If you know me, you know how much I love summer – being outside, meeting friends and going to the beach. What’s not to love? I still refuse to accept the fact that summer is over. My tan lines start to fade and no good summer fruit is to be found in the store anymore. But what I’ve got is all those amazing summer memories, those moments that I will keep coming back to.
Today I take you to a Greek village I love returning to whenever I get a chance. It’s one of the places that for me feel like home. The name is Afytos and it is located in Chalkidiki, in the north of the Kassandra peninsula and also the north of Greece. It is a village about an hour drive from the airport in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. All around the country you can find such authentic and picturesque villages that will really make a lasting impression.
Afytos is quite small but what I love is the combination of romantic views, beautiful beach with clear blue water, amazing bars and restaurants, cute traditional stone houses and good people. Afytos is on the edge of a hill with a breath-taking view over the Aegean Sea and to the Sithonia peninsula right across. If you are ever in the area, it is definitely worth a visit.
My walk around the centre takes about 30 minutes (mostly because I take pictures, so cut that in half). I walk through the stone-paved narrow streets, around the authentic taverns, beautiful cafes and flower-decorated gardens. The summer feeling is all around. On my way I greet the locals I met during my previous visits in Afytos. Passing the museum and the town hall building I arrive at the square where the beautiful Agios Dimitrios church is in front of me. I light a candle and leave the charming square behind, walking towards the edge of the village at the side of the sea where people sit in the evening enjoying a glass of wine, a tasty dish and a romantic view over the Aegean. I choose a table and leave the tavern completely full. It’s time for a traditional dance. I don’t make it too late because I have planned a full day at the beach with snorkelling in the morning. Because as I like to say – life is better in a bikini.