On the first of the three-pronged tridents of Halkidiki, Afitos rests in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings in what is the dream combination of mother nature and man-made architecture. The quaint seaside resort village offers holidaymakers a traditional Greek atmosphere for a laidback trip. Get away from the beach crowds and loud nights out, and visit Afitos in 2017 for a seriously chilled holiday.
The village is home to cobblestone alleys, white-stoned balconies and rich blue views of Toroneos Bay. The sites on offer are all attractive prospects for a holiday in Afitos, but the main attraction that makes it all work is the friendly atmosphere the locals exude. Whether it be along the serene streets or in one of the comfortable cafes that dot the lanes of this spectacular location, Afitos provides travellers with one of the best destinations for a Greek getaway in 2017. Put simply, tranquil beauty is waiting on a holiday in Afitos.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
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The stone built houses of Afitos are some of the most beautiful pieces of architecture Greece has to offer. Each stone house is inscribed with its building date, making it a great place to marvel at the old world architecture of this small village. The entire resort oozes with an air of the old world, and its charm is comfortably rustic.
Afitos Beach is the place to cool off when the Greek summers get too warm. The sandy shore has plenty of sun loungers to rest upon and the waters of the Aegean Sea are crystal clear and inviting. If you want to take a day trip, be sure to head to the eastern side of Halkidiki. There, you will find Mount Athos, or Holy Mountain. The mountain is home to a ninth century monastery that hangs off its cliffs. View the iconic structure from the sea for the best views.
The Church of St. Demetrius was built in 1859, and is centrally located in Afitos. You can wander the square and the streets surrounding it to view the sculptors of Vassilis Pavlis. There is also the fantastic Greek Folklore Museum located nearby.
Wine and Dine
The foods in Afitos are most definitely Greek and the Mediterranean fare available to visitors will have you dreaming of another trip to Greece long after your holiday had ended. Moudounou Fish is a great little spot to sit on the terrace and watch the waves roll in. Moudounou serves up fresh seafood caught in the waters below. No one grills seafood like the Greeks, so enjoy grilled sea bass drizzled in olive oil along with a traditional Greek salad. Greek mussels are another popular dish and go great with white wine on a hot day.
Sparos is another popular dining destination in Afitos. Located right on the beach, you can grab a table as soon as you pop out of the sea. Located on the beach, Sparos serves up great seafood, including fried squid and chips that are out of this world.
Sousourada and Sgouros is another eatery not to be missed. This slightly upscale restaurant is nestled in the heart of Afitos, and it is known far and wide for its great food. Sousourada and Sgouros is popular for its contemporary Greek food such as fennel pie and chickpea balls. Of course, nothing goes better with Greek food than ouzo, a glass of white wine or a tall bottle of Mythos Lager.
A holiday in Afitos is perfect for families looking for a little peace and quiet. Parents and kids alike will love the spills and chills of Waterland aqua park. Spend a full day or just an afternoon cascading down the waterslides into the waiting pool below.
Families can join a private cruise that will take them out into the bay and over the waves of the Aegean Sea. The cruises are a brilliant way to spend a day, and if you are lucky, you will see dolphins swimming alongside your yacht.
If you get tired of the beach and the sea, head for the hills on a jeep safari. The jeep tour guides will take you up and over the hills of the forests as you discover the olive groves and pine forests of Afitos.
Action and Adventure
Near the monastery situated on Mount Athos, you will find the island of Ammouliani. You can take a quick day trip to the island to discover the cozy coves and gorgeous beaches. Adventurers can splash in the sea and hike the paths that criss-cross the island.
If you need a day at the beach, the eastern side of the peninsula has plenty of sandy spots that shouldn't be missed. Afitos Beach is a perfect location to dive, swim and play at, while the beaches of Kriopigi and Hanioti are great for windsurfing and parasailing. Kriopigi is a special beach as it is one of the certified European Blue Flag beaches, and has great facilities for all to enjoy.
The rugged hills and natural landscape around Afitos is great for hiking and mountain biking. Visitors can spend the day in the hills, enjoying the beauty of Greece and descend down the paths and hills with the wind in their hair.
Life's a Beach
It is unsurprising to find that most of the cafés and bars line the promenade, which looks out onto one of the most beautiful scenes in Halkidiki. Not only are the views pristine and crisp, but they are available all year round for anyone looking to escape the cold or top up their summer tans.
There is a plethora of places to chill and have a bite to eat while you are at Afitos Beach. There are great little spots like the Lime Beach Bar or Imeros Cocktail Bar, where you can dive into a fruity cocktail and enjoy the views.
If you would like to mix things up during your holiday in Afitos, then head south to Kriopigi. You will find a stunning destination with gorgeous golden beaches, from which you can experience tours of the deep blue sea. Mixing with the frolicking fish, gazing over the captivating coral reef and swimming up along the shore is a great way to spend the day with the kids. The golden Greek beaches around Afitos are the perfect spot to work on your tan no matter what time of year it is.
Afitos isn't the pulsating, noisy holiday resort for party-goers like other parts of Greece. The village is all about relaxing and experiencing the natural beauty of the Halkidiki region. Vento is the main cocktail bar in Afitos and it stays open throughout the day. If you fancy a drink after emerging from the sea waters, head for a cooling drink. Once the sunsets, it is the hottest place to get a cocktail in the village.
There are also a number of great restaurants and tavernas in the area to sit down at for a drink. The bars and cafes in the village are incredibly lively, and they offer visitors the perfect place to soak up the local culture.
There are also a variety of beach bars for travellers to pop in and out of. You can sit with your feet in the sand as you knock back a cold drink and listen to some relaxing music.
The shops and markets in and around Afitos are great to explore. Couples can see unique handcrafted goods or hop from boutique to boutique to find something they can't get in any other place. Shop the local stalls for delicious olives and lovely items to take back to your accommodation. There you can have a romantic night in, sampling the treats you bought from the markets.
Sousourada and Sgouros is the place for a romantic dinner for two. This upscale dining option is a great place to eat local food fare, and the great atmosphere provides an outstanding evening out. Follow up a fine Greek meal with a shot of ouzo or a cold beer from one of the bars or tavernas around Afitos. Sip a Metaxa brandy as you sit under the stars on a terrace that overlooks the sea. Bliss!
Culture and history are everywhere on a holiday in Afitos. The village and surrounding area play host to several festivals throughout the year, and you can experience them during your stay. One of the most popular festivals is the Kassandra Festival. Taking place in Siviri, the festival is a mix of music, dance, film and theatre.
In late August, Agios Mamas takes place with over 200,000 visitors taking part in the famous fair. The Sani Festival is another of the region's great celebrations. Musicians and singers from all over the world participate in Sani Festival and the late July celebration is a great way to sample the local culture and traditions.
A holiday in Afitos is calling your name, and this Greek getaway is all yours in 2017.