Holidays to Afitos are all about rest and relaxation. You get an unspoilt village, a tranquil beach and lots of easy-to-visit places along this popular Halkidiki peninsula.
Afitos sits on a cliff on the eastern side of the Kassanda peninsula in Halkidiki. It’s an old, rustic village with a preservation order that’s kept its stone-built houses and cobbled streets untouched. This peaceful retreat comes with friendly locals who’ll welcome you into the cafés and tavernas in and around the main square.
There’s a bit of a steep track down from the village to Afitos Beach, about 1 kilometre away, but you can soon rest up on a sunlounger. There’s a good sweep of sand here that nudges gently into the water – you can walk quite a long way out actually. This is a quiet, sheltered spot, though a couple of tavernas are on hand for beachside lunches.
It can feel like time has stopped at Afitos. In the central square there’s a church, Agios Dimitrios, which was built in 1859. And the village is also home to a folklore museum where you can see photographs, old costumes and carpenter’s tools – all donated by generations of townsfolk.
Coastal day trips
This side of the eastern peninsula has some great little places to explore. Ten minutes north takes you to the fishing village of Nea Fokea, which has a well-preserved Byzantine tower and fortress overlooking the beach, as well as a wildlife reserve. And less than half an hour in the other direction gets you to Polichrono, where a walk up into the hills takes you to a woodland pond with turtles.
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