Nikiti

Nikiti (or Nikitas) is one of the larger towns of Sithonia and one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula. It is located in the northwestern part of the leg, between the resorts and Metamorfosi and Neos Marmaras, 100 km from Thessaloniki.

On this place the ancient city of Galipsos existed, inhabited as early as the 7th century B.C. and many prehistoric sites have been found in the area. In 432 B.C. its population moved to the town Olinthos because of war and then the name of Nikiti appeared again in chronicles of 1300 as a settlement of farmers. In the 14th century the town was known as the largest honey producer in Europe.

Currently the permanent residents of Nikiti are around 2500. The town has old and new quarter (separated by the main road of Sithonia) and manages to combine the atmosphere of the past with modern conveniences. The old town is situated on a hill and there you can see preserved and restored stone houses from past centuries, small squares and narrow streets, completed by magnificent sea views from the top. There are also several old churches and a Folklore Museum which is worth to visit. 2.5 km from Nikiti you can visit the ruins of the Saint Sophronius Basillica with mosaics from 16 century.

The new quarter of the town is located around the coastline. There is a wide variery of hotels, rooms to rent, taverns, cafes and bars. No shortage of large supermarkets, pharmacies and souvenir shops. Every Friday during the summer season in Nikiti you can visit the traditional local market and taste the famous honey and other local products, and in July a marathon is held for swimming the Toroneos Gulf (gulf between Kassandra and Sithonia).

The beach of the resort is not very wide but it is long, with fine sand. Those who prefer privacy can always find it on the desert beaches in close vicinity. South of the resort are the famous beaches Kalogriya, Elia and Lagomandra. Water sports are available in Kalogriya.

highlights: holiday and hotels in traditional village with old houses, village in Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece

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