Hanioti Halkidiki Greece
Hanioti is a small touristically developed village in Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki. It is only 1 hour away from Thessaloniki, between villages Polichrono and Pefkohori. There are many options for entertainment, like bars, clubs, traditional taverns, restaurants and even mini golf and play areas, such as go-cart for kids. In Hanioti 's beach, with clear blue waters, one can engage in water sports, swim or just lay under a big umbrella listening to the waves. Beaches in Hanioti have something magical, as they combine the blue color of the sea with the green of the tall pine trees. There are also many picturesque parks, sidewalks and local stores one can visit. The central square of the village with the specially formed area for events and the fountain and also the big green incomparably beautiful seaside park are worth visiting.
On the mountain side of Hanioti village, there are many hiking trails and routes one can follow inside the forest. Adventure and nature lovers will love this exploration. There is also a paved route towards Skioni village (Route Hanioti - Nea Skioni), which is accessible by car.
The village was probably founded during the end of 16th century. It was transferred to its today 's position in 1930, after a big earthquake that destroyed it. The village 's name probably comes from its first villager. His origin was from Hania of Crete, so the village took the name "Haniotis". According to a different version of the story, the name of the village derived from a "hanitzi" (a person who had an inn (like a small hotel)) in the area. The inn in Greek is called "hani", so the village was named "Haniotis".
The main church of the village is located near the beach and is dedicated to Saint John the Chrysostom. It was first built by wood, but later it was built by stone and was made bigger.