Nea Iraklitsa is a small town that belongs to the municipality of Pangea and Kavala prefecture and is located in the western part of the bay, just 13km before Kavala. From Thessaloniki is approximately 155km.
Place was created by populating refugees from Asia Minor from town Iraklitsa after World War II and for many years it was just a small settlement with dilapidated houses and poor people. But as tourism grew, so did the Nea Iraklitsa transformed, primarily because of beautiful beach in the village and a little beyond. Nea Iraklitsa is a very nice tourist spot that has even a small marina, villas for rent, hotels, taverns, beach bars and shops in large numbers.
The place has just over 1000 residents.
Nea Iraklitsa has a long sandy beach of about 2000m. Villas and hotels are arranged along the beach, and you can choose whether you want to be in the center where the residential area and the marina are, or on the left side of the beach closer to the Kavala.
We were very pleasantly surprised by this town. Small and picturesque, with beautiful shoreline, it is dotted with traditional restaurants - taverns and trendy bars, bakeries, candy shops and stores. Besides the beach, there are children's toys, slides, swings, and the beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and volleyball on the sand...
Left part of the beach, looking towards the sea, has organized large parking, yacht club and sports facilities, and there is also a large supermarket Lidl.
From small peninsula located next to the marina, you can catch a nice view of the entire bay on one side and the beach Remvi on the other side. There is a small chapel dedicated to Saint Marina which was built by an association of fishermen from Nea Iraklitsa.
Nea Iraklitsa is famous in the Orthodox world for the miraculous icon of the Holy Virgin of Revelation (Faneromeni) painted by the Apostle Luke, and found in Iraklitsa in Turkey and moved to Nea Iraklitsa with refugees in 1922. and then transferred to the Mt. Athos. People of Nea Iraklitsa lobbied successfully its return in 1932. The icon is miraculous and healing. In the same church are kept relics (the skull) of St. Haralampije.
As I already mentioned the beach in Nea Iraklitsa is very long, about 2 km and is largely organized, sandy, wide and with a gradual depth. Since 2007. it bears a blue flag. The water is crystal clear and the beach is one of the best in the prefecture of Kavala. Behind the marine and the peninsula there is another, hidden, smaller beach Remvi, where the water is clear even in the high season when most beaches due to high temperature and crowd gets dirty. You can explore surroundings of beach Remvi by yourself and find some wild, small bays where you can be alone.
At only 5km from Nea Iraklitsa is one of the best, if not the most beautiful beach in northern Greece, Amolofi, and within a range of 10km left and right of Nea Iraklitsa there are many other beautiful beaches such as the Palio, Mpatis, Kalamitsi, Kargiani.
Nea Iraklitsa is the ideal choice for those who want a small, quiet resort, no fancy amenities and nightlife. At the same time, it would suit those who want to be close to a larger city, such as Kavala where they can get after a 10 minute drive, to go shopping or partying and return to the peace and relaxation. Thessaloniki is also close. An hour and a half drive.
Near is the mountain Pangea with excellent track trails, which peak can be reached by car. There are seven monasteries on it, the river Nestos and Strimoniko, Kavala with the old town and the famous archaeological site Filipi, even Thassos can be reached for a one day trip.