Sithonia, the second peninsula of Chalkidiki, is located between the peninsulas Kassandra and Mount Athos. Sithonia is surrounded by the Toronean Gulf at the east side and the Siggitic Gulf at the west. Was named to Sithon, son of the god of the sea Poseidon. Less populated is preferred by travellers who enjoy nature and tranquillity. Road infrastructure is not as well developed as a Kassandra, and no many places for entertainment, but a great place to escape from civilization.
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. When you visit Sithonia you will discover that every site you visit it will be very different from the next.
All the areas such Nikiti, Agios Nikolaos, Metaggitsi, Pirgadikia, Neos Marmaras, Parthenonas, Vourvourou, Ormos Panagias, Toroni, Porto Koufo, Sarti, Sikia will stay deep in your mind rewarding you with wonderful memories. A visit to these villages will fill you with a new experience and remarkable icons of the architecture, the pine filled beaches, the narrow side walks and the flower filled town squares with the island atmosphere.
Amongst the many worth seeing places in Sithonia is the cosmopolitan Neos Marmaras, the ancient city, the castle and the church of Agios Athanasios in Toroni, the windmills in Sikia and the 16th century church in Nikiti. Porto Koufo, is the largest and safest natural harbor in Greece, which is mentioned by Thoukididis as “hollow harbor” it appears to be the fishing spot in the area. South, from the harbors exit you will find Kartalia, the most southern part of Sithonia, a very impressive area which puts its visitors under a spell with its rocky secluded beaches.
Call this bag “symphony of green and blue” because of its rich vegetation down to the blue waters of the coast. Beaches are long and sandy for the most part absolutely bare, broken into smaller or larger bays. Water and other bags is crystal clear, transparent and peaceful. However, the very bottom of the beach is rocky and you should beware of sea urchins. Water is salty from the Black Sea and is much easier to stay on the surface. Sea bustling with life and if you take underwater goggles, you can see the passing of fish passages, small octopus and sea snail.
From the top of the highest peak, Mt Dragoudelis (811m), one can enjoy a magnificent view from of the whole of Sithonia peninsula, with the conical Mt Athos visible to the east and Kassandra to the west.