A well-sculpted, bronzed figure lays belly down, somewhat ungracefully, on a flat rock, roasting in the sun. With no thought of striking a more elegant pose, no hint of showing off, she has surrendered to the moment, as though no one can see her and nothing else matters. Such abandon can only be attributed to the effect that this place has on its lucky visitors. We’re on the eastern coast of Sithonia, 39k from Nikiti, at Kavourotrypes (‘crab holes’), a string of small beaches with pine trees, powder grey-colored rocks and azure waters that lend a tropical note to the landscape. It is the perfect spot for summer vacation fantasies. Its magnificence, of course, comes at a price – hordes of tourists in the summer months – so, if your schedule allows, come during the low season. Another popular area in eastern Sithonia is Vourvourou Bay, about 17k from Nikiti. There are three great swimming spots here: the beach of Vourvourou proper, the sandy cove of Karydi and the Livari Lagoon, with its shallow waters and a sand bar known as Livaropetra that just calls out to sun worshippers. If you’re traveling by boat, it’s worth going the extra mile to the islets of Aghios Isidoros and Diaporos, so close to Sithonia that it’s often hard to see where the mainland ends and these islands begin. Though small, they are true Mediterranean paradises, strewn with the bodies of blissfully happy beachgoers.
Source: GREECE IS | HALKIDIKI | SUMMER 2016