Pefkohori is the most popular tourist resort on Kassandra and a place with the longest tradition in tourism. It’s located on the east coast, just over 700km away from Belgrade.
Its name means “a place with lots of pine trees”, which was unfortunately quite damaged in a recent fire. Above the main road is old Pefkohori where most residents live. It’s characterized by narrow streets. It’s worth visiting the old square that takes back in time with its appearance and atmosphere. The bigger (touristic) part of the new Pefkohori is located below the main road, although the city is rapidly expanding upwards as well. This part of Pefkohori has two large parallel streets, one is the main road and the other is promenade by the sea.
The beach is very long and mostly narrow, and slightly broader on the edges. Basically with small pebbles, the sea is clean and the depth is gradual. Pefkohori is very well visited, so in high season the main beach is crowded, as well as the promenade that’s full of restaurants, taverns, bars and shops, as well as tourists. Deck chairs are usually included with drink, still there’s a free space for visitors with their own equipment. Despite the crowd, water is usually clear and transparent, without grass and jellyfish. The rightmost part of the beach has a little natural shade.
The main street, actually highway that runs through Pefkohori, is filled with stores, souvenir shops, bakeries and various agencies.
Coffee shops work mainly until shortly after midnight, and then the young go to a few nightclubs that run all night. The most popular nightclub for our tourists is Bombo. Popular night clubs are mainly located in the northern part of the city.
Pefkohori has several private infirmaries, pharmacies, rent-a-car agencies, post office, the amusement park for children, grocery stores with fresh fruit and vegetables, well-supplied supermarkets and shops that offer service of baking dishes. Gyros cost about 2,5e depending on a shop, and the most famous pizzeria is Capri, located on the main street (the highway) and famous for its low prices.
There’s a lot of small markets, are two large supermarkets Sklavenitis (former Marinopoulos) and Masoutis at the entrance to the city.
On the main road, there’s a bus stop where you can take a bus to visit other places on Kassandra, and through local travel agencies, you can go on trips to Sithonia, Kelyfos island, Mount Athos or the most beautiful beaches on Kassandra, either by boat or bus. Also, you can visit the most beautiful beach in the region, Xenia (Chrousso).
If you came to Kassandra by car, then be sure to visit Kallithea (19km), the centre of nightlife on Kassandra and a place with fantastic city beach with a beautiful sea and very fine sand. For a change, in the evening you can visit beautiful Hanioti (4km) or Polihcrono (8km). You should visit Afytos (22km), the most authentic place on Kassandra. You can visit Afytos on the same day as Kallithea because they are close to each other. If you want, you can also visit Thessaloniki (112km), excellent for shopping and entertainment (Waterland aquapark, planetarium).
Pefkohori provides all the possibilities for eventful vacation, even for the most demanding tourists. The only downside is the narrow and mostly overcrowded beach. All in all, it’s a good choice for those who like a lively town, always crowded promenade, beach, restaurants and outdoor cafes, a patchwork of everything, and for avoiding if you want a peaceful holiday in the fishing village and relaxation on the less-visited beaches.
Visit the following link for the complete list of accommodations in Pefkohori.
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