2012 Blue Flags: Greek Beaches and Marinas Rank Second in the World

394 Greek beaches and 9 marinas made it second place of the international “Blue Flag” award. With that great number of beaches, Greece succeeded in ranking second among 48 countries across the world one more time, as usual during the past years.

Halkidiki won a total of 35 Blue Flags, they are;

Municipality Aristotelis

Ierissos/Dimotiki 1

Ierissos/Dimotiki 2

Ierissos/Dimotiki 3

Kampoudi 1

Kampoudi 2

Kampoudi 3

Ouranoupoli 1

Ouranoupoli 2

Ouranoupoli 3

Agios Pavlos

Porto Agio

Nea Roda 2

Stratoni

Kampos

Municipality Sithonias

Sarti 1

Sykia

Toroni

Armenistis

Platanitsi

Porto Carras 1

Porto Carras 2

Elia 2

Makria Lagada

Lagomandra

Marmaras C

Livrochio 1

Marmaras B

Municipality Kassandras

Sani 2

Kryopigi 2

Kryopigi 4

Fourka

Polichrono 3

Chanioti 3

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Halkidiki Easter Competition – Win 3 nights B&B

WIN 3 NIGHTS BED & BREAKFAST in our NEW EASTER 2012 COMPETITION!

The prize, which is 3 nights in a double room including breakfast has been kindly offered by our friends at the Hotel Decauville in Gerakini.
The Hotel Decauville consists of 14 modern rooms, all with a view to the sea and are equipped to accommodate, ensuring you of a comfortable stay. The equipment includes air conditioning, television TFT, fridge, hairdryer and wireless Internet access. A rich breakfast buffet every morning is waiting for you and a refreshing drink or a coffee at the Decauville café-bar will allow you enjoy your stay to a pleasant environment.
For more information on the hotel, please take a look at their website: http://www.hoteldecauville.com/
The winner can choose any date between May and September.

TO ENTER:
Simply LIKE our Facebook page and then tell us what the hotel’s name “Decauville” is in reference to!

Send your answer by the new Facebook Message system on the main page, it’s easy.

The competition will run until April 15th which is Easter Sunday here in Greece.
The winner will be picked at random from all the correct entries.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Earthquake in Halkidiki

At 03:34 on the morning of the 14th February seismic activity was detected at a magnitude of around 5.2

The epicenter of this earthquake was located in the sea, between the Sithonia and Athos peninsulas. There are no reports of damage and so far there have been 39 aftershocks during the day, most have been around a magnitued of 2.0
The effects were felt throughout Halkidiki and even as far as the outskirts of Thessaloniki

You can view a live map of earthquakes as they happen here: http://www.geophysics.geol.uoa.gr/

Experts say that this quake is not an isolated incident of concern but are monitoring the activity.

Seismic activity in Halkidiki is a regular occurrence, most are small and rarely ever felt. Greece is in one of the world’s seismically active areas, with hundreds of quakes occurring each year. The vast majority cause no injuries.

Northern Greece
Plate Boundaries

The earth’s lithosphere beneath the eastern Mediterranean constitutes a broad boundary region between three major tectonic plates, the Eurasia, Africa, and Arabia plates. The motions of the major plates drive smaller plates, and it is the shapes and motions of these smaller plates that determine the locations and focal mechanisms of most earthquakes in the region.

Most shallow earthquakes in central and northern Greece (depths less than 50 km) result from interaction between the Eurasia plate and the small Aegean Sea plate, which is moving southwest with respect to the Eurasia plate with a velocity of about 30 mm/year. The boundary between the Aegean plate and the Eurasia plate in central and northern Greece is diffuse. Seismicity is concentrated in east-trending and northeast-trending zones of deformation. The east-trending zones are most prominent in mainland Greece, are characterized by predominantly normal faulting, and have produced earthquakes with magnitudes of about 7. The northeast-trending belts are characterized by predominately strike-slip fault earthquakes. A northeast-trending zone of predominantly strike-slip earthquakes occurs off the west coasts of Cephalonia and Lefkada, western Greece, and other northeast-trending zones occur beneath the Aegean Sea east of the Greek mainland. In the twentieth century, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 occurred on a northeast-trending strike-slip fault beneath the northern Aegean Sea.

