The largest natural harbour in Greece – beautiful views and excellent seafood
Porto Koufo, just two kilometres south of Toroni, is one of the largest natural harbours in Greece, stretching about 1.5 kilometres in length. It is a teeny settlement and upon driving through, you pass a couple of hotels and restaurants and before you know it, you are in Toroni. There exists a couple of small beaches in the harbour of Porto Koufo. The view of the majestic fjord is amazing – cliffs surrounding the harbour give you the feeling that you are in a village on the shores of a mountain lake. In September Porto Koufo comes alive when many come together for their annual Tuna fishing festival.
Where to stay in Porto Koufo
The options are not as numerous as other near by towns like Toroni, but Porto Koufo nonetheless can give you a variety of choices. Anything from larger hotels to apartments and studios or rooms can be found. Considering the small size of the village of Porto Koufo, accommodation is quite plentiful.
Porto Koufo History
Porto Koufo is actually the ancient port of Toroni which was called ‘deaf harbour’ because of it being so well protected that you couldn’t hear the sound of the sea. The harbour has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, such as hiding Turkish pirate ships. Even more recently during the second world war, the Germans used the harbour as a U-boat (submarine) base for the Northern Aegean. Some of their fortifications can still be seen.
What to do in Porto Koufo?
This is a fishing village – enjoy the harbour early in the morning as the local fishermen came back with their catch.
Try scuba diving in the deep harbour where you can explore the numerous caves – such as Erika’s cave with an entrance of 12 meters under the surface of the water. Or if you are more experienced, maybe dive the “wall” out in the harbour’s entrance – this is a deep dive with interesting bio-diversity. You can also venture out from Porto Koufo on boat tours and cruises that will take you diving or fishing around Sithonia, lasting anywhere from one day to a week.
If you want to stay on land, there are numerous hiking trails to the southern tip of Sithonia where you can find some isolated beaches (Lemos and Marathias), or get a magnificent view to the south of the Sporades Islands on a clear day.
In the evening relax and enjoy Porto Koufo for what it is famous for – it’s fresh sea food!