Solmaz and I had an amazing time in Nikiti, Greece. When I tell people about my vacation, they were often, “Where? Why? You didn’t go to Athens or the islands?” It was a pretty random spot to travel to but we were there because of our close friend’s wedding and it ended up being the perfect location since it wasn’t as overrun with tourist as the other more common vacation destinations.
Most of us travelled from Toronto and we arrived on different days at Thessaloniki Airport which is the closest airport to Nikiti. There are direct flights to Thessaloniki from most of the big German hub airports, Athens and Rome.
I ended up spending a lot of time at Dusseldorf Airport since I transferred through there on the way and back but luckily for me it was new and modern facility with lots of stores and cafes. Of course, this is being Germany, the food and coffee were quite expensive but well-worth the price since everything I bought was quite good – much better than anything at Canadian or American airports.
It was about 3 hours from Dusseldorf to Thessaloniki and from there, it was about an hour drive to Nikiti. Most people rent cars in Thessaloniki since public transportation is almost non-existent in this area but I took a cab to our hotel since I was not about to drive and get lost (plus 90% cars available are manual not automatic.)
I arrived at our “hotel” which was essentially a big house turned into apartment style rooms with tiny little kitchenttes and even tinier bathrooms. Since one of our friends’ relatives own this place I will not mention the name of the place – I would definitely not recommend it to anyone. Instead there are many other charming little proper hotels dotting the coast; most of which are quite affordable. The only upside to our accommodations was the location and the pool. We had a great view of the bay since it was on top of a hill.
This is a great area to visit if you are travelling with family or a big group of friends. Solo travellers will definitely have nothing to do since most activities will involve sitting on the beach or sitting by the pool. Nightlife involves driving to the other towns since Nikiti was too small to have any proper lounges or clubs.
While we were there, we travelled to Marmaras which is a pretty town with lots of great restaurants and bars and Kassandra which is the peninsula west of Sithonia where Nikiti is located.
During the day, we spent most of our time at the beach – there were beach bars at all of them and it was convenient since they set up beach chairs and served you food and alcohol etc. throughout the day.
While we were there, our days were like the locals – slept in until late, drove down to the beach, spent the whole day bumming around by the beach, had dinner around 10-11pm and went to a bar or a club around 12-1am. We adopted the laid-back lifestyle and enjoyed every moment of it.
Now, my tan is starting to fade and I’m planning my next big trip already. lol. See the gallery below for more pictures.