The Top 10 Experiences in East Sithonia
East Sithonia offers countless spectacular beaches as well as many good restaurants with fish and seafood. It has well designed beach bars and beautifully organized campgrounds. East Sithonia offers so much that it was very difficult to select the top 10 experiences in the area that extends from Vourvourou to Toroni.
Text: Lina Kapetaniou Translation: Lisa Radinovsky
1 . The ultimate beach life. Many of those who have visited consider Armenistis the best beach. It has coarse sand that does not stick to your body, crystal clear turquoise water, plenty of space, and all the amenities. Armenistis Beach is located in front of the campground of the same name, where you will find coffee, food, a minimarket, and everything else you need. During the summer, there are parties and concerts at the Armenistis Campground beach bar.
2 . From island to island. Twelve small islands are located in the wider Gulf of Vourvourou. The largest of these is Diaporos, which offers many small beaches, while the point known as "Pisines”, or Pools, is worth visiting between Diaporos and Agios Isidoros. If you don't have a boat, there are many companies in Vourvourou that rent both large and small vessels.
3 . Tables in the sand. Next to the sea and under the trees, you can enjoy fresh seafood and fish at affordable prices. Taverna Stelios in Toroni has offered good values for years. Open since 1962, it is perfect for a meal following a swim at the wonderful beach of Toroni. Telephone: 23750-51072.
4 . Tour Around Mount Athos. The third leg or peninsula of Halkidiki, Mount Athos, self-described as the center of Eastern Orthodox Christian Monasticism, is home to a large number of monks, and women are forbidden entry. A boat that starts at Ormos Panagias goes around the coast of the third leg so that passengers can enjoy a unique view of the monasteries while learning about each one. The boat makes a two-hour stop in Ouranoupoli before returning to Ormos Panagias. Costing about 30 euros per person, trips begin at 9:30 a.m. daily from May to October.
5 . Mastering the Waves. Due to its geographic location, spacious Sarti Beach often has large waves that are ideal for both surfing and playing. Always take care to stay safe as you enjoy playing in the waves.
6 . Overlooking the sea. The enclosed bay at Porto Koufo is impressive, and the best place to enjoy its view is at one of the fish restaurants in the harbor. They all have fresh fish and seafood, but Tzitzikas is exceptional for its excellent service and imaginative dishes. Try the baby calamari and grilled shrimp. Telephone: 23750-51270.
7 . Secret Beach. Tristinikouda Beach is located between Toroni and Tristinika. It is not very well known, so it is not crowded, even in the busiest vacation month of August. Nevertheless, it is one of the most beautiful beaches on the middle peninsula and, for that matter, in all of Halkidiki. To the left of the long beach, there is another smaller one.
8 . Traditional hinterland. Sykia is the only village in eastern Sithonia which is not on the coast. However, it is a village with traditional buildings, narrow lanes, and vitality. Stroll among the colorful houses and enjoy your coffee in the main square.
9 . For strong cocktails. In the center of Sarti, the colorful Peponaki-Karpouzaki (which means “Little Melon-Little Watermelon”) is an all-day café/bar with ethnic decorations and specially selected music. It is open in the morning for coffee and breakfast, serving refreshing fruit salads and snacks at midday, and preparing cocktails with fresh fruit in the evening. Telephone: 6972-839239.
10 . For nature lovers. Platanitsi Beach is located south of Armenistis, before Sarti. This enchanting beach is divided in the middle by a stream which flows into the sea, and there are other little bays next to the central beach. Platanitsi offers opportunities for hiking and exploration in a stunning natural environment.