The village is perched on the green slopes of a mountainside, 52 km south east of Poligiros, the capital of Halkidiki. In this attractive village there are some fine taverns and accommodation options. There is also a folklore museum and a distillery, in which wine and tsipouro (Greek alcoholic beverage) are produced. The locals work hard in order to preserve the traditional elements of their village, such as architecture, culture and natural beauty. The Parthenon is characterized as a traditional settlement of the Municipality of Sithonia and it is at an altitude of 320 m. During the Byzantine years, the wider area was a metochi of the monastery of Kostamonitou. The village was founded in the late 17th century. The inhabitants of the Parthenon participated in the revolution of 1821, highlighting important fighters, such as Basilis Ioannou and Ioannis Argyris.
Another village you should definitely visit while on your stay in Halkidiki is Taxiarchis. It is about 50 km away from Vourvourou on the northeastern side of the mainland. The village is built in between four natural springs while areas nearby include the mountain of Cholomonta and the village of Vrastama, which is also worth visiting. The village has been burnt down by the Turks during the Greek Revolution of Independence in 1820 but managed to get liberated in 1921. In the main square, you will find cafes, restaurants and the elementary school which is also the main meeting place for locals. The village has been named after Archangel Michael who is the patron of the village and is celebrated on the 8th of November. Mushrooms, potatoes and beans are among the most famous products of the area. Taxiarchis has been characterized as remarkable; it attracts the visitor with its church, its museum and its preserved buildings, chapels, old mansions, narrow streets, taps (Tsipoutooura and Kato Pigadi), festivals and feasts. Let us wish the development is of a mild form with respect to the environment, the traditional activities of the inhabitants and the culture.
If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then this is the place for you! And if it is peace and quiet you’re after, take to the hills for a visit to the Old town of Nikiti, a lovely traditional village that retains an air of romantic nostalgia by being quaint without being too schmaltzy, featuring stone Macedonian houses with blossom-filled balconies and courtyards. The old village Nikiti is a charming traditional settlement just across the road from the new part. Here, walking on narrow paved small streets, you can admire the beautiful, restored, stone houses, with the internal courtyard, laid out by a stone tile and with wooden balconies with flowers. It is possible to walk to St. Nikita's stone church and then to go down on the area with the big maple and to sit in a tavern, enjoying traditional cuisine. In the traditional settlement of Nikiti, you will walk between restored stone-built houses, squares with fountains, platans and taverns. Do not forget to try out the wonderful honey of the area (Nikiti is probably the largest “beehive village” in Greece) and enjoy the stunning sunset on the beach.
Varvara’s waterfalls are hidden in the dense forest belonging to Varvara, but are closer to the Olympiada. Following the asphalt forest road of Varvara-Olympiada, this is one of the most beautiful asphalt routes in Halkidiki. Includes two waterfalls, ending with shrubs, almonds, shrubs, beeches, wild hazelnuts that grow all over, while the rocks in bright colors form a kind of a gate at the top. Both the location and the sense of calm, serenity and contact with the natural element make you think you have discovered a piece of heaven on earth. The first waterfall is visible from above, while in the second you will feel the momentum of the water, even in the summer. The walking path of discovery is short (5-10 minutes) and both the wooden bridges and the right signage contribute positively to the pleasure of the unique landscape. The place is ideal for families with young children who are sure to be thrilled.
The state-of-the-art hydrotherapy spa (SPA) is renowned for its rare healing properties, it is aimed at all ages and has swimming pools, saunas, steam baths, sprinklers, hydro massage (individual and team) for healing and rejuvenation. The hydrotherapy meets the needs of modern humans, who work and move permanently at a fast pace. It offers relaxation in a wonderful environment with full medical support. The water is indicated for many diseases such as bones, joints and muscles, as well as for skin diseases. The first source was discovered by a farmer who was looking for sulfur to sprinkle his vines. After the end of the Second World War, the residents blew the rocks with dynamite and spilled the hydrosulphur water at a temperature of 39 o C from the volcano, where the new Thermopigi was created. Originally it was named the source of Saint Nicholas and later Agia Paraskevi. At the site of the springs, in the first years a small parapet with two halls was created and in 2000 the new ultra-modern building was built. Thus, a small spa was developed; the source was dedicated to the grace of the Zoodochos spring and reconstructed its chapel.