Beaches of the Sithonia Peninsula, the middle finger of Halkidiki, are the major trademarks of this green region. The largest concentration of marvellous beaches can be found on the eastern shore, and while some of them are easily accessed, others are concealed from view. Therefore, be prepared to invest some time and effort to discover the best beaches this marvellous peninsula has to offer.
Mega Portokali Beach
Despite its Mega (meaning large) prefix, Mega Portokali is the smaller of two Portokali beaches (Portokali translates to orange). Mega Portokali Beach might prove challenging to find and once found, is no less easy to reach, but the outcome is truly rewarding. Since the beach’s location isn’t marked by signposts, take some time to wander around Orange Beach and enjoy the fragrances and sounds of a pine forest and the sea.
Mega Portokali Beach features transparent turquoise water and soft sand. Hills surrounding the beach are a perfect backdrop and provide shelter from the sun, and the water is shallow. Hence, you’ll have ample opportunities to play on the beach. Or you can swim farther and treat yourself with views of the hills overgrown with verdant greenery, white rocks and magnificent blue water.
To reach Mega Portokali Beach, you need to descend through a steep, narrow path. Since the beach is so small, you may find it a bit crowded from time to time.
Karidi is the most popular beach around Vourvourou, and for a good reason. Just south of Vourvourou, Karidi Beach is easily accessed by car, and features an incredible combination of a pine grove, white rocks edging the small cove in which it is nestled and transparent water. The beach has white sand and you can let your kids play freely in the shallow waters.
Reaching a depth decent enough for swimming requires some time. Therefore, take this great opportunity to get away from the shore to take incredible photos of Karidi Beach and its surrounding area. Since the beach is very popular, it would be beneficial to come earlier to secure a good place.
Bahia Beach, with a beach bar, is an extraordinary beach, even for Sithonia’s high standards. Located in the vicinity of Zografou campground and beach, to which it’s connected by a sloping and descending path, Bahia Beach is nestled between high hills dominated by deciduous vegetation and undergrowth. Note that you’ll need to walk up to half an hour to access the beach from the parking lot.
The beach features small pebbles and has a gradual entry into crystal clear water. Depth appropriate for swimming and diving can be reached quickly, so keep a close eye on smaller children. Once you get a bit distanced from the shore, take every possible moment to soak up the beauty of the beach and its marvellous surroundings.
Bahia Beach is rather isolated when compared to other Sithonian beaches, hence it shouldn’t be especially crowded.
Sarti Town Beach is among the longest beaches of Sithonia. The beach has larger waves than most of Sithonia’s other beaches and boasts a spectacular view of Mount Athos across the bay, on the third finger of Halkidiki. Sarti Beach is mostly sandy, with a varied degree of shallowness along its kilometers long shore.
Most people will find the beach convenient for a number of reasons. Easy accessibility, numerous beach bars, restaurants and children’s playgrounds at hand, and a lot of space preventing overcrowding are just some of them. Make sure to come back at night, when the moon magnificently reflects from the water’s surface, discretely illuminating Mount Athos.
Sarti Beach is always visited by many people. Nevertheless, you won’t find it crowded since it is long.
Lagonisi Beach, to the north of Vourvourou, is another exceptional Sithonian beach. Most of the beach belongs to the adjacent beach bar, but the space for people who would rather use their own parasols and other leisure equipment is available, too. The path to Lagonisi Beach is well signposted.
The beach is sandy and long, and can be enjoyed for its shallow waters. The water is crystal clear and turquoise, and Lagonisi Beach is tucked between two capes protruding into the bay. The island across the beach provides additional shelter from the wind, which makes the water unusually calm most of the time.
Lagonisi Beach has sufficient deckchairs and parasols, but since this is a popular beach, you should arrive early to secure a spot.
The Sithonia Peninsula is the natural jewel that has yet to reveal its true potential. Therefore, don’t hesitate to take a half-concealed route or path whenever you find one. Besides secret beaches and engaging views, you can even lay eyes on gorgeous wildlife crossing your way throughout the peninsula. Hence, always have your camera at the ready.
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