Sarti Pictures, Sithonia East Coast
ladies on Sarti beach contemplating what goes on in Greece's Athos
peninsula, from which women are prohibited.
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Halkidiki is a rural fist striking out
into the north Aegean Sea with three fingers.
These fingers are, from the south heading north, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos.
Access to all three is usually via Greece's second city, Thessaloniki,
an hour or three by bus or car on good roads, depending on the destination. Halkidiki is also known as Chalkidiki or Chalcidice.
Kassandra (80km/50miles from Thessaloniki) is the easiest to
get to and around and has suffered package resort over-development overload
as a consequence. If you're a package person then Kassandra may
suit you, but it's hardly a Greece paradise.
The prettier, less developed finger of Sithonia (150km/94miles from Thessaloniki) is further but
offers quiet roads winding past tiny turquoise
bays, endless pine trees and clusters of beehives.
The last Halkidiki finger is Athos, the lower part of which is a self-governing state of 20 monasteries where there are
no hotels, no females unless you count chickens and only 10 male
foreigners a day can get permits to enter.
The upper/western part of Athos has some good beaches that have
unfortunately been terminally infected by that terrible plague
- packagus resortius.
Mount Athos, at over 2,000m high is clearly visible from much of
Sithonia. More Halkidiki Information.
Sarti is a friendly, comfortable little town in the south of the Greece's
Sithonia Peninsular in Halkidiki. The beach is not as wonderful as some down the
road a few miles, but those don't have a selection of bars, restaurants,
shops or accommodation. The sand here is generally a little coarse
and the sea - fanned by a steady breeze - can be choppy, but experienced
travellers who are in the mood for the perfect beach will simply jump
on their scooters and head off for the day. More Sarti information.
A Sarti village apartment (domatio) view. Now that's what I'm talking about! A room with a view at the right price.
A long view of Sarti town and beach.
Sarti beach southerly and more sandy end. i.e. opposite the photo above.
A lovely little classic Sarti cottage which is unlikely to still exist by the time you see this. But hope.
A quiet and familiar night on Sarti's main street in the evening. Next, more Halkidiki Pictures...
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