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Afitos is a small, rustic resort that’s perfect for a couple’s getaway or slow-paced family holiday. Stunningly picturesque, it’s located on the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki on the Greek mainland very close to the much livelier Kallithea.
The area is packed with natural beauty and visitors can enjoy the small bay made up of two golden sandy beaches, as well as several secluded coves. The waterfront also plays host to a modest selection of relaxed tavernas, restaurants and cafes, whilst the main cobbled village offers an idyllic backdrop for a quiet drink in a traditional taverna or café. Accommodation here ranges from small boutique hotels and self-catering apartments to beautiful rustic villas so why not choose Afitos for your next getaway in the sun.
Where to stay
Central Afitos Village
Time seems to stand still at Afitos, complete with a delightful church (Agios Dimitrios) built in 1859, a number of little shops and a folklore museum. Here you can marvel at the amazing photographs, carpenter’s tools and old costumes on display, all of which have been donated by generations of local folk living here. The village itself is on a hillside with a bit of walk down to the main beach about 1km away, but there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas to take shade under when you get there. The water here is crystal clear and wonderfully shallow, so is perfect for non-swimmers and small children. Options for accommodation are mainly on the road down to the shoreline and include several apartments, mid-range low key hotels and some villas.
Around a half an hour away from Afitos centre, Nea Moudania is a beautiful little village that hosts the area’s largest market every Wednesday morning. Self-catering apartments and stunning traditional villas are typical of stays in Nea Moudania, perfect for completely switching off with a good book. The soft sand beach and turquoise sea are out of this world so don’t forget to pack your swimming costume!
Souvenirs can be bought here by the bucket-load, with everything from handwoven textiles and traditional glazed ceramics to delicious Halkidiki honey and olive wood carvings just waiting to be taken home. Work your way round the boldly coloured stalls at your leisure, but get there early as it packs up at noon when the sun is at its fiercest.
What to see
Once you finish relaxing on the beach, it’s well worth exploring this amazing area and taking in the fantastic views. One of the most popular trips to do is a boat ride to Mount Athos (also known as the Holy Mountain) on Halkidiki’s eastern-most peninsula. Full of fascinating 9th-century monasteries that hug the cliffs, the best views really are from the sea. Look out for the massive Simonopetra Monastery, offering a unique glimpse into the hermit lifestyle of the monks who still live there.
The atmosphere in Afitos after dusk is a decidedly laid-back affair, where locals and tourists linger over an after-dinner drink or two whilst chatting away to the local friendly tavern owner. Many head to the relaxed little bars, all of which are very welcoming, to sip an Ouzo or even the odd cocktail. However, for anyone who fancies something a tad more lively, buzzing Kalithea is extremely close by - only around a 5 minute drive away - with its booming dancefloors and neon-lit bars where you can party through the night.
What to eat
The food choices in Afitos are typically locally produced Greek dishes although there are some international favourites dotted around too. When it comes to restaurants, there are many tucked away in pretty backstreets or down in the bay with slow-cooked lamb kleftiko, rich moussaka, baked aubergine and skewered chicken souvlaki just a few of the tempting delights you’ll come across. The hospitality is excellent here, so don’t be surprised if tavern owners are quick to offer you a complimentary glass of Metaxa or Ouzo to kick off your evening.
If sun-kissed cobbled streets flanked with quaint authentic Greek souvenir shops and boutique cafes sounds like your idea of heaven, then Afitos is definitely one for the list. Most shops are located on the streets that run backwards from the beach up towards the village, where the gift shops, bakeries, supermarkets and pharmacies all stay open well into the evening over the summer.
Fast Facts about Afitos
- Direct flight time: 4 hours from London
- Transfer time from Thessaloniki Airport to Afitos: 1 hour
- Time Zone: 2 hours ahead of the UK
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Average price of a domestic beer: €4
- Average price of a bottle of wine: €9
- Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 100,000
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