The Africa plate subducts beneath the Aegean Sea plate along the Hellenic arc, from the western Peloponnesus through Crete and Rhodes to western Turkey, at a rate of almost 40 mm/year. Intermediate-depth earthquakes (depths greater than 50 km) occur within the northward dipping Africa plate in the mantle below central Greece, beneath the overriding Aegean Sea plate. Intermediate-depth earthquakes typically cause less damage on the ground surface above their foci than is the case with similar magnitude shallow-focus earthquakes, but they are sometimes felt at greater distances from the epicenter.

A belt of shallow-focus seismicity along the western coast of Greece to the north of Lefkada, and extending north along the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula, is characterized by reverse fault earthquakes occurring in response to northeast-southwest crustal convergence. This zone produced an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 in 1979, centered beneath the coast of Montenegro.

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January 2012 Halkidiki Visitor Statistics

The first month of 2012 has been a very busy month for our go2halkidiki.net website, which must mean only good things for Halkidiki in 2012!

As always, we check our website visitor stats to gauge how busy the coming season might be, and again, like last year, the visits are up again which is great news!

The figures for January 2012 compared to January 2011 are:

Unique (first time) visitors:↑ UP by 148%
Overall Visits:↑ UP by 144%
Pages of the website viewed:↑ UP by a massive 482% 

We’re very happy with these figures and look forward to seeing another increase in February!

Don’t forget, we’ve got our brand new ACCOMMODATION GUIDE to launch very soon!!!

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New Accommodation – Parea Kalamitsi (Sithonia)

Parea KalamitsiNew Accommodation in Kalamitsi – Sithonia!!!

In our ongoing quest to find you new and different places to try in Halkidiki, we bring you the ‘Parea Kalamitsi‘ guesthouses in Sithonia which includes long term rental for anyone wanting to stay that bit longer.

The ‘Parea’ complex is located in the beautful area of Kalamitsi on the Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki, just 17km from Sarti and 14km from toroni and consists of 5 guest houses which can accommodate up to 8 people each.

The guesthouses sit just 300 meters from the sea and are surrounded by ancient olive groves while the hills are covered with wild shrubs including thyme, oregano and in the spring wild chamomile and a multitude of colourful flowers giving the area unique fragrances and colour.

The beach at Kalamitsi is crystal clear and perfect for families. You will also find a number of bars, cafes and restaurants just a few minutes walk away.

Each guesthouse is designed to make you feel at home and comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, a living room with TV, a dining room, WC, bedroom with double bed and adjoining veranda on the ground floor.
The first floor comprises of a second bedroom with double bed leading to a personal balcony, a hallway, bathroom with shower cabin, washing machine and a second balcony with pergola.
The second floor is comprised of a naturally illuminated loft with 2 single beds and a separate bathroom with a shower cabin.

Each building also includes air-conditioning/heating on all floors, a private BBQ area and cleaning services.

The shared gardens include a children’s play area, beach volley set and private car parking space.

Full information and booking details can be seen here: http://parea-kalamitsi.go2halkidiki.net/

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Halkidiki Christmas Competition

09/12/2011 17:00to30/12/2011 22:00

We are very pleased to announce our very first competition!

This special Christmas 2011 competition is open to everyone and has been made possible by our friends at the Seaview Apartments in Nea Potidea.

The prize….

A 3 night stay for 4 people at the Seaview Apartments anytime between the 1st January and the 30th June or anytime after the 25th August 2012.

The Sea View Hotel/Apartments is set within its own spacious grounds just 50 meters away from a sandy beach. The hotel consists of 8 apartments. 1 sleeping 6 people, 6 sleeping 4 people and 1 studio for 2 people. All apartments/studios come complete with living room, shower/wc, kitchen, fridge, A/C, satellite TV, free wireless internet and large balconies. All customers have free use of sunbeds/umbrellas for the beach. Airport transfer is also available.

Visit http://www.halkidiki-seaview.com for full details.

Enter the competition…

To enter the competition, simply answer this question;

The village of Nea Potidea (New Potidea), as it exists today was founded by refugees from Eastern Thrace in what year?

A) 1914
B) 1920
C) 1922
D) 1926

* Hint – the answer isn’t hard…it’s on our main website ;-)

Email your answer, either A,B,C or D to competitions@go2halkidiki.net with the subject Christmas Competition

All correct answers will be collated and the winner will be chosen at random.

Closing date for all entries is the 30th December and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on New Years Eve.

We will notify the winner via the email address given in the entry.

