We stay several nights in the Hotel Stamos* in Afytos, an ideal initial starting point for our day trips. One of these day trips is a round trip across the Kassandra peninsula.
Our tour leads us south along the east coast. But this part of the peninsula is primarily dominated by weekend houses of the Greeks from Athens or Thessaloniki. So there are only a few opportunities to get to the sea.
In the south, we drive to the west shore and arrive at a vantage point, shortly before the village entrance of Loutra.
Here, the coast drops steeply into the sea. Only small sandy bays invite you to swim. The bays get wider only at the exit of the village of Loutra.
At the pretty little church Panagia Faneromeni we make a short stop.
Inside we admire the marvelous frescoes and icons. The church dates back to the 16th century. This sanctuary is connected with the legend about a floating marble stone with the icon of Madonna.
On the way north, we visit the beach of Posidi and enjoy the lovely surroundings, the sandy beach, and the clear water.
Via Skala Fourkas, Sivin, Kassandra we reach Kalithea. Not least because of the many places to stay, Kalithea is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Halkidiki during the summer.
We pass the mighty church of Saint Panteleimon (Enoriakos). After about 3 km we are back in Afytos.
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