Kassandra of Chalkidiki
Kassandra is the first peninsula in the west side of Chalkidiki. It has lush vegetation with pine tree forests. The area is flat without any particular altitude and mountains. The main occupation of the residents is tourism. There are a lot of organized beaches, and the area attracts those who seek cosmopolitan tourism and entertainment. At the start of the peninsula, there is the town of Nea Moudania (about 55 km. from Thessaloniki). Nea Moudania is a beautiful town with a lot of stores, and the famous “Sardine Festival” with cultural events and outdoor feasts with fresh grilled fish and plenty of wine.
A bit further is Nea Potidaea, built on the old ancient town of Potidaea in a strategic geographical location, with the isthmus of Potidaea separating the peninsula of Kassandra and connecting Thermaikos Gulf with Toronaio Gulf. The next village is Nea Fokea with the impressive Byzantine tower. Further in Kassandra peninsula, and turning to the west, is the area of Sani with the ancient theatre that hosts the famous “Sani Festival” with a lot of theatrical and musical plays. In the east side, is the village of Athito, a traditional stone-built village near the sea. The next area is Kallithea which is the proper base for nightlife entertainment of all kinds 24 hours a day. The next village is Kriopigi, lush with pine trees. After Kriopigi, are the villages of Polichrono, Chanioti, and Peukochori with camp sites, Paliouri, Agia Paraskevi with the healing springs, and Nea Skioni with view to Aegean Sea, and fish taverns with fresh and delicious food. Continuing the way back from the west side, we meet Kalandra, Poseidi, Fourka and Siviri reaching back to Sani. At the centre of the peninsula is the town the Kassandra, also known as Valta, with stores, taverns, hospital and public services.