Summer escape to Ormos Panagias

Ormos Panagias, is one of the most visited vacation places in the Chalkidiki region, Greece. It is a small village located on the east coast of Sithonia, close to a number of beautiful beaches. A lot of people choose to have their vacation here, because it’s a really peaceful place. I personally choose it not only because of that but because it’s also a short 2.30 hours drive from my home town of Blagoevgrad.

However, if you decide to plan a weekend visit it might not be the best choice since many from Thessaloniki and also a lot of Bulgarians, Macedonians and Romanians go there for the weekend and traffic can sometimes be really bad, especially so on Friday evening and Saturday morning. So if you want to avoid this, I would recommend you a visit during the working week days.

The village is located at about 100 kilometers from Thessaloniki airport so going there by plane is also an option. You can take a bus or even rent a car from the airport and enjoy your vacation.

The last time I visited, we stayed in a hotel called Barbagiannis House. The hotel is really small, it’s basically a three – storey house, but it’s location is great! It’s just next to the sea. From our room we were able to enjoy the sound of the crushing waves. Also it is located no more than a 10 minutes walk to the center of the village and on the other side there is a huge beach, Trani Ammouda Beach with nice sand and crystal clear water.

Pavel Angelov on Trani Ammouda Beach

If you are looking for some more ….. exotic beaches, just travel by car for about 15 kilometers south and you will reach the famous Orange Beach.

In the evening you can go the center of the village and enjoy some fresh sea food, as you know I love sea food and that’s one reason I love Greece so much, I can always have fresh octopus and fish there. Or maybe you don’t feel hungry and just want to indulge with some cocktails and ice cream on the edge of the sea like we did.

Cocktails in Ormos Panagias

The hotel I mentioned has an amazing pool on the edge of the sea and as we came we dived into the warm waters to enjoy a night swim. As it was in the middle of August the water temperature was just perfect! Actually that time of the year it is even warmer than the air temperature during the night.

Barbagiannis House pool during night

The best part of a visit to Ormos Panagias is that the prices are really reasonable. Of course there are some very expensive places, but most of them aren’t and you will be able to get good value for your money.  As it is also easily accessible it makes it a great recommended destination for people of the Balkan countries and even internationally.

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