Originally Posted by Palarran
I'm hoping some of you Med sailors can give me some information about the Chalkidiki region and the two peninsulas available to cruise
. My family
has 4 weeks to leave from Rafina and return to Paros. I had planned on heading up Evia and then to the Sporades. From there we would go over to the North Aegean islands, down to Fourni, then back west to Paros.
Looking at Google Earth
, the Sithonia Peninsula really looks beautiful and if we don't get there this year, it likely won't ever happen. Would you trade 5 to 7 days in this area over Lesvos, Chios, and Ikaria
I'm kind of thinking:
Rafina to Skiathos - 5 days
Skiathos to Kyra Panagia - 10 days
Kyra Panagia to Sithonia - 6 days
Sithonia to Paros - 6 days via Skyros, Andros, Tinos
Kyra Panagia to Limnos then down to Ikaria/Fourni - 12 days.
The distances aren't great so really anything is possible but if anyone has "must see's and do's" I'd appreciate hearing them
We visited Sithonia Peninsula and the northern part of Athos several summers back. If I had not previously visited Lesbos and Chios I would not trade them for the Chalkidiki peninsulas. Ikaria I would skip - it blew 40+ knots unrelentingly there several years ago while the surrounding islands were dramatically less affected. I think Icarus's wings blew off, not melted off there
Fourni and Chios are two of my all time favourite Aegean islands.
The Sithonia area is mainland, so it is readily accessible by all Europeans and their runabouts. This lends quite a different flavour with a high number of tourists and daytrippers in certain areas. The northern region had little wind
(no meltemi). This may be viewed as a positive or negative
. The south eastern side of Sithonia was affected by truly nasty swell rolling in from around the tip of Athos.
The overwhelming highlight for me was anchoring
just north of the anchorage shown on the northern edge of Ouranoupoli. Crystal clear aqua water
. Access to lots of tavernas via a short dinghy
ride, but total privacy otherwise. The history
is fascinating. If visiting, read a bit about the Byzantine tower and last occupants (an Aussie/British couple who took up residence at the time a settlement for relocation of Turkish Greeks was established in the 1920's). If you can gain access visit the tower and check out the rugs. Long story about them.
If you do plan to visit the area I can provide you with more info.