Sarti is one of those places that will remain in your mind after only one visit! And that is the main reason why it’s becoming increasingly popular. It’s a picturesque coastal village with a long sandy beach and crystal clear sea attracting thousands of holidaymakers.
Sarti is a village on the east side of Sithonia, Halkidiki, about 140 km from Thessaloniki. It is divided in two parts- old Sarti and new Sarti and together they are one of the most popular places on this leg, for all the good reasons.
Population: 1,157 (2001)
Postal code: 630 72
The first reason is definitely an amazing, 3km-long, sandy beach all along the village. Not only is it long but it is also very wide so it is never crowded. There are many beach bars and other facilities for visitors to enjoy beach activities all day long. Choose from sailing, cycling, paddleboarding, diving, to touring small manufacturers, etc.
Apart from its amazing beach, Sarti has a lot more to offer: taverns, bars and cafes where you can taste local and international specialties. Moreover, whether it is from the climate, the surroundings or the people, but the spirit of the village and good vibes can always be felt in the air.
Sarti got its name from its founder – king Sartios. Even the famous historian Herodotus mentions a village named Sarti in the 5th century BC when Persian king Xerxes travelled through it on his quest. The ruins of that old village can be seen above the Sykia bay today. After the devastating Greek-Turkish war in 1922, all the Greeks from Asia Minor were forced to leave their homes and became refugees, searching for their luck in today’s Greece. Some of them chose Chalkidiki and renewed the settlement of Sarti because it reminded them of their home. At first they were accommodated in the nearby monastery but, being hard-working people, soon they started fishing and bit by bit built a nice fishing village that would one day become one of the most popular tourist destinations on Halkidiki.
– the sandy beach is very long and wide
– an old church built with hard work of the refugees with an icon that they brought with them from their homeland.
– New Sarti is growing into a touristic place, with a lot of good quality and modern accommodation.
– the old part of Sarti is beautiful and picturesque; you can see so many old houses, decorated with flowers, telling their own history
– although you can spend your whole holiday in Sarti and not get bored of the view or activities and great food, it could also be a great base for touring Sithonia and visiting countless breathtaking beaches and other sights nearby.
Being a relaxing village, Sarti is not very famous for typical nightlife. Although there are many bars and restaurants and even some places with live traditional Greek music, you cannot find big popular clubs with loud music.
As Sarti is one of the biggest and most important villages on the peninsula, there are all kinds of small shops- bakeries (OMG Greek bakeries are amazing!), supermarkets, butchers, pharmacies, souvenir shops, tourist offices…etc.
It had a population of 1,157 in the census of 2011 but in summer the number of people there reaches 10 000 or more.
Sarti has a mediterranean climate- hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters. Summer sea temperatures can reach up to 27 degrees Celsius (but the average is 25 degrees).