Nea Skioni Halkidiki Greece
Nea Skioni is a village in Kassandra Halkidiki, with a long history. It is located near Fourka and opposite from Hanioti village, on the other side of the peninsula. Nea Skioni is a traditional fishing village, that spreads around a captivating port that overlooks the Aegean sea. In this port, several fishermen bring their fresh newly caught fish, which are then distributed in the village 's fish taverns. Most residents of Nea Skioni have as main occupation touristic activities.
Apart from walking through the village 's picturesque streets, swimming in the sea or laying in a sunbed, you can also engage in scuba diving or snorkeling and explore the seabed of one of the most important historical places in Kassandra. Another interesting site, worth visiting, is a church called "Panagia Faneromeni" (Virgin Mary), 2 km away from Skioni village, on the seaside road towards "loutra Agias Paraskevis" (Thermal spa of Agia Paraskevi). The church is located in a beautiful place, by the sea and has a very interesting history.
A local festival organized every year in Nea Skioni is called "the feast of anchovies". It takes place in the beginning of August and lasts 3 days. During this festival you 'll have the chance to participate in cultural events on the beach, listen to traditional music and taste local traditional wine and fresh fish.
The old village of Skioni was located in the mountains, above today 's Skioni and was called Tsaprani. Four of the village's churches still survive till today, in the middle of the route Hanioti - Nea Skioni. According to Thoukidides, a famous historian of Ancient Greece, the village of Skioni was first built after the trojan war, by Pellineans of Peloponesse, who made a stop in the area of today 's village to spend the winter. The village became a member of Athenian league, but during Peloponnesian war joined Lacedemonians. This caused the wrath of Athenians, who slaughtered all adult male inhabitants of Skioni. The town was then given to Plataeans.
As recorded by several philological sources and archaeological findings, Skioni survived and flourished during the romaic era. It is not clear when it was completely destroyed. The residents of Skioni (Tsaprani village) also took part in Greek revolution of 1821 and some of its great fighters were Ioannis Angelou, Nikolaos Stergiou, George Anagnostopoulos, Gavriil Ioannou and George Stamatis.
Many residents of Skioni lost their lives when trying to protect their territory in several wars. Today 's village of Nea Skioni was founded in 1918 by fishermen. The old village Tsaprani was abandoned in 1930.