The first leg is named Kassandra and is full of popular tourist resorts, luxurious hotels, organized beaches and the most popular peninsula in Halkidiki. Kassandra is at the westernmost tip of Halkidiki, close to Thessaloniki. Entering into Kassandra makes an impression. In fact, the Kassandra peninsula is an island separated from the mainland by the Potidea canal, which offers a spectacular panoramic view.
Kassandra peninsula has beach options to suit all tastes.
There is an abundance of Blue Flag beaches in Kassandra.
The beach at Nea Potidea is also a popular Blue Flag option, with a pretty harbor to wander around too. The beach at Skala Fourka is narrow with perfect soft white sand and shallow waters ideal for paddling. There is also a wide choice of water sports available.
Kallithea beach – which aptly means ‘nice view’ – is one of the prettiest beaches on this peninsula. A large stretch of white sand is backed by pine and palm trees, while plentiful water sports are on offer here. There is also no shortage of tavernas, cafés and restaurants to take advantage of.
Nea Fokea is a small fishing village to the Kassandra peninsula in Greece, being an attraction for a lot of tourists, offers a unique beauty: isolated beaches, crystal clear sea and big pine-trees which almost reach the seawater.
The number of inhabitants of Nea Fokea is 1,500, but during the summer months, this number increases to 10,000. The village is developed enough to offer its visitors, luxurious hotels, camping sites and entertainment.
The traditional cafes and the famous sea-food tavernas with a view of the sea can satisfy even the most demanding visitors.
Worth it to see: Byzantine Tower, built-in 1407.
Busy Nea Poteidaia is home to a landmark canal where the ruins of ancient fort walls and a Doric tomb overlook fishing boats passing between the Toroneos and Thermaic gulfs. Coastal paths line both flanks of the peninsula, with lively bars and laid-back cafes on the east shore and traditional harborside tavernas serving seafood dishes to the west. Anemoni Beach has water sports by day and discos after dark.
Kallithea (translated 'good view') is located in the central eastern part of the Kassandra-peninsula.. There, you can find many stores like gold shops, fur shops, shoe stores, clothing stores, supermarkets, banks, post office, clinic, travel agencies, car rental offices, fast foods, restaurants, cafes, bars, and even go-kart racing. Kallithea covers all the needs of even the most demanding visitors.
In the center of Kallithea, you will find the Russian style Church of St. Panteleimon. Just below the hill, there is an archaeological site where the temple of Dionysus, the Nymphs, and part of Ammon Zeus and the altar area have been excavated.
Finally, Kallithea provides high-quality travel services and satisfies all its guests. If you like crowded areas, you should spend some days and nights in Kallithea. During the summer months, and especially on August 15th, the traffic in the area can become stifling. Kallithea is ideal for people who seek wild nightlife and parties!
During the day you can enjoy the crystal clear sea and the sun on the white sand and in the afternoon a magnificent sunset, one of the most beautiful in Greece, where the sun disappears behind Mount Olympus and the sea becomes visible in the colors of the sky.
Siviri is a village in West Kassandra which is 94 km away from Thessaloniki.
The Kassandra Festival that takes place at the Siviri Amphitheater is along with Festivals Sani the most famous artistic festival taking place in Halkidiki. Famous Greek and foreign singers, actors and musicians are organizing performances in the light of the summer moon.
The water on the sandy beach of Siviri is shallow and there are many Beach Bars, where you can relax and sunbathe, play racquets or beach volley, and have fun.
Afitos is a traditional village in Kassandra with an amazing view of Toroneos gulf.
The village has a long history as there is evidence of settlements from 3000 BC. Afitos, which was known as Afitios, is flourished as a member of the Athenian Alliance. In 348 BC it was destroyed by King Phillip II and was reoccupied later. During the Roman Period, it experienced a second major development probably due to the monument of Ammon Zeus.