The resort along the 4 kilometer strip of coastline between Nea Moudania and Nikiti is counted as being in Sithonia, although they are not on the actual peninsula. From the main, sometimes busy road, you don’t get much impression of their presence, and you usually have to turn off down the individual side roads to reach the resorts themselves which are located along the sea.
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Some web sites may cause confusion as to where Sithonia starts, often including villages that aren’t in Sithonia at all. For the purposes of this website, Sithonia actually starts just after the village of Metamorfosi, you’ll see the sign Welcome to Sithonia as you round the road. Nikiti is the first village of Sithonia and offers visitors beautiful sandy beaches and traditional stone-built houses. It is one of the oldest villages in Halkidiki while the beaches and the colourful successions of granite, pine trees and the sea satisfies those who love nature.
After Nikiti, you turn down into the peninsula of Sithonia proper, and the scenery just starts to unfold its ideal combination of blue seas and wild green vegetation. The road round the peninsula climbs quite steeply at times, and then sweeps down towards the sea through thick forests. From Nikiti you can choose either the right direction of the road which leads to villages facing Kassandra peninsula and Toroneos Gulf, or the left part of the peninsula which faces the imposing Athos peninsula and Siggitikos Gulf.
Following the road towards east Ormos Panagias is the first of the east coast resorts, a picturesque hamlet and tiny harbour. From there organised daily cruises to Athos depart. 4 km to the north is Agios Nikolaos with its old houses made of wood and stone and Pyrgadikia looking as though it belonged on an island. To the south of Ormos Panagias is Vourvourou a seasonal community and administratively it belongs to the village of Agios Nikolaos at a distance of 120km from Thessaloniki and 50km from Polygyros. The village is a long ribbon-like development running along the coast, with masses of trees and loads of new private villas built among them. Continuing south and before arriving to Sarti there are plenty of organised camping with the most famous being Armenistis located in one of the most beautiful beaches of Halkidiki.
Sarti is quite a sizeable resort by Sithonia standards. It has a long, sandy beach and clear view to Athos peninsula. Just behind the coastal resort, about 2 km from the main road, is the village of Sykia with its friendly and welcoming locals. To the southern tip of the peninsula, there is Kalamitsi with adequate camping facilities. One of the most attractive spots in Sithonia, reached by a stunning road curving through the mountain forests with the deep blue of the sea far below is the bay of Porto Koufo. The bay is almost completely enclosed by green hills with a cool clear sea. On the south of Porto Koufo, at the site of ancient Toroni, you can still see the ruins of the old fortifications dating back to antiquity and continually augmented up until Byzantine times, as well as the ruins of Early Christian basilicas.
Neos Marmaras is the next village, an enchanting cosmopolitan tourist resort one of the most notable resorts of Macedonia. It is built on hills and is surrounded by a beautiful pine-tree forest. To the East and to the West there are two long beaches with beautiful stretches of sand and clear sea which has been awarded with the European “Blue Flag”. The visitors’ shopping needs can be satisfied at the various shops of folk art, clothing, food etc., and at the various restaurants serving food of excellent quality and extremely fresh fish. For entertainment you can choose among a wide variety of bars, pubs, discos etc., which gather people from various places. On a slope of the hills, you can find the beautiful, old settlement of Parthenon, the buildings of which are preserved. To the east of Neos Marmaras the enormous cluster of hotels that is Porto Carras.