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Visit Ancient Philippi, Macedonia

Philippi is one of the great cities of the ancient Greek world. Philippi has had its share of fame. It was built along the ancient Roman trade route called the Via Egnatia, which stretched from Rome to Constantinople (Istanbul).  Remains of this route can still be found in the northern Greek region of Macedonia. Philippi also entertained great names of …

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Chess comes to Halkidiki!

To start the 2016 holiday season, Halkidiki will be the backdrop for the FIDE World Amateur Chess Championship for 2016 and the European Senior Team Championship. From April 18-28, 2016, players will convene in the beautiful peninsula of Sithonia in Northern Greece for this international tournament. The games will take place in the conference center of the Anthemus Sea Resort …

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Ta Kymata – the pearl of Neos Marmaras

If you are in want of a special evening out in Sithonia’s largest town, Neos Marmaras we highly recommend you give Ta Kymata a try. Ta Kymata is not the place to go for souvlaki or typical Greek food but specializes in fresh seafood. Toula – the owner and head chef has won awards for her mastery. We decided to …

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Halkidiki – to go or not to go!

Is it safe to go as a tourist to Greece during the crisis? The mood in Greece the last days to say the least, is very somber. The future for many is uncertain and this uncertainty has carried over to the tourists. Many tourists are waiting to see what will happen before they travel to Halkidiki and many have cancelled …

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Great Food in Kalamitsi – Zorbas Taverna

Come hungry! Yani gives some of the largest portions in Sithonia The high season is now beginning in Halkidiki and since many of our readers are at the moment in Sithonia vacationing, we would like to give some restaurant tips over the next weeks. If you are visiting Kalamitsi on the southern tip of Sithonia, we highly recommend trying Zorbas …

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Top 5 things to do in Sithonia

So this is your first time to visit the middle finger of Halkidiki. You wonder what all the hype is about. You hear about the unspoiled sandy beaches, the stunningly clear water of the Aegean, the excitement of having the perfect beach vacation. There is more! Let us tell you about what we would recommend to do in Sithonia with …

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Greek Crisis and Tourist Tips

This week it looks like the Greek crisis is finally coming to a head. Or is it? After months of speculation whether Greece will default or not, whether they will remain in the Euro Zone or have to resurrect the Drachma, these are questions that might affect your upcoming holiday to Sithonia. There are some unique challenges for any tourist …

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Welcome to Halkidiki in 2015!

SithoniaGreece.com welcomes you to Halkidiki in 2015! As in the past few years, the tourist season in Greece in 2015 is expected to out perform the previous years. Sithonia is no exception. Already by mid May, many hotels and apartments are open for business and there are deals that can be found if you want to beat the busy season. …

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Mount Athos Cruise

On a beautiful late September morning, we get up early to rush down to Ormos Panagias, an attractive little harbour town on the east side of the Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki.  The weather is beautiful for this time of year.  Sunny and with a temperature in the high 20’s, the conditions couldn’t be more perfect to experience a day cruise …

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Diaporos Regatta 2014 – Ormos Panagias, Halkidiki

The Diaporos Regatta of 2014 is the third annual regatta to be held on the beautiful Sithonia peninsula. It will bring much excitement to Vourvourou and Ormos Panagias in Halkidiki. The first series of race events take place on the last weekend of August from Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31 and feature different races from windsurfing to canoes. …

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Neos Marmaras Cup 2014 – Folk and Dance Festival

As the tourist season winds down in Halkidiki, we cannot say that it is over yet. The September season is one of the most pleasant with warm weather and waters and is full of activities such as this one…. September 17 – 22, 2014 “The Neos Marmaras Cup” This international folklore music and dance festival will be held for the …

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Alexander the Great’s Tomb?

Almost in the backyard of Halkidiki a fantastic discovery was made in the town of Amphipolis, just a short drive from Halkidiki. A tomb of somebody very important. Speculation was going around as to if this could be the very tomb of the man who put Greece on the map – Alexander the Great! On hearing this news, of course …

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Paris Restaurant – a delightful stop in Vourvourou

Vourvourou is a wonderful place to visit in Sithonia. When visiting for the day I decided to make a stop at one of my favorite seaside restaurants in Halkidiki – Paris Restaurant. As I look around, the majority of people coming here seem to be Greeks and it’s obvious that they are regular customers as they are greeted by Paris …

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Endless vacation possibilities in northern Greece

Macedonia is Greece’s largest region. The diversity of Macedonia makes it a paradise for all kinds of tourism. Whether it’s ski resorts on dramatic snow capped peaks, or a simple parasol on an isolated white sand Aegean beach. Or the endless fields of olive groves bordering winding rows of grape bearing vines. All this is to be enjoyed by those …

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Historical Kavala is worth a visit

When visiting Halkidiki, it is well worth to check out some of the historical destinations around the area. One of those is Kavala, which has a rich and colourful history that stretches back 3000 years. The history of Kavala Founded by settlers from Thassos, the new colony was called Neapolis or “New City”. Neapolis was also the port of Philippi …

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Visit quaint Arnea – Halkidiki

Take a walk back through time in this old Macedonian village If you are looking to escape the heat of Halkidiki’s sunny beaches then how about a day trip north and up into the beautiful heartland of Halkidiki. The village of Arnea (Arnaia), about a 45-minute drive north of Nikiti, Sithonia, will give you a glimpse into the life of …

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What to do in Halkidiki? Why not go Scuba diving…

Increasingly, people are coming to Halkidiki for diving. Some years ago, dive clubs in Sithonia were hard to come by but the last years has seen a dramatic increase in diving centres open up to cater to the booming tourists needs. There is a culture popping up around this sport. Dive clubs are offering whole packages with camping and dive …

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Lets go to Greece and buy a… fur coat?

Buy a fur coat in Greece? Sounds crazy but it’s true. The last years have seen fur shops opening up in Neos Marmaras on the Sithonia peninsula, they are almost on every corner. The question is, why would there be a market for furs in a location that sees snow perhaps once in 10 years? To answer the question is …

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Top 5 campsites of Sithonia 2013

In Halkidiki, Greece camping is a favourite pastime. The Sithonia peninsula, with it’s beautiful mountainous surroundings and beaches, is the big magnet. This is why the largest number of campsites are on this peninsula – about 30. So we set out to find the 5 best camping and caravanning sites to help you know how to decide when you are …

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Rent a boat in Sithonia

With the summer season of 2013 already well underway in Halkidiki, we would like to bring to your attention some of the things that can be done while on vacation in this hidden Greek paradise. Rent a Boat Yes, even if you don’t have a licence for piloting a boat, you can still rent a boat and enjoy some of …