Many beaches and some awesome seafood places
Sykia (or Sikia) is a historical village in Sithonia located about 3 kilometres inland and up the mountain from Sykia beach. The whole area is considered Sikia with many small beach settlements along the coast. This is a very quiet part of Sithonia with a couple of large beaches and many smaller ones close by that make this the heart of Sithonia’s camping scene. Kriaritsi beach, in our opinion possibly the best beach in Halkidiki, is just north of Sykia.
Where to stay in Sykia?
The Sykia beach is lined with organized camping sites. There aren’t any larger hotel complexes here, but there are good options for apartments, rooms and studios. Just be aware that Sikia is spread out, so not all accommodations are close to the beach and you may have to walk some distance if you don’t have a car.
History of Sykia
Above the town of Sykia, on the mountain are the remains of an old fortified settlement called Koukos. There is evidence that this was a mining village dating back to the Early Iron Age. In the cemetery have been found about 100 graves, the earliest of which date to the 10th century BC.
Later, a 14th century AD Byzantine document gave the name of the town – Loggos. Probably a short time later it was changed to the present name – Sykia. Why the name change? One explanation is that in the local dialect, the name is closely pronounced to the word ‘shadow’. When the sun rises behind Mount Athos, the tip of it’s shadow covers the town of Sikia. Another version is that the name comes from the Greek word for fig tree. Some 14th century documents from Mount Athos mentioned a large fig tree that stood on this spot.
What to do in Sykia
The main Sykia beach has more taverns and restaurants to enjoy.
The stone structures of the old windmills of Sykia, found on the main beach can make a good photo op. Take a hike above the town of Sikia to see the ruins of the castle that serves as a monument to the people that once settled this region.
Go to Kriaritsi beach, an amazing sandy beach with crystal clear waters perfect for swimming. On the way to Kriaritsi see the maze of paved roads, which were made some years back for a massive resort but have since been abandoned. (check it out on google maps, amazing stuff)