Aretes beach north of Toroni is the start of a series of beaches on this coast that are rarely visited. Here you can still get a taste of what Halkidiki was like 30 years ago. The Aretes beach is actually a bay with 3 beaches. On the south beach (largest of the three) is a small hotel that basically has the beach to itself. In between Aretes and Tristinika beach is another undiscovered beach called Paradise.
The hotel is organized with a taverna in a garden just behind the beach and has a great sea view. Recently a beach bar was set up in the middle of the beach with sun-beds and umbrellas where you can get drinks until the morning hours. There is some basic water sport organization here as well. The other two beaches don’t have any organization.
The main beach is sand. The water has a sand bottom and is good for children as it gradually deepens, but then drops off. To the north end the water is shallower. The clear water is good for swimming and snorkeling. The middle beach is much smaller, is also a sand beach with shallow water. The northern most beach is a pebble beach with a pebble seabed. There may be some nudists on these smaller beaches.
What’s great about Aretes BeachNo crowds and very relaxing. Good for swimming and snorkeling.
And what’s not…Out of the way, so you need a car. No other shops or restaurants in the area, just the one hotel.
Traveling north from Toroni there is a sign for Tristinika beach and Aretes beach. Follow the signs that direct you to Aretes beach, it will take you down a steep dirt road to the hotel. For the other 2 beaches, just keep on the dirt road and they pass right by the two beaches.