Sithonia is a peninsula of Halkidiki, Greece, Surrounding the peninsula of Sithonia are the Singitic Gulf to the east and the Toronean Gulf to the west. The mountain of Dragoudelis (or Itamos) is located in the center of the peninsula of Sithonia. Sithonia is called the “middle foot” of Halkidiki. The beaches on this peninsula are typically rocky.
Sithonia played a big role in Greek history and mythology. The only ruins that are visible on the peninsula are that of a Byzantine castle in Toroni and some ruins of ancient Torone on the mountain above the castro. Agios Nikolaos has ruins from an old watchtower and Nikiti is home to a 5th century AD Christian basilica. While the peninsula of Sithonia is known to have had many ancient settlements, nothing has yet to be excavated.
There is a saying in Halkidiki that the three peninsulas relate to the different stages of a man’s life. The first finger, Kassandra, is bright, bustling, and looking for a woman. The second finger, Sithonia, is the best for the man who has found his beloved and wants a break (or for couple with children). And the third finger, dominated by Mount Athos, is for the man whose woman has left him, who is seeking comfort in God.
The main village of the peninsula of Sithonia is Sykia, which is in the southwest part. The popular resorts of the peninsula include Nikiti, Neos Marmaras, and Toroni to the west, and Ormos Panagias, Vourvourou, Sarti, Paralia Sykia, and Kalamitis to the east.
Administrative Region of Sithonia Peninsula, Greece
Area of Sithonia Peninsula, Greece
Municipality: 516.8 km2 (199.5 sq mi)
Municipal Unit: 322.9 km2 (124.7 sq mi
Population of Sithonia Peninsula, Greece
Municipal Unit: 8,841
Top Attractions in Sithonia Peninsula, Greece
Vetrino Hill Acropolis – This prehistoric acropolis is within walking distance from Agios Nikolaos. See the settlements of Siggos and Pyrgos, which were constructed during prehistoric time. The view from the acropolis is also worth the visit.
Parthenonas Village – Located near Neos Marmaras. This old village was abandoned, but you can still see some authentic houses. Some of the houses have been restored or turned into boutique hotels.
Castle of Lekythos – Located in the ancient city of Toroni. An important archaeological site in Sithonia. This Byzantine castle is in ruins, but a great reminder of the history of the area.
Windmills – In both Sykia and Nikita you will find historic windmills. They are protected as monuments. Two windmills in Sykia date back to 1890.
Livrohio Beach – Just north of Ormos Panagias. This Blue Flag beach features water sports and beach bars. Sun beds and umbrellas are available.
Orange Beach – Also known as Kavourotripes, which means “crab holes.” This beach is actually many small beaches and white sand coves. The area is perfect for snorkeling and there are places to get food on site.
Armenistis Beach – This Blue Flag beach is also a camping beach. Water sports, food, and sun beds are available. The beach is one kilometer long with shallow water.
The Ghost City – This area was prepared for construction, which never took place. There are no buildings, only asphalt streets, underpasses, and bridges. Three beaches can be accessed driving through the area: Tigania, Kriaritsi, and Klinataria.