"Afitos on the Kassandra Peninsula, Halkidiki" Afitos by nickandchris

Afitos Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 40 photos

Afitos/Afithos/Afytos

A traditional town on the east coast of Kassandra on Halkidiki.
We visited in May 1990 and 1991 and it was reasonably quiet then.
There is a preservation order on the centre of the town, disallowing new building works. This is a good thing having seen some of the resorts further down the coast, all built up and pretty horrendous.
The town tumbles down the hill and ends on a cliff top with good sea views. Most of the buildings are fairly old and red roofed and give the town an attractive element.

The Place

There were a reasonable amount of tavernas in 1991 but I expect there will be many more now. Some were traditional, which we preferred and others catered for those who liked international food. Generally, if you ate where the Greeks were, you were on to a good thing. One night we made the mistake of eating at a place that was serving all sorts of fancy stuff and it was dreadful. Totally tasteless and expensive. Apparently this place was owned by a Dutchman who was out for a quick kill (so we were informed by a Greek!!)
The streets around the square are closed to traffic in the evenings so it's quite pleasant wandering around, deciding where and what to eat.
There is plenty of accommodation although a lot is given over to package holidays of all nationalities. I know Thomson stay here, on the British side, but who else, I'm not sure.

Beaches

Afitos has two beaches, both a good 10 min. steep walk downhill (of course uphill on the return!!!) On the walk down you'll pass water pouring from the cliff-face from natural springs. The wild flowers are beautiful and very colourful.
The main beach, where most people seemed to land on, was beautifully sandy but had a rocky reef running out to sea which made swimming a bit tricky. There was a big hotel complex slap bang on the beach here with it's own swimming pool, open to the public. Not our scene so we opted for the smaller beach to the left at the bottom of the hill. We called it Fisherman's Beach as there were boats moored and on the beach. It was wonderfully quiet and often we were the only people on the beach. There was one ethnic, closed taverna so it was very peaceful.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Preservation order on centre
  • Cons:Package holiday country
  • In a nutshell:More authentic Greece than the other Kassandra resorts....
  • Last visit to Afitos: May 1991
  • Intro Updated Nov 24, 2005
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    The kitty was the acting ambassador to Afitos! Of course he is expected to take the best places of the house...lol! Lovely page!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    We are thinking of a trip here-maybe. Thanks for the insight of this place, and I will visit others later. Nice job of picture taking and comments.

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Nice place indeed. We have spent few days around in june 2009 and the place is lovely. The center seems to be still the same as 18 years ago... and stii looking lovely.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Good page with a lot of interestinf tips! I never had to cross any ford in Greece, they were all dry, haha!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Wonderful and quiet place to have a rest by the sea. I hope it hasn't been spoiled since 1991... Thanks Christine for sharing.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 7:34 AM

    Great page with personal details. Must be adventurous driving across flooded routes. Never tried Greek pizzas nor roasted chicken b4, now I hope to. Cheers, SL :)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Nice page on Afitos = they really invite you with the sunshine!

  • AlbaniaLover's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2006 at 1:39 AM

    Wow nice pages, i have been to Hanioti which is just down the road from here...

  • gale.blog.pl's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2006 at 10:04 AM

    Very warm comments about this less know Greek destination. I also loved your pictures bringing back good memories from tiny Greek villages :)

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