Spathies Beach is well known as the “Secret Paradise” of Sithonia. This sandy beach is located in a small lagune 9 km south from Nikiti. It is easily accessible by car, in less than 10 minutes from Nikiti, towards Neos Marmaras. Spathies Beach is a quiet, perfect place for relaxing on its sandy beach. You will enjoy the light blue sea and unique sunsets.
About Spathies Beach
This amazing gem of Sithonia is actually two separate beaches with the smaller one being close to the road where you can park your car and the larger one about one-minute walk to the south. They are less-known and represent a mixture of sea, rocks, san and pine trees.
The small part of Spathies beach (around 50 m long) has amazing turquoise and always calm water and fine white sand. Whether it is crowded or not it is a perfect place that provides you endless fun.. There is a large tree in the middle and, as you can imagine, most guests want to catch the shade under it so it pays off to be an early bird. You can put up your towel on one of the smooth rocks too.
On the other hand, when you reach the larger part of Spathies beach (about 200 m long), you might feel like you’ve reached something close to paradise. It is rarely crowded and you feel like it is there for you to enjoy some well-deserved peace and quiet. If you don’t want to get sunburnt it would be a good idea if you brought your own parasol as there are only limited shade sources. The water is shallow and warm.
Both beaches are sort of wild (neither has sunbeds, showers, parasols, toilets, nor kiosks with food) so equip yourselves if you want to spend a whole day there.
Keep in mind that Spathia beach(es) is an excellent spot for snorkeling and exploring the seabed as there are many rocks and cliffs.
Take a deep breath and just keep swimming. 🙂
How Spathies got its name..
Story by Anna Postovalova
• Let us tell you an interesting story about the origin of the name “Spaties” (this is the name of the whole area as well as the nearest beaches).
• When the holy Apostle Paul left Nikiti and moved towards Akti Koviu, the sound of a magpie frightened the horse, which put the saint in great danger. Since then and to this day, magpies have not been in this area. A little further, near Kalogria, the trail passed over smooth granite stones, and Paull’s horse began to slide. Traces from this slip remained on the stones. To overcome this difficulty, Paul used his sword to draw lines parallel to the road on the stones. These lines also exist in the area called “Spathies” (greek for “sword strikes”).
• Then the emaciated horse lay down to rest, but Paul did not allow it and made it rise. The horse, with the help of Paul, stood up, leaning on the front right leg. To verify this, you can look at the trail of the lying horse and the footprints of Paul and the horse left on the granite path. As he continued on his way, Paul felt thirsty and hit the stone with his sword. To this day, a rich spring gushes out of this stone, which quenches the Apostle’s thirst. The spring’s parapet was built in 1713, according to an inscription made on it, which was later stolen by irresponsible treasure hunters. Near the spring is the St. Paul’s Chapel, built in 1903 on the site of an older chapel.
• There is also an early Christian building, presumably a temple, which indicates that the Apostle Paul has been venerated here since ancient times.
Cover drone photo by Alexandros Chartonas