The enchanting peninsula of Halkidiki

Halkidiki. The enchanting peninsula of Halkidiki is located to the southeast of Thessaloniki (Greece’s second largest city). Halkidiki is divided into three smaller peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos.  

Kassandra

The densest populated and closest to Thessaloniki is the Kassandra peninsula. Apart from its long coastline and clear waters one can find a very vibrant night life.

Athos

The east most peninsula of Halkidiki, Athos is the name to the unique orthodox community of monasteries. It is a place dedicated solely to prayer and the worship of God. Rising out of the sea to a height of 2033 m. Mount Athos is covered with virgin pine forests, its physical beauty is overwhelming. In 963 the first organized monastery was founded. A century later it was decided that “no smooth faced person” (woman) be permitted to violate its sanctity (Holly boundaries). This prohibition is still enforced and no female is allowed to enter Mount Athos. Men wishing to visit the Holly Mountain are admitted by special permit only.
In it`s prime, the 15th century Athos had more than 40 monasteries and about 40.000 monks. Today the number of functioning Monasteries are about 20 with a total population of approximately 1700 monks.

Sithonia

It is a well-known secret that only in Sithonia and nowhere else in Greece can one find such a variety of shores such as expanding Cosmopolitan sandy beaches, intimate secluded bays, a banded small islands, pebbly and stony beaches, rocky shore lines, cliffs, which all emerge from the crystal clean waters of the Aegean sea and are all surrounded by the typical Greek vegetation of pine forests and olive orchards.
A  Jewell which sands out in this paradise on earth is Sarti.

Sarti

The small but outstanding village of Sarti is located at the foot of the Dramoudely mountain range, which is famous for its very thick pine vegetation. The combination of mountain and sea creates a symphony of colors’ and aromas which transfer the visitor on voyage of their most desired dreams.

Sarti History:

During the great population exchanges between Turkey and Greece in 1922, the Greek inhabitants of the small island of Alysia ( Avsa ) of the Marmarra sea in Turkey were forced to leave their homes and were resettled on the spot where Sarti stands today.