People don’t really live here, they come to vacation, and that is what Vourvourou is all about – having fun!
The first impression you may have as you drive into Vourvourou is… “where’s the town?” The main Sithonia road branches off to the main street of Vourvourou and follows the coastline. Kilometers, lined with hotels, apartments, guest houses, restaurants and grocery stores – this is Vourvourou.
Situated on the east coast of the Sithonia peninsula, with a small archipelago of nine islands, this is a phenomenal place in Sithonia that will award you a relaxing vacation. The long narrow beach that follows the bay is not much in comparison to other beaches in Sithonia, but there are some in the area, like Karidi beach, which is classified as being one of Sithonia’s top beaches.
Where to stay in Vourvourou
You will find plenty of hotels, apartments, studios and villas lining the coast and the main street of Vourvourou. If you have a car, explore the side roads for other guesthouses that might fulfill your dream. The cost can be more than in places like Sarti, but the standard is also higher. Many offer luxury villas, because Vourvourou attracts a more well-to-do crowd.
Diaporos – the island
Hang on to your seat because this place offers something no other Sithonia destination can. The chance of renting a boat to sail to Diaporos, the island. Diaporos shelters Vourvourou from the sea and forms a bay like an amazing large swimming pool! The waters here are always calm.
Our guide and local hotel owner, tells us that tourists come to the hang out on the beaches of Vourvourou, but they miss the best part. To quote our guide, “The island is Vourvourou. This is the best part of Sithonia!” The idea is to rent a small boat, go out to Diaporos and let time pass – maybe on a lonely beach, or have a picnic, go for a walk, and definitely see the ‘Blue Lagoon’.
As we cruise along the squiggly shoreline of Diaporos, we can’t help but notice the unusual number of large sailboats moored in a bay. We even stumble upon a couple of super yachts. Rich Russians dock them in the Mediterranean – this is where they come to play. Dienekis our guide tells us that Vourvourou is a special place in the hearts of Russians. Most of his guests come from Moscow and they may never have heard of Santorini, but they have all heard of Vourvourou.
Few people have the privilege of living on Diaporos but Dienikis points out to us a large Roman styled villa. As we cruise by he breaks the silence – “This one belongs to the owner to TGI Fridays”. Whether it’s true or not, somebody with deep pockets has gotten themselves a piece of paradise.
History of Vouvourou
It’s known that in the 5th century BC, here existed the town of Siggos. It was one of the largest towns on the peninsula and it also gave the name to the Siggotikos gulf, which lies between Sithonia and the Athos peninsula. As the Roman came around, this area became a resort town, the Romans built rich villas on the islands and in the area of Vourvourou.
As the monasteries of Athos began to grow in influence, this part of Sithonia became church land up until only recently. By the end of the 19th century, the land was sold to Russian monks who were eventually forced off their newly acquired land by the locals.
What to do in Vouvourou
Relax! After all that’s what you’re here for. Besides swimming and resting on the beaches, rent a boat for a trip to Diaporos. Spend the day, or even several, exploring some of the most isolated beaches in Sithonia. The water here is warm since the islands shelter the area from any winds. They claim that these are some of the warmest waters in Greece and you can, if you are brave enough, go swimming year round.
If you don’t want to take out a boat yourself, then how about a sailing tour? Even in January, burr, they offer winter sailing in the archipelago.
Also a must do is to see the Blue Lagoon on the eastern side of Diaporos. Its crystal aquamarine waters will knock your socks off. People come from all over the peninsula on boat tours just to see the Blue Lagoon.
If you find yourself energetic, then go for a walk up on the ridge. From here you can get an unforgettable view from above of the bay with Diaporos and the other eight islands, the archipelago that makes Vourvourou such a special place to come and see.