One of three peninsulas that extend to the south of Thessaloniki, Kassandra lies between the Toroneos Gulf and the Aegean Sea. In ancient times, it was known as Pallene and is said to have been the site of a conflict between the Olympian gods and the earthborn “Giants”. The Kassandra Peninsula was once dominated by agriculture before the arrival of tourism following World War II.
Things to do in Kassándra
Stunning beaches, traditional villages and impressive historical landmarks - the Kassandra Peninsula has it all.
Visit Possidi Lighthouse. Constructed in 1864, this whitewashed lighthouse rises at the end of Possidi Beach on the south-west coast of the Kassandra Peninsula. Pine trees frame the tower and there is a picturesque flower garden at its base. A short stroll from the lighthouse are the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon. Combine your visit with a swim from the golden sands that extend on both sides of Possidi Cape.
Explore the village of Afitos. Overlooking the Toroneos Gulf is the atmospheric village of Afitos, which is clustered with stone buildings that include the 19th-century church of Agios Dimitrios. Cobblestone streets radiate from the main square while traditional Macedonian restaurants hug the nearby cliffs. Visit the Folklore Museum of Afitos, where you’ll find locally crafted ceramics, textiles and artworks.
Soak in the thermal springs of Agia Paraskevi. South-east of the Kassandra Peninsula is the tiny village of Agia Paraskevi, which is famed for its therapeutic hot springs. Rejuvenate in the modern spa that overlooks the Aegean Sea and take advantage of the heated pools, saunas and hammam. Admire the beautiful paintings that decorate the Orthodox church of Agia Paraskevi before dining on local specialties at one of the traditional village tavernas.
Getting around Kassándra
The Kassandra Peninsula is around an hour’s drive from Thessaloniki and 40 minutes from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia, which has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Buses connect to towns and villages across the Kassandra Peninsula, although renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the region.