In 3.5 hours’ drive from Fourka where our resort is situated you can get to Meteora monasteries, which is included in the UNESCO Heritage List. It is a unique natural phenomenon. For millions of years the falling water has been washing away the stone until only the hardest rock remained. Today more than 300 m high rock columns and peaks rise from the ground. It is said that hermits came to these inaccessible rocks in the 9th century. Later on, monasteries were erected on these places – in the 16th century 24 monasteries were built. However, since then the monasteries have been gradually closed down and today you can see only six accessible monasteries.
A trip to a luxury marina or swimming or a luxury boat trip in the port of SANI
Sani Marina – Google Maps
Sani Marina is the best and most luxurious marina in Halkidiki. Luxury boutiques where you can shop, luxury restaurants, luxury villas and beaches. If you want you can swim here, parking fee is 20€, food prices are higher than in other restaurants, if you want to eat you can pay an amount up to 100€ per person.
A picturesque fishing village 30 minutes drive originally served as a port for the mountain village Agia Paraskevi. Loutra is translated as spa. It is no wonder, as just a few meters away from the village there is a thermal spa (see Thermal Spa Center Agia Paraskevi). More tips for trips – what to visit: HERE
There is a privately run animal shelter in Kalandra which works to reduce the stray animal population in the area with a program for sterilising street dogs and cats. All dogs are also microchipped and vaccinated which means that they are ready to be adopted into a home of their own. It is possible to arrange an appointment to visit the shelter to meet the dogs and cats, maybe cuddle some puppies and to join walks with them in the evenings. For further information and to book an appointment please call Julie Tsiakmakis +30 6981434608. Facebook page HERE.
Visiting Greek vineyards and wine producers
Visit Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. What you can visit in Thessaloniki can be found HERE.
Monastic Republic of Athos
Mysterious and Inaccessible Monastic Republic Agion Oros, considered the most important center of Orthodoxy, has been home to the Athos Peninsula for over a thousand years. Monks only allow male visitors to enter their territory, children and women are forbidden to enter. Medieval rules still in force are so severe that they exclude all female females except for hens and cats. However, if a female person attempts to violate this regulation, she may be imprisoned for up to 10 months. The easternmost tip of Chalkidiki is about 50 kilometers long and 8 to 12
The daily number of visitors to the monastic republic is strictly limited to 120 Greeks and 10 male foreigners and older than 18 years. While the Greeks are allowed to enter at any time, foreigners must obtain a special permit in advance, diamonitirio in Greek, from the Monastic State Representation in Thessaloniki – tel .: 0030 2310 252575, fax .: 0030 2310 222424, address Egnatias 109, 54635 Thessaloniki and a reference letter from the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Thessaloniki – address Leoforos Nikis 57, 546 23 Thessaloniki, tel .: 0030 2310 222 376.
For Children – Aquapark Thessaloniki
Ideal fun for kids. For more information, visit the water park website at waterland.gr
Trips to Halkidiki with PrimeTaxi
PrimeTaxi offers you road trips – tours in Halkidiki area (and not only) that will be unforgettable! Select one of the destinations that they recommend, or create your own travel plan,and enjoy comfort and luxury of a pleasant and informative trip. More informations here.
Travel around Chalkidiki with travel agency Afitos
Afitos Travel Agency offers a lot of all-day activities you can take part in. One of these activities is sailing, starting at 10:00 am at Nea Fokea and having fun at 16:30. During the cruise you will stop at several places for swimming or refreshment. The price per person is 59 EUR (includes typical Greek snacks). Another option is Bulli Safari or Jeep Safari, where you can visit the natural beauty and sights of the Greek peninsula, stop in a small olive and olive oil tasting shop for free. The price per person is also a total of 59 EUR (including typical Greek snacks).
The agency also offers rental bikes that will bring you to the place you choose. It is necessary to rent a bike for at least two days. The price for renting a bike (incl. transfer) is 15 EUR/day. If you are interested in the above activities or rent a bike, do not hesitate to visit the website: afitosactivities.com and contact the organizers either by e-mail: email@example.com or by calling: +30 6949538226.
Aglios Dimitrios Church
It is a Greek Orthodox church in Greece, which was built in 1858. You can find it on the map here
Byzantine tower, which bears the name of st. Paul, you will find on the coast of Nea Fokea village. The tower protruding on a small promontory on the coast dates back to the 15th century and previously served as protection against invasions by foreign nations. If you want to visit this tower, you can find the address here
Lighthouse in Possidi
This lighthouse was built in 1864 and according to the locals it was originally very close to the sea. The colonial-style lighthouse is still in operation and besides has a flower garden around it that adds to its beauty. Once a year at International Lighthouse Day, tourists can enter. You can find it here
Ruins of Ammon Zeus temple in Kalithea
These remains of the temple are an important archaeological site. The temple was discovered in 1969 during excavations for hotel construction. See Google maps
Lake with turtles
This famous turtle lake is located near the town of Polychrono, see Google maps
Small towns in Kassandra
If you are looking for more traffic, head to Kassandra for the following cities:
Fourka, Polichron, Possidi, Nea Fokea, Kallithea, Chanioti, Pefkochori, Afitos, Sani
Greek marina with lots of shops, restaurants and a beautiful beach. The marina is a 17-minute drive from Pohoda Villas Resort.
Afytos – Google maps
Afytos is a quiet small town with traditional mainland Greek architecture, it is a popular destination for tourists from Halkidiki who want to see a typical Greek village. In the main square there is the town hall, the church, tavernas, the traditional Greek plane tree (symbol of the centre of a Greek village). Around the houses of the inhabitants, even the new ones are built in the traditional style, i.e. with large stones. Along the street north of the square, beside the traditional houses, you can reach the place where the famous view of the sea from the high cliff can be seen, where there is also a café. Below the town there is a beach.
Luxury boat rental with skipper in Sani Marina
Sani VIP services can provide you with a yacht and crew for a day, a weekend, or longer. Departing from Sani Marina, delight in breath-taking scenery and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean on your luxury cruise. Cruises are subject to weather conditions with the skipper’s decision being final.
A useful guide for your vacation (recommended by the Greek Tourist Board)
Visit this website visitkassandra.com/halkidiki/kassandria/! Here you will find a variety of tips for trips to the peninsula of Halkidiki.Other tips for trips – what to visit: HERE