- Transfer time 75 mins -
Kassandra is the western peninsula of Halkidiki and actually an island separated from the mainland by the Potidea Canal. It is the area closest to the airport and therefore the first to be developed for tourism, and it remains the most commercial.
Like the rest of Halkidiki it is characterised by long stretches of white sandy beaches and rocky promontories covered with pine trees. Despite the tourist development, the beaches remain of exceptional quality, and many receive annual Blue Flag awards for their cleanliness and safety.
There are good roads, well-maintained, and an efficient bus service, though to explore the region fully car hire is recommended.
Afitos (also called Athytos) is the prettiest of Halkidiki's coastal villages and stands on an escarpment high above the sea towards the top of Kassandra's north east coast. the village is under strict building and planning restrictions, and has therefore retained its traditional character. Its narrow cobbled lanes and typical architecture make it by far the most attractive place to stay on Kassandra.
Afitos has good facilities and wonderful views from its 'balcony' which looks over the gulf to Sithonia. The village has at least 10 restaurants, a good choice of cafes and small bars, colourful little shops, a traditional square, a lovely small church (Aghios Dimitrios), a bank with ATM and taxis. It is, however, a steep walk down to the sandy beach below.
You will not be surprised to read that Afitos receives many visitors in the summer and is busy in the peak months. However the village's undoubted charm and character certainly make it our number one choice for a stay on Kassandra.
The south west of Kassandra is a quiet area, lesser visited than the east coast resort villages and beaches. The seaside village of Nea Skioni boasts the largest fishing harbour on Kassandra, so you are assured that the traditional tavernas here serve the freshest fish on the peninsula.
Nea Skioni has a fine wide sandy beach, organised with sunbeds and a children's play area, backed by a handsome promenade and a selection of shops, tavernas and cafes. The atmosphere is very Greek. Nearby attractions include the hot thermal springs of Agia Paraskevi and the church of Panagia Faneromeni which has some 16th century frescoes to admire.
For more cosmopolitan lights just drive north for 20 minutes over the forested hills to the other side to reach the lively resorts of Hanioti and Pefkohori - and a string of the fabulous sandy beaches for which Halkidiki is famed.
Self Transfer Reductions - save £300
Taxi transfers are included in the prices of our holidays to Afitos. However if you are prepared to hire a car from Thessaloniki Airport and drive yourself you will save over £300 - more than the cost of a car for 1 week! The drive is quite straightforward and takes 60-75 minutes in normal traffic conditions (note: please allow more time when the road is busy on Friday afternoons going and Sunday afternoons returning, or Monday if a long weekend). Car hire starts from £175 for a week. If you book online please call us to remove the transfers included.