Now, some information on the village…

History;

The history of Potidea, which existed on the spot, goes back to the early 7th century B.C. when it was a Corinthian colony. The place held a strategic position in ancient times.
In 1960, archeologists discovered the bones of a young girl believed to have died almost 700,000 years ago. These are the oldest skeletal remains ever found in Greece.

Notable locations in the area include the remains of the castle in which the rebellious islanders barricaded themselves in 1821. Another important tourist destination is the church of the Taxiarches founded in 1591. The church is dependent on Mount Athos and the Dochiariou monastery. Others come to see the marble statue of Aristotle, built in memory of the philosophers born in the nearby village of Stageira.

Ancient Potidea was founded in 600 BC on the saddle of the Pallini Peninsula. As the name of the city denotes, its patron was Poseidon. During the expedition of Xerxes against Greece in 480 BC, the city was defeated following a siege. However, a year later it gathered forces and resisted the siege of Artavazos. In the same year, it was the only city of Macedonia which, along with other Greek cities, took part in the battle of Platees.

Its history goes back a long way in the depths of the centuries. Potidea was a member of the first Alliance between Athens and Delos. It seceded from the alliance in 432/1 BC with the support of the Corinthians and King Perdikas II. In 431 BC, after the siege by the Athenian general Kallias, it was subjugated and subsequently forced to take in settlers from Athens. When the Peloponnesian war was over, Potidea was freed from the domination of Athens and received a second wave of Athenian settlers in 362/1 BC. In 356 BC, it was ruined by the king of Macedonia, Philip II and was turned over to the Olynthians.

In 349/8 BC the city had the fate of the other cities of Chalkidiki, that is, it became part of the Macedonian Kingdom.

After a period of desertion of about 40 years, in 316 BC, Kassandros built on the site of Potidea a new city, which was named after him, Kassandria. In the following period until the taking of Macedonia by the Romans (168 BC), Kassandria developed into one of the most powerful cities of Macedonia. It was almost certainly during this time that the canal was opened up, which facilitated navigation and boosted trade and economic development.

In 168 BC, the city came under Roman rule and flourished a new. Potidea’s decay is linked to the invasions of the Huns, who invaded Macedonia in 540 AD. Consequently, despite Justinian’s efforts in the 6th century AD, the city was completely deserted, according to historical sources. Its castle, being of great importance for the security of the whole peninsula, was repaired by Ioannis VII, Paleologos, in 1407 and later by the Venetians. In 1430 it came under Turkish domination.

With the Greek Revolution of 1821, the old fortification was repaired and reused, while in the same period the new cutting of the canal was made.

In 1821, the revolting people of Chalkidiki entrenched themselves in the castle. They fought hard until the ”turmoil of Kassandra“, the well-known “holocaust” which is commemorated with big official celebrations every year on its anniversary, November 14.

Why go there?

Nea Potidea is an attractive place for holidays with many tavernas and an important harbor. There are many restaurants, bars, super markets, and several stores. In the village live around 900 inhabitants and it is only 57Km from the airport. Nea Potidea is a very beautiful place and is in a perfect location for exploring the rest of Halkidiki.

The Seaview Apartments are located 50 meters from long and sandy beach and have free use of sunbeds. Optional excursions can be arranged by the owners including a chance go to Scuba Diving!

All in all, this is a perfect prize for anyone wishing to visit Halkidiki, so go on…enter and we might see you here in 2012!!!

Continue to read the terms and conditions…


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Winter/Spring offers in Nea Potidea!

The Seaview Apartments in Nea Potidea has the following excellent offers. Check out www.halkidiki-seaview.com

Special Offers for Winter/Spring 2011/12!!!
1st – 20th December and 7th – 30th April: Apartment for 4 people/7 nights – €200 (was €315)
1st – 31st May: Apartment for 4 people/7 nights – €350 (was €420)

OFFER CODE: VL4M56

Christmas/New Years Eve Offers:
24.12.2011 – 27.12.2011/25.12.2011 – 18.12.2011/ 30.12.2011 – 02.01.2012:  Apartment for 4 people – €120

OFFER CODE: VL4M57

Easter Offers:
13th – 16th April: Apartment for 4 people – €120 

OFFER CODE: VL4M58

web: www.halkidiki-seaview.com ¦ e: info@halkidiki-seaview.com ¦ t: (+30)23730 41695


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Παραμυθοχώρα στο Στρατώνι Χαλκιδικής

04/12/2011to02/01/2012

Μια φορά κι έναν καιρό, σ’έναν τόπο κοντινό ζούσε ένα ξωτικό που με συνταγή τον εθελοντισμό, έκανε αληθινό, ένα απίστευτο όνειρο:
‘Εφτιαξε από το τίποτα, μια ολάκερη χώρα, την ΠΑΡΑΜΥΘΟΧΩΡΑ και σκόρπισε έτσι την χαρά στα χιλιάδες παιδιά που την επισκέπτονται.

