Chalkidiki is a peninsula which is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions in Northern Greece. It is known for its numerous small towns and villages constantly crowded with thousands of tourists, especially during summer.
Nevertheless, no place in Chalkidiki could ever compare to the charming Afytos.
If I have to define Afytos in one short sentence I would say that Afytos is a magical combination of the endlessly blue Aegean, the timeless Mediterranean architecture and an unusual island-feel.
And if that’s not enough for you to understand why I fell in love at first sight with this charming Greek village and why I think you should visit it too, here are 5 other reasons:
It has a character.
Unlike other places situated on Chalkidiki, which are simple contemporary touristic summer destinations with a bunch of hotels and discos, Afytos has a rather traditional character. It has the force to take you back in time and convenience that no combination could be as good as a crystal clear blue sea and the timeless Mediterranean architecture.
Cats rule the place.
You can go to eat some gyro and chances are there will be the restaurant’s cat sleeping under your table or meowing you to share your gyro with them. You can go to buy some souvenir and again – chances are a cat would be drawn on it. Cats truly rule Afytos and as a cat person that’s a huge reason why I got to love this stunning little village.
Sometimes it feels like if you are in Santorini.
I still haven’t been in Santorini, not yet, but we all know that blue-white cityscape which made us all dream about visiting Santorini again. Built right above the Toroneos Gulf, Afytos definitely feels like an island even though it’s not, yet that’s not the only reason why you would think that it is. Some houses have that traditional Santorini look which is simply impossible to ignore.
Locals seem to be very artistic.
Hand-painted flowerpots portraying the beauty of the place, sculptures of some ancient Greek gods or warriors, houses made of local stone made by sand and shells – locals seem to love art and are not afraid to express their artistic skills all around the village. In fact, I could even say that the entire place seems to be like an indoor art gallery and who could not love that?!
Its tranquility is priceless.
I am one of those people who appreciate tranquility more than anything else. And Afytos has plenty of it. Yet, there are a lot of tourists admiring the beauty of the place, but it still is not as crowded as other places in Greece. It is simply calm, serene and worry-free!
Photos credit: ©TheDestinationship, 2019