Nea Skioni is a traditional fishing village on the west coast of Kassandra in Halkidiki, which is actually orientated south owing to the easterly curve towards the tip of the peninsula. The village has a long history dating back to ancient times, when it was known simply as Skioni but was located further inland on higher ground. The original site can be found signposted off the main road and you can take a walk up the hillside to see and stand where the old town once lay. Nowadays the village is located directly on the coast with a 2011 census population of 850 and has become known as Nea Skioni which translates in English as 'New Skioni'.
Nea Skioni is approximately 98 km from the international airport 'Makedonia' in Thessaloniki, which is an easy drive of just over an 1 hour by car. It lies 5km south of Mola Kaliva and it is only a further 5km to Loutra, where visitors have the opportunity to use the highly regarded thermal spa of Kassandra. There is also a mountain road of about 7km which runs over the peninsula between Nea Skioni and Hanioti, connecting the west with the east coast so Nea Skioni is very well located for easy access to the more lively resorts on the other side should visitors like to sample more action and nightlife during the summer.
Nea Skioni is a pretty, traditional coastal village that has has been sympathetically touched by tourism and is characterised by its waterfront and harbour. It is lovely safe place for young families but also popular with others who appreciate a more relaxing resort with a natural beauty and authentic Greek character. This is one of the resorts in Kassandra where you can find a small permanent community with life and people going about their daily activities all year round. There are a good selection of supermarkets, fishmongers, butchers, bakeries, restaurants/tavernas, cafes/bars, a pharmacy, souvenir shops, hairdressers, hardware stores and a beauty salon most of which also open out of season. One of the many reasons people visit Nea Skioni is to buy the fresh natural products which are super healthy and delicious! Local people are mostly fisherman, beekeepers or work in agriculture and many sell their produce directly to the public. In the village you will see many handmade signs advertising foodstuff such as olive oil, olives, feta cheese and honey for sale. At certain times of day all year round you can also buy fresh fish and seafood straight off the boats in the dock. You simply can't find better quality than buying direct!
The sea is more open on this side of the peninsula and therefore the beaches can have more pebbles depending on the weather over the winter months but the centre of Nea Skioni always has is a wide section of perfectly sandy beach with a children's play area and volleyball pitch. The cafes and tavernas directly on the beachfront provide sunbeds and parasols for customers when you buy refreshments. The main beach stretches a good 500m further up the coast where there are plenty of quieter places in the height of the summer to swim and sunbathe. On the other side of the harbour there is a smaller organised beach cove with a beach bar where you can get drinks and light snacks.
There are many different places to stay on a trip to Nea Skioni. Accommodation options include a couple of large spa hotel resorts on the outskirts, several hotels built on the hillside with spectacular sea views and in the centre there are a few 3* hotels as well as various self-catering studio and one or two bedroom apartments. Alternatively, larger parties or those looking for somewhere more private could rent a luxury fully equipped villa on the seafront close to Nea Skioni, short term or for the whole summer season.
The local property market is a little limited because the village has not been overdeveloped and therefore it is a highly sought after resort especially with buyers looking for somewhere suitable for permanent living. Generally on offer there are studio, one or two bedroom apartments, three bedroom maisonettes and traditional style stone villas.
The harbour is definitely central to the resort of Nea Skioni and it is a bustling hive of activity during the summer. It is an attractive, well maintained harbour and popular mooring area for fishermen but also provides berthing for private sailboats,motor boats and yachts etc. This is actually the last port and stop on the mainland before the Sporades islands, which can be reached in just 40 nautical miles. There are also several companies operating out of Nea Skioni harbour that charter yachts for sailing holidays.
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