Η ΠΑΡΑΜΥΘΟΧΩΡΑ, το Χριστουγεννιάτικο χωριό στο Στρατώνι της Χαλκιδικής, «χτίστηκε» και λειτουργεί με αγάπη προς τα παιδιά και την νοσταλγία των χριστουγεννιάτικων παιδικών αναμνήσεων, από ΕΘΕΛΟΝΤΕΣ κατοίκους και τους Φορείς του Στρατωνίου .
Η συμμετοχή των Εθελοντών κατά την διοργάνωση, είναι μία κατάθεση αγάπης, όπου κόπος και κούραση δεν έχουν καμία σημασία για αυτούς και η συμμετοχή τους είναι μιά ευχαρίστηση και μία προσφορά στη χαρά και τη ζεστασιά που φέρνουν, στις ψυχές των παιδιών, οι Χριστουγεννιάτικες μέρες.
Την οικονομική υποστήριξη παρέχουν, με χορηγίες τους, ιδιωτικές επιχειρήσεις.
Το όλο εγχείρημα υποστηρίζεται από το Τοπικό Συμβούλιο του Δ.Δ. Στρατωνίου και από τον Δήμο Αριστοτέλη.
Η οργάνωση και λειτουργία της ΠΑΡΑΜΥΘΟΧΩΡΑΣ όμως βασίζεται αποκλειστικά στους Εθελοντές κατοίκους του Στρατωνίου πολλοί από τους οποίους είναι μέλη Φορέων όπως του Συλλόγου Πολιτισμού Στρατωνίου, Συλλόγου Γυναικών Στρατωνίου, Ναυταθλητικού Ομίλου Στρατωνίου, Συλλόγου Αθλοπαιδιών, Ποδοσφαιρικού Συλλόγου, Συλλόγου Συλλόγων Γονέων και Κηδεμόνων Δημοτικού Σχολίου και Γυμνασίου, Συλλόγου Μπαλιωτών Μ. Ασίας και άλλων.
Στην Παραμυθοχώρα περιμένουν έξι ξύλινα σπιτάκια:του Αϊ-Βασίλη,του Ταχυδρομείου, το Γλυκόσπιτο, του Παραμυθιού, το Σπίτι των Κατασκευών και το σπίτι των Τεχνών με την στάση των Ξωτικών, όπως και η Λίμνη των Ευχών, για να «πασπαλίσουν» με μαγεία τα παιδικά μυαλά.

  • Τιμή εισόδου: Μόνο ένα χαμόγελο !!!

Η Οργανωτική Επιτροπή

Η Παραμυθοχώρα λειτουργεί καθημερινά από 10:30 έως 13:30 και το απόγευμα από 16:30 έως 20:30.

Ειδικά για τις μέρες των γιορτών, δηλαδή από 24 έως και 26 Δεκεμβρίου και από 31 Δεκεμβρίου έως 2 Ιανουαρίου το ωράριο διαμορφώνεται συνεχές από 10:30 έως 20:30

Η επίσκεψη στην ΠΑΡΑΜΥΘΟΧΩΡΑ είναι εντελώς δωρεάν

http://www.paramythoxora.gr/

 

IN ENGLISH

Halkidiki Fairy-tale Christmas Village – Stratoni

The Christmas village in Halkidiki, “built” with love for children and nostalgic childhood memories of Christmas by VOLUNTEERS, the residents and organizations of Stratoni. 
The participation of volunteers in the organization is filing a love where trouble and fatigue were not relevant to them and their participation is a pleasure and offer to the joy and warmth that they bring, in the souls of children, the Christmas days. 
The financial support provided by sponsorship, private companies. 
The whole project is supported by the Local Board of DD Barracks and the City of Aristotle. 
The organization and functioning of PARAMYTHOCHORAS but based solely on volunteer residents Stratoni many of whom are members of the Society Organizations as Culture Stratoni, Association of Women Stratoni, sailing Stratoni Group, Club Sport, Football Association, Association of Societies Parents Elementary School and Comment, Association Balioton Asia Minor and others. 
In the village, there are six wooden houses: the Santa Claus Post Office, the House of Fairytale, the House of Construction, the House of the Elves and the Lake of Wishes to “sprinkle” magic in children’s minds.

