The third ‘leg’ of the Halkidiki Tourism Promotion Visit reaches Kassandra. Rita Koniali (from Kassandra Municipality) showed some of her and the regions best places to visit, particularly in Nea Fokea and Afytos. The sites included Sanctuary of Zeus Ammon, Byzantine Tower of St Paul and Crypt of Apostle Paul. The crypt is a great little adventure, as you have to crawl down the narrow tunnel (which was his hiding place) to get to a small alter, but it means people can bless themselves in the natural spring opening (holy water).
The village square, which is not far away, is a lovely looking area with traditional buildings, monuments and restaurants. One particular restaurant, Masalia, is extremely popular as it grows some of its own food and sources the rest from local suppliers. This was a great location to have a business lunch with Rita and Maria Papadimitriou, who is responsible for the tourism promotion in the region.
A great way to finish the day was in Aftos, which is the most popular area for tourists. The houses, shops and restaurants are ‘protected’ so that the area cannot grow past its present boundary and the buildings must remain of traditional design. It extends to the edge of ‘the rock’ as it is known, where there is a promenade full of restaurants, all with stunning views of the Toroneos Gulf.
One of the best hotels in the region is the Blue Bay Hotel, with its; pool, spa, balcony’s with sea views, high quality rooms, excellent restaurant and top class customer service.
This region is growing as a Wedding Destination, as it has stunning views, brilliant beaches, perfect weather, quality food and drink. The best part is that the Municipality deal with all the official parts and do it in a very personal and professional way (that’s another one of Rita’s jobs).
Everyone in this region has a genuine love for it and wants to show it off to the world and you can see why, so go and see why for yourselves.