Greece Sithonia Sarti Orange beach
Greece Sithonia Sarti
Let’s go to Greece !
Hungary is landlocked country, no sea connection. To get to either the Italian, Greek or Croatian Adria is a great option, that makes Hungarians fired up. All of these places are awesome. We spent ten days in Greece, Sithonia peninsula, Sarti. We have a chance to travel around, and check what can be seen and things to do there. It is funny we went on an organized bus trip from Hungary. We jumped in the last minute by the invitation of one of my friend so it was truly a last minute trip. It was very funny. To go more than 24 hour on a bus is tiring, especially if you get little older. I managed to sleep on the bus by holding my legs with both of my hands :). Earlier I was in a similar trip to Paris as well, when I was younger. The positive side of this that the trip was dirt cheap let’s say, and we have some company as well to have fun with. This was not my first trip to Greece, formerly I was in Olympic beach, Paralia as well in Athens and checked several other popular places around.
Sithonia is a peninsula at the Northeast part of Greece. Chalkidiki is the name of the big peninsula, at South part the peninsula divided into three parts the names of the smaller peninsulas are Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. We visited Sithonia. Sithonia is the middle one from the three peninsulas. On Athos no settlements, just Monks lives there. See the map below.
We arrived to Sarti beach. It is a small village or town in a flat area with a long sandy beach, a tipical resort town, I guess 95% of the income of the settlement is from tourism, so it is a perfect place for a holiday. We stayed in a two level appartement close to the beach. Regarding food we saw many options at different price levels. I don’t go deep into details of services, there are always something to complain about any place if you focus on those things, this is not a five star hotel like place, but not need to pay so much on the other hand. Small settlement, beautiful nature and sea everywhere, long sandy beach, with some rocks at the two borders. Several restaurants, bike rent possibility, and many other things to enjoy.
Nice shallow water with sand
We arrived in October which is not typical because it is little off season but we have the fortune to get a very nice warm weather even in October. At this part of the year was not so many people there, but we still enjoy our time together.
The settlement has a longish shape following the long sandy beach. The beach looks natural only with a small bar in somewhere in the middle at that time we visited. A hill from Athos is visible from everywhere at this part of the Peninsula, giving a nice background for our photos in clear weather.
Rent a bike
First we rented a bicycle at Sarti. At that time I was more sportsman like, so what we rented a bike and planned to visit the neighboring Orange beach area, with my wife and two friends. We didn’t really realized why so much less bicycle than motorbike at the place where we rented the bicyle, but after struggling a bit upwards it dawned on me, that easier with a motorbike, and not really possible to go easily with a bicycle at certain places, at least for mortals.
When I switched the gear on the bike at one point I thought it is much more effective to walk, than to turn three times the pedal around to advance a foot forward. A single 2 feet step is much more effective and easy. Downwards I liked the bicycle very much though. From Sarti to Orange beach the road follows the beach line, right side the beautiful blue sea, at left side beautiful hills or mountains. When we came with a bus I always had a fear we will falling of the cliffs, as the whole road was like this, but on a bike it wasn’t look so dangerous.
Orange beach why it is orange beach ?
Orange beach is very nice place. No hotels, restaurants or bars at that time at the shore, only the beach with some sunsheds. There is white sand, shallow beautifully colored water, with some stones and the beautiful creatures in the sea. Before the beach area there is a little forested area, where we found a squirrel. Seems it was not a red one but the darker American one. No matter we enjoyed the time there very much. Fantastic place !
My wife loves small creatures very much. She found this interesting creature.
We also found a young tame gull as well. He/She stayed with a couple several hours at the shore, while the couple feeds him/her with bread. After I made several photos about him/her from quite close distances he/she perform some fishing which we thought is a performance for us to enjoy.
The whole region is just beautiful. Nice hills, beautiful blue sea. Nice white and coloured houses, sand. The area hasn’t got a huge population. Most of the settlements are small villages. If you are a photographer hard to finish shooting, so picturesque is everything there.
We visited the following settlements: Sarti, Orange beach, Porto koufo, Marmaras. Mostly we were in Sarti, and started the tours from there. Orange beach is a very beautiful place there not far from Sarti. White sand, fantastic surrounding. To access the beach we go downwards a lot from the main road. At other direction westwards several nice settlements, nice cliffs, beautiful shallow see, the one little different is Porto Koufo. Porto Koufo is situated at the edge of the peninsula, with a gulf, nice fish restaurants. Little farther in this direction Marmaras can be found which is a little bigger place and not so plain like the others but situated in a small hill. It is already on the West part of the peninsula. We went there is October this way we found empty beaches as well. We see lots of small creatures, a big fish wondering around one of the empty beaches.
Things to do
The obvious activites are connected to the beach, swimming, sunbathing, etc. Lots of small sea creatures can be found here and there, if someone like them is interesting activity to study them. A motorbike driving licence comes in handy. Better to choose a bigger, and not so loud bike, can check at the rent place for example in Sarti. We made a mistake to choose a small very loud bike, makes me crazy. We rented a bicycle as well, but on the steep hill roads usually we went on foot. We understand why so much more scooter than motorcycle can be found at the rent place.