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 looking to rough it in Sithonia.
But how do you rate a campsite? Reviews are not always objective. An employee has a bad day, gives you bad service and that means a bad review for what is otherwise a wonderful campsite. Some people like excitement and not solitude, others want restaurants and not having to cook over a camp stove.
Because tastes and needs vary, we cannot write which campsite is the best but we will give – in our opinion – which are the top 5 campsites of Sithonia and for what reason we feel that way. So here we go…
Best 5 Campsites of Sithonia – 2013
Camping Areti – Top beach for solitude
Located just south of Neos Marmaras in an area of Sithonia that is very undeveloped, camping Areti is what a campsite should be. At the end of a dirt road, this camping location is the utmost in isolation and quietude, even though it’s only a 9 km drive to busy Neos Marmaras. Camping Areti has 2 beaches which are delightful for swimming.
Thalatta Village Camp Kalamitsi – Best beach for comforts
Whereas Camping Areti has the isolation close to Neos Marmaras, Thalatta Village has brought the village to an isolated part of Sithonia. Kalamitsi is a barren, but spectacular part of Sithonia. Thalatta Village is what the name indicates, a real camp village with everything needed, so you can stay here and just enjoy! The beach is great, water sports are plentiful, there is a swimming pool and lots to keep the kids happy, even a Gelateria. Even with all this, there is no compromise on the camping experience.
Armenistis – Best for young people and families
This ‘Blue Flag’ beach is one of Sithonia’s best. A pure white sand cove with a spectacular view to Mount Athos. Armenistis is organized to keep you entertained. But a word of caution to those seeking quiet and solitude – you will not find it here. The list of activities is endless – sporting tournaments, concerts, outdoor cinema, beach volleyball etc…
Akti Oneirou – Coolest camping beach
Can there be a such thing as ‘camping with the stars’? Certainly! Akti Oneirou shows us how. This campsite will make you feel like you are hobnobbing with the well-to-do. It has probably one of the most popular beach bars in Halkidiki and a restaurant that brings class to the beach. A couple of nice extra touches are the Steakhouse and Thai massage. Definitely the coolest camping beach in Halkidiki.
Camping Paradisos Kriaritsi – No frills
Camping Paradisos on Kriaritsi beach (see photo above) is a bare bones basic campsite. But what makes it a winner is the location. Imagine walking out the door of your caravan across 20 m of sand beach and taking a plunge in refreshingly cool waters. Kriaritsi is one of Sithonia’s best beaches for its sand and clear water and people don’t know about it.
We understand that you may have a different opinion and that is why we encourage you to give your comment below. Let us know which you think are the best campsites of Sithonia. You may change our opinion for 2014.