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The central peninsula of Chalkidiki, Sithonia, is famous for its natural beauty, its tropical coasts and the archaeological as well as historical interest of its areas. It’s a very popular destination since the diversity of the scenery satisfies all visitors' preferences. The area offers a splendid combination of a mountainous and sea landscape, popular beaches and virgin, isolated coasts as well as wide sandy beaches with picturesque small coves. There are big hotels with cosy rooms to let or even camping areas, cosmopolitan restaurants and traditional fish taverns.

Sithonia, despite its tourist development, has not lost its natural beauty that the dense forest vegetation and green blue waters lend to the area. While moving in the southern part of the peninsula, in Toroni’s Municipality, more unexplored and wild beaches appear that together with the small ports and picturesque coastal villages constitute an exquisitely incomparable landscape.

Sarti belongs to Toroni’s Municipality and is situated 140 klm. away from Thessaloniki. The village of Sarti was founded by refugees after Asia Minor’s catastrophe. Firstly, it was named Nea Afisia. The current name of the village, Sarti, has its origin to the King Sartio or Sarti. This king lived in this area and created a city, Sartoupolis which was eventually sunk.

The beach of Sarti is very popular for winning the Blue Flag award for many years. It was also one of the best ten beaches of Greece in a national vote on internet (www.thalassa.gr). In Sarti, you can enjoy its crystal clear sea waters and golden sandy beach as well as the water sports offered, since the area provides special installations for windsurfing, water-ski, banana etc. Close to Sarti, long beaches with vivid beach bars, isolated coves with green blue waters and pine trees leaning on them give you a picture of idyllic scenery (Kavourotripes, Portokali, Platanitsi, Achlada, Armenistis etc.)

Sarti offers small hotel complexes and rooms for rent as well as a public camping area that lies next to Platanitsi coast. Restaurants and fish taverns present a wide variety of local tastes and coffee houses invite you to enjoy your coffee relishing the view of crystal blue waters. A walk to Xiropotamos Monastery featuring the picturesque Saint George’s chapel will transfer you to another era. Don’t miss visiting the old school which is a beautiful stone building.

Furthermore, you can make a trip around Mount Athos by boats you can find in the area.