island are Alikes, Megali Ammos, Ai Giorges,
Karagatsi, Faka, Tsaska, Nisakia

Ammouliani island - Halkidiki - Greece
Ammouliani island - Halkidiki
LEPTOKARYA

Sandy beaches with fine pebbles and rich vegetation, a European Blue Flag holder, Leptokarya is situated on the edge of Olympus. Supervised and safe, it is suitable not only for families but also for every category of visitor.

It is near the settlement of Paleia Leptokarya and Ancient Livithra, site of the tombs of the mythical Orpheus and the Monastery of Kanalon (12th century).

Particularly during the summer months there is an excellent tourist infrastructure, with many hotels, guesthouses and rooms to rent in all categories.
Restaurants, fish taverns, ouzeries, snack bars and other places where you can feast yourself to your heart's content offer a wide choice of tastes for every visitor.

Many cafes, cafe-bars, refreshment bars, clubs and discos are there to take care of your pleasure and entertainment for the night. Every type of shop is available and you can purchase whatever you need in the many different shops at your disposal.

Situated 25 kilometres from Katerini, with easy access from the National Motorway E75 (Junction: Leptokarya) and the railway (Station: Leptokarya).

 

http://pieria-tourism.gr/beaches.html

LEPTOKARYA - PIERIA - GREECE
LEPTOKARYA - PIERIA
Pyrgadikia

Small beach, in front of the homonymous village. There are restaurants, taverns and cafeterias. 

⇠ Thessaloniki 97km ⇠ Polygyros 36km

The village lies on the northern coast of the Bay of Singos, the waters separating Sithonia from Mt. Athos. Also known as Agios Dimitrios, the village is built on an outcrop of rock. Its name is believed to be derived from a Phrygian word gordos, meaning town or city. It was founded by refugees from Afthoni in Asia Minor, in 1922. In the church of Panagia Kastrella you can still see the icon of the Virgin brought by the settlers that arrived from Asia Minor. According to an old story the Turks threw the icon into the sea, but it was later recovered by the local people inside a castle – hence the name Kastrella.
Explore the area some more and take the road from Agii Theodori to the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Here you can enjoy a panoramic view; the location was used as a lookout point by the Ottomans.
Sightseeing
• The church dedicated to Agios Dimitrios (St Demeter), built in the middle of the 17th century. It gave the village its second name.
• The tower dating from the 14th century AC in the area called Kambos, which was part of the monastery property.
• Remainders of a Byzantine castle among the village’s houses.

✓ can’t miss this!
Stop for lunch in one of the fish tavernas with build-in balconies offering amazing view to the sea and to the amphitheatre style village architecture.

Pyrgadikia - Halkidiki - Greece
Pyrgadikia - Halkidiki
SKOTINA

A beach with golden sand, awarded the European Blue Flag, at the foot of Olympus.

The historically interesting old settlement of Ano Skotina is nearby where houses built of stone dating from the 17th and 18th century can be found. You can visit the church of Agios Athanasios (14th century) with its unique wooden reredos and the church of Koimiseos Theotokos (1862), which is in the square of the village.

There is plentiful accommodation for the visitor with hotels, rooms to rent, campsites and the Greek Tourist Organisation campsite, which is one of the biggest in the Balkans. In the summer this is home to the new Balkan Music Festival with concerts, performances of dance and modern art.

The restaurants and hotels, ouzeries and snack bars, as well as other facilities for your relaxation will take care of all your gastronomic needs.

Situated 32 kilometres from Katerini, it is easily accessible from the National Motorway E75 (Junction: Skotina) and the railway (Station: Skotina).

 

http://pieria-tourism.gr/beaches.html

SKOTINA - PIERIA - GREECE
SKOTINA - PIERIA
Ierissos

The beach of the homonymous village is enormous and sandy. It has restaurants, taverns and cafeterias.

⇠ Thessaloniki 124km ⇠ Polygyros 50km

The main town of the municipal district of Aristotelis and one of the largest market towns in Halkidiki, Ierissos stands on the site of ancient Akanthos, a colony of settlers from Andros, and was first inhabited in prehistoric times. Its modern name is derived from the Latin ericius. It was a member of the Athenian Alliance. The town was burned down by the Ottomans in the 1821 uprising. The prytaneum of ancient Akanthos can be seen at the Ierissos archaeological site, and the Krounas tower is an impressive sight to visit. Modern Ierissos is a well-equipped resort, an ideal destination for unforgettable holidays.
Sightseeing
• The ruins of the castle and the Byzantine church: The only visible trace of Akanthos is a section of the ancient wall which has been excavated on the east side of the acropolis.
• The Tower of Krouna, approx. 2km west of Ierissos. It had a Byzantine fortification which protected the property.
• On the road to Nea Roda you will pass the Ierissos boatyards, where they build and repair fishing and leisure craft using traditional methods. Only timber is used and the skills are not formally taught but passed on from generation to generation.
• The dependency (metochion) of the Life-Bearing Spring, which belongs to the Monastery of Hiliandary.
• In May 2005 the town constructed an aquarium, where visitors can see a variety of fish and shellfish from the local waters, including gildhead, mullet, perch and lobster. The 40 cubic metre tank contains sea water continually renewed by a special pump connected to the sea.
• The amphitheatre and the Cultural Center are unique in Greece and project stereoscopic- 3D movies on a curved screen, housing also lots of exhibitions of great cultural interest.

✓ can’t miss this!
Walking through the bay of Ierissos you will locate the beach Kakoudia. Its main characteristic is some relief rocks which adorn its waters and sand.

Ierissos Beach - Halkidiki - Greece
Ierissos Beach - Halkidiki

Pages