  • Entry Price: Only a smile!

The Organizing Committee

The village operates daily from 10:30 to 13:30 and the afternoon from 16:30 to 20:30 .

Especially on days of events, namely 24  until December 26 and December 31 to January 2 hours of continuous shape from 10:30 to 20:30

Visit http://www.paramythoxora.gr/ for full details!

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Extend the tourism season in Halkidiki?

Ok, I know this isn’t NEWS as such, but it is a subject that’s important to me and surely needs looking into.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the regional politics of tourism, but surely I’m not the only one who can see the potential of extending the tourism season of Halkidiki.
This, for some time, to me, has been perplexing. Ok, the idea, logistics, the implementation maybe difficult, but surely, if the area acted as a ‘community’ and not an ‘individual’, then the whole system would be easier, especially in these very difficult economic times.

Easier said than done?
Yes, in words it seems sensible, viable even…but in reality, why is it so hard? Please, if anyone has any comments as to why the whole of Halkidiki cannot extend the season, I’d love to hear them, really! Like I said, I’m not an expert, I’m not a hotel owner, a bar owner, a restaurant owner, a hire car owner, but I am a member of the community and I am in an awkward position of explaining to the increasing amount of people who email us, who would like to come to Halkidiki ‘out of season’, why Halkidiki only wakes up in late May.

Why Now?
Why am I posting this now…well, we seem to be getting more and more emails requesting info on accommodation and areas that are open outside of the ‘normal’ times, and it’s getting equally frustrating, as someone who is trying like crazy to promote Halkidiki, to explain to these potential customers why Halkidiki is only open ‘in full’ for such a relativity short time.
Halkidiki has so much to offer, and the tourists are seeing that, so why is Halkidiki NOT seeing this?
I am not totally naive so as not to see the business connection and the whole ‘where’s the money?’ problem. Of course, to open Halkidiki as an all year round destination takes time and marketing, and of course this needs to come from official channels (I hear the laughter).
But, think about it…sometimes, whole community effort works, even without ‘official’ intervention. No village is better than the other if no one visits….

Halkidiki has much more to offer than is currently available….
Work together, build together…prove that the whole of Halkidiki has what it takes to become the place of its potential. Only as a whole will it become one!

Please comment on this if you have a view…share it. I’d love to know all sides!

Visit our Facebook page or vote here

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ΤΗ ΧΑΡΤΑ ΙΣΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΦΥΛΩΝ ΥΠΕΓΡΑΨΕ Ο ΔΗΜΟΣ ΣΙΘΩΝΙΑΣ

Την “Ευρωπαϊκή Χάρτα για την Ισότητα των δύο φύλων στις τοπικές κοινωνίες” υπέγραψε ο Δήμαρχος Σιθωνίας κ. Ιωάννης Τζίτζιος, στο πλαίσιο του συνέδριου «Η Πόλη της Ισότητας» και σε ειδική εκδήλωση που πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Μουσείο της Ακρόπολης, στην Αθήνα. Την Ευρωπαϊκή Χάρτα για την Ισότητα των δύο φύλων υπέγραψαν συνολικά 126 Δήμοι και από το Νομό Χαλκιδικής ο Δήμος Σιθωνίας και ο Δήμος Πολυγύρου, αναλαμβάνοντας δημόσια δέσμευση για την ανάπτυξη και εφαρμογή σχεδίου δράσης για την ένταξη της ισότητας στις πολιτικές των Δήμων τους.
Στο συνέδριο «Η πόλης της Ισότητας» που οργάνωσε η Γενική Γραμματεία Ισότητας και το Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών, εκτός από τον Δήμαρχο κ. Ιωάννη Τζίτζιο συμμετείχαν η δημοτική σύμβουλος, επικεφαλής συνδυασμού, κ. Κυριακή Μάλαμα, καθώς και το υπηρεσιακό στέλεχος, υπεύθυνη Δημοσίων Σχέσεων, κ. Μαρία Χριστάρα, όπου και ενημερωθήκαν για τα θέματα Ισότητας, όπως αυτά εξελίσσονται σε εθνικό και σε ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο.

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