Style: Freeride, Freestyle
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The beach of Sarti is located 77 km south east of Poligyros, on the eastern side of the Sithonia peninsula. It has come out as one of the top holiday destinations in Chalkidiki, with its magnificent curving coves and white sandy beaches. Across the bay, visitors can enjoy the spectacular views of the Mount Athos, the largest monastic community in Greece. The small homonymous village of Sarti belongs to the municipality of Toroni and it is located between the summer resorts of Vourvourou and Sykia.
Best Direction: N, NW, S
Main Direction: N, NW, S
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore
The winds that blow in Sarti are most of the year North-Northeast (if Meltemi winds blows in Aegean Sea). In summer time South winds blow as well.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
Sarti’s beach is incredible with crystal-clean water and is very well-known, as it is rewarded with the light blue flag for many years and is distinguished as one of the 10 best beaches of Greece, in international on-line voting. The electronic poll placed the beach of Sarti Chalkidiki in the sixth place and it’s granted with the sixth “light blue medal” for the best Greek beaches.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Sarti beach is considered one of the best in Greece furthermore it is one of the largest beaches of Sithonia. It is about a vast area of 3 km long with golden sand. It attracts a significant number of visitors and especially families since it offers ample space for the children to play in and out of the water. The view of Mount Athos and the glorious sunrise create a picture never to be forgotten.
Access to Sarti:
Sarti is located on the east coast of the middle part of the leg Sithonia, in Chalkidiki, about a two hour drive from the Thessaloniki airport. You may rent a car at the airport and drive to Sarti, or if you prefer not to drive in a foreign country, arrange transportation for you from the Thessaloniki airport to Sarti and back by taxi or bus.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: When you leave the airport, continue straight, through a traffic light, following the signs to Chalkidiki. This road feeds onto the road to Chalkidiki. When you reach Nea Moudania, follow the signs to Sithonia (if you miss this exit you will find yourself on the way to Kassandra and must turn around!). Continue on this road, following the signs to Nikiti - Ag. Nikolaos - Vourvourou and then to Sarti (not from N. Marmaras, route from N. Marmaras is one hour longer!).
The distance from Thessaloniki is approximately 146 km. The distance from Thessaloniki Airport is approximately 133 km.
Access to Chalkidiki:
The beautiful region of Chalkidiki is easy to reach due to its close proximity to the city of Thessaloniki which is situated about 100 km away. Thessaloniki is the base of visitors for the transition to Chalkidiki, the second main aerial entrance to Greece. It has ample ferry, air, road and even rail connections with Athens and other major cities of Greece.
Arrival by Airplane: The International Airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) which is the airport that serves Chalkidiki connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). Taxis and busses take you from the airport to the Coach Station of Chalkidiki (KTEL) in Thessaloniki. There you can take the coach to reach the destination of your choice.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The Port of Thessaloniki is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea. As a free port, it also functions as a major gateway for the Balkan hinterland, southeastern Europe and Adriatic. It is connected with Piraeus and other major cities of North and Central Greece, as well as islands of North Aegean, Sporades Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Crete, Ionian Islands and Argosaronic.
Furthermore, the port of Thessaloniki is at a 16 km distance from the International "Macedonia" Airport and 1 km only from the Passenger Railway Station.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos), which crosses Greece from its westernmost edge -Italy (Igoumenitsa)- to its easternmost borders with Turkey (Kipi, Evros), is a modern motorway of international standards, equipped with devices and safety systems that aim at protecting and helping the motorists. Egnatia Odos meets the Ring Road of Thessaloniki which leads to the National Road towards Chalkidiki.
From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina & Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki, From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway, From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway. Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Halkidiki Road Network: Exit K1 Thessaloniki, Exit K4 Thessaloniki, Exit Redina & Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta
Arrival by Bus: There are regular bus connections from Athens and Thessaloniki that can reach all parts of Chalkidiki, Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos. The buses run daily and several times per day, throughout the year.
Arrival by Train: There is no train network in Chalkidiki. Travelers coming by train from other parts of Greece or from abroad arrive at the Train Station of Thessaloniki. After arriving at the Train Station of Thessaloniki, take a taxi or the bus to reach to the Coach Station of Chalkidiki (KTEL), in Thessaloniki, and then take the coach to reach Chalkidiki.
Local Transportation: Chalkidiki has a really good road network which makes it easy for travelers to reach all resorts and parts of Chalkidiki without a hassle. Leaving from Thessaloniki may be a little frustrating especially if you are travelling during the peak summer season due to a lot of traffic congestion that you may encounter.
Arrival by Car Rentals: The excellent road infrastructure of Chalkidiki makes it easy for travelers to get around by car or motorbike that can be rented at many of the travel agents scattered throughout the region. It should be noted that driving from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki can be quite frustrating due to the unexpected traffic one might encounter especially during the summer months.
Arrival by Bus: You can travel to Chalkidiki from Thessaloniki by intercity buses (KTEL) which comply with all modern specifications for fast, safe and pleasant transportation of passengers. The transition to the intercity bus station is quick and easy as the city bus stop is right outside the airport and the routes are many and regularly throughout the day, every day of the year. The bus is also the cheapest way to get around Chalkidiki.
Leaving from the KTEL bus station of Thessaloniki travelers can get to Kassandra in approximately 90 minutes as well as the towns of Kallikratia, Nea Moudania, Kassandria, Kallithea and Paliouri. Bus services are also available from Thessaloniki or Poligyros to most major resorts of Chalkidiki at least once or twice per day. From Thessaloniki there are services to Gerakini, Metamorfosi, Nikiti, Agios Nikolaos, Vourvourou and Armenistis. The main routes from Poligyros are to Gerakini, Psakoudia, Metamorfosi, Marmaras, Vourvourou, Armenistis, Sarti, Sykia and Kalamitsi. Bus service to Athos Peninsula is irregular therefore visitors are advised to use another form of transportation to reach the Holy Mountain (only men are allowed to enter the Monasteries of Athos).
Arrival by Taxi: There is a taxi stand at the airport of Thessaloniki that can easily take passengers to one of the many resorts of Kassandra. Taxis are available in the region of Chalkidiki as well. The main taxi centers are located in Poligyros and Nea Moudania but taxis can also be easily found locally.
Arrival by Boat Rentals: Travelers can rent a boat to explore the enchanting region of Chalkidiki, visit the sacred land of Mount Athos, the pristine surrounding islets, the stunningly beautiful secluded beaches and sea caves in their own pace and convenience.