Toroni of Halkidiki
This small village, with its glorious history, gave its name to Toroneos Bay and played an important role in Greek history.
Today, the village is a small settlement extended along the beautiful beach.
According to mythology, Toroni was the wife of the sea demon Proteus the son of Neptune, and mother of two children Polygonas and Tilegonas who challenged Hercules to wrestle with them, when the hero returned from the country of the Amazons. Hercules, of course, defeated and killed them.
The city was colonized by Halcis at the end of the 8th BC century. In 480 BC was forced to help Xerxes in his campaign against the South Greece. Then Midikas joined the First Athenian Alliance. Defected in 424 BC and joined Brasidas, the Spartan general, but throughout the course of the Peloponnesian War was the apple of discord between the Athenians and Spartans, and that is because Thucydides mentions it often.
In 348 BC it was conquered by Philip II of Macedonia. In 168 BC, after the battle of Pydna and the dissolution of Macedonian kingdom, the Romans invaded it. The ancient city was one of the largest and richest cities of Halkidiki.
During the first Byzantine period, the city was declined. The 14th AD century, the whole area was already a part of the monasteries of Mount Athos (Agion Oros).
In the classical period, the city had two citadels, one to the south, near the highest part of it, and another in Lykithos, the small fortified peninsula near the port. Lykithos was fortified and the Roman and the Byzantine times.
The fortifications of the city - towers and walls of a certain height - were survived in a good condition by the end of the last century when the material was used as blocks to clad the streets of Istanbul and Thessaloniki. Today, only a few traces of their foundations are visible.
Sightseeing - Archaeological Sites:
The Early Christian church of St. Athanasios. It was built in the 5th AD century and it is an aisled basilica. It destroyed by a fire in the 6th AD century and another church was built on its traces, which also destroyed. Today, the mosaic of the middle aisle is preserved in a good condition.
Toroni is 145 km far from Thessaloniki.
For your stay in Halkidiki, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Toroni, 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.
You can access Halkidiki by car through the road network.
The best way to explore the area is to have your own car and is worth to visit places that are not accesible by the local public transport and tours.
Moving around within Halkidiki is made possible by using the bus from Halkidiki, with regular routes between areas.
The airline connection of Halkidiki is via the "Macedonia" airport.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.