The Integrated Experience
On the western coast of Sithonia, Halkidiki’s central peninsula, surrounded by the rising slopes of Mt Meliton and the expansive blue of Toroneos Gulf, amidst 1,763 hectares of enchantingly verdant landscape, and along 9 kmof sandy beach punctuated by 25 pristine coves, lies the one and only Porto Carras Grand Resort.
The most comprehensive resort in Greece, eight times awarded by CondeNast Traveller, features two 5 star Hotels, an imposing world-class Villa, a luxurious Casino, two Thalassotherapy & Spa Centers, an international-standard 18-hole Golf course, a private 315-berth Marina, the largest and best equipped Conference Hall in Northern Greece, a Horse Riding Academy, a Tennis Club with 9 courts, a Diving Center, a Nautical Club, plus Greece’s largest organic vineyard.
Halkidiki is formed of three peninsulas, each with its own unique charm, history and allure.
There is Kassandra, or Pallini, scene of the Battle of the Giants in ancient mythology; Sithonia, the central peninsula, a magical place of green forest and blue sea; and Mt. Athos, the cradle of Orthodox Christianity, home to twenty historic monasteries. The region offers the perfect combination of the distinctive Greek light, unspoiled landscapes, colours and fragrances. The glorious natural setting is complemented by sights and monuments of archaeological interest and the living religious traditions of its people, manifested in a host of feast days and other ceremonies and rituals.
Sights, Archeological Sites & Monuments
- Mt Athos: a vast Byzantine museumcand the
guardian of Orthodoxy (120 km).
- Petralona: The “citadel” of paleoanthropology,
where the cave of arhanthropos is located (90 km).
- Ancient Olynthos: Top city of the classical era, with
the most organised urban planning systemc(52 km).
- Ancient Stageira: the birthplace of the philosopher
Aristotle (75 km).
- Monastery of Agia Anastasia (9th century): soon to
operate as a Byzantine Art Academy (90 km).
- Archaeological Museumof Polygyros: displaying
inscribed monuments and relieves fromthe Classical
and Hellenistic periods (60 km).
Sights, Archeological Sites & Monuments
- The sanctuary of Amon Zeus and the sanctuaries of the Nymphs and Dionysus in Kallithea (80 km).
- The ruins of the castle and the canal of Potidea (65 km).
- The remains of the fortification of ancient Toroni and the castle of Likithos (25 km).
- The remains of mine smelting in Olympiada (