Sithonia Peninsula, also known as the second finger of the Halkidiki region in Greece, is an extraordinary destination for nature lovers and people craving a completely relaxed vacation. You won’t find many nightlife establishments on the peninsula, but the sounds of the crashing waves mixed with the murmurs of the nearby woods and the attractive seaside will make up for that. All you need to enjoy Sithonia in its whole verdant beauty is a reliable car, a full tank of gas and some adventurous spirit. Sithonia has over 80 beaches, with the next more beautiful than the previous, and the following 5 beaches describe Sithonia’s diversity in its whole splendor.
1. Fava Beach
Fava Beach is my personal favorite among Sithonia’s magnificent beaches, and as with most good things on this earth, you’ll need to exert some effort to find it. Fava Beach is located south of Vourvourou, on the peninsula’s eastern coastline. To access it, you will need to explore a network of roads edged by perennial trees and luxurious villas.
Fava Beach features a dramatic environment, with dense perennial woods on its southern side and moderately high cliffs on the northern. The beach features sand and small pebbles, while the parts of the cliff that protrude into the sea create a couple of coves separated from the main beach. The water is clear and entry into the water is gradual, so people of all ages can swim or play in the shallow waters. Fava beach, like 99% of the beaches in Sithonia, is a virgin beach. Be sure to bring necessary food and drinks to keep you hydrated because you will find yourself spending your entire day here.
2. Dukina Beach
If you search for the name of this magnificent beach into Google, you’ll get only Serbian sources on the first few pages. The probable reason is because Dukina Beach was discovered by a Serb, who named it after his wife. Truly, even some Greeks I talked to had no idea about this beach.
Dukina Beach is located north of Sarti, in the vicinity of Kavourotripes and Portokali beaches. To access the beach, you need to take a dirt track and drive a couple of kilometers through groves of pine and deciduous trees. Once you get to the end of the road, a steep descent stands between you and this paradise on earth. Be extra careful while making your way to the beach.
Thanks to its remoteness and anonymity, it is highly unlikely that this beach will be crowded. Dukina Beach is a small, sandy beach, with unparalleled clear waters. The beach is edged with white rocks and lush greenery, perfectly contrasting the clear, blue sea. The beach’s uniqueness will tempt you to enjoy it way longer than you anticipated, so pack a sufficient supply of water and snacks.
3. Kavourotripes Beach
Kavourotripes is a popular beach in the vicinity of Sarti and Dukina Beaches. Unlike the others, Kavourotripes Beach can easily be found. You can simply park your car among the rows of other cars in the unofficial parking lot (there is no other option) under the shade of pine trees, and you are a short walk away from the beach.
Kavourotripes Beach is among the favorite beaches of Sithonia; hence, it is overcrowded most of the time. Morning is the best time to arrive on the beach, so you can beat the crowds and pick the best spot. The beach is mostly rocky and the waters are shallow, featuring gentle turquoise colors. While neighboring pine forest provides sufficient shade as it gets hot, the undergrowth serves exclusively for decorative purposes. Don’t worry, there aren’t any animals hidden in the undergrowth!
On a clear day, you will be able to see Mount Athos from Kavourotripes Beach, the third finger of Halkidiki. If you have binoculars with you, you can easily notice a couple of the “Monastic Republic’s”, 20 monasteries that were established during the medieval times along Athos’s western coastline.
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4. Goa Beach
Party people can breathe easy at last because there is the Goa Beach Bar set on the beach of the same name to the south of Sarti. The landscape here is very different from northern Sithonia, with lush greenery giving way to undergrowth and bare cliffs that dominate the area. Goa Beach, set between the surrounding rocky hillsides, is a pebble beach connected to the main road by a wide, dirt track.
The waters of Goa Beach aren’t as beautifully turquoise as those of the northern beaches, but they are equally as clear. Looming cliffs make quite a dramatic background for the beach and parties, and the waters are reasonably deep. A view of Mount Athos in the background is even more attractive than on Kavourotripes Beach, due to its closer proximity. The additional amenity that this beach offers — its bar — is especially convenient for the sailors that have wandered off their intended path. At the bar’s entrance, you have tables indicating distances and directions to various destinations, such as Dubai (the UAE), Cairo (Egypt), Cancun (Mexico), Cape Town (the RSA) and some others.
5. Lagomandra Beach
Lagomandra Beach, located a couple of kilometers to the north of Neos Marmaras, is one name for two completely different beaches. The common feature of these beaches is lush greenery that surrounds both of them, and while the first is half-wild, appropriate for sunbathing and listening to the sounds of the sea, the other features bars and gear rental facilities for watersports. Both beaches are sandy and entry into the water is steep, so you can expect to reach the appropriate depth for diving within a few steps. Lagomandra Beach is located next to the main road; just follow the signposts and you will find it easily.
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General information for Sithonia’s beaches
Beaches of Sithonia are densely distributed along the peninsula’s coastline, with a few kilometers distance at most between the neighboring ones. Each of them is unique in its own way, and you won’t find an ugly one. As I said, you might have a hard time finding engaging beach bars and nightlife facilities, but the natural beauty will welcome you regardless of the beach you choose to visit.
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