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Afytos – Athytos, Halkidiki

Afytos - Athytos is located on Cassandra peninsula and is a benchmark for any visitor in this beautiful area of Halkidiki, not only for its rich history but also for its important features of the current settlement.
Old stone houses, fine examples of local architecture and narrow streets, give a special color and a special character to the village of Afytos.

Its position, almost in the center of Cassandra, makes it an excellent base for excursions throughout peninsula with its stunning beaches and the natural beauty.

Athytos of painters, Athytos of its people, who love and dream of it. Its distinctive position with the endless views to Toroneo, the architecture of its houses, the benevolent and sometimes "archaic" inhabitants.
Athytos, the third largest village after the isthmus of Potidea, lies on the same site from 3000 BC at least.

The ancient Afytis was an important city of Pallini and is mentioned by the ancient authors (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Aristotle, Pausanias, Strabo, etc.). The temple of Dionysus (8th century BC) and the Temple of Ammon Zeus (4th century BC) contributed essentially to its reputation in antiquity. It was a prosperous city during the archaic and classical times. It had its own currency, which bore the head of its protector, Ammon Zeus.

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During the revolution of 1821, it had a strong present with fighting and casualties. After the destruction, the villagers scattered in various safer areas. Around 1827, after the returning of fugitives, Athytos was, for many years, the head village of Cassandra.

Intense building activity occurs from mid-19th century. In 1859 St. Dimitrios was built, a three -aisled basilica with a dome, the jewel of the village in the center of the square. It is worth observing the unique architecture of the church, the old icons and the reliefs outside the south wall.
Also, it is worth walking across the large churches that followed it (St. George 1867, Assumption 1885 – St. Athanasios – St. Nickolas).

Notable features are the old stone houses with the inscriptions and their reliefs (1860 Katsanis, 1864 Papavassiliou, 1876 Galani, 1889 Aletras, 1898 Athanasiadis, etc.). At the home of Aletras in the central square operates a folklore museum, where farm implements, household utensils and pottery are exhibited.

From the square, the road leads you to Vrachos, the balcony of the village, where you can see Toroneo, Sithonia opposite Cassandra. Then, you can ascent to Koutsomylos, the windswept Athytos citadel, with its panoramic views.

The visitor is denatured as he walks in the cobbled streets of Athytos, following the Aegean walk of Elytis, and he may swim in the blue Athytian Sea, in Varkes, Punta, in Liossi, in Daphne.
Many cultural events take place throughout the summer, which are organized by the people of Athytos with care and responsibility, and make Athytos a key reference point for tourists in Halkidiki.

Information - Photos: Prefecture of Halkidiki

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In Afytos - Athytos, as well as in many other areas of Halkidiki, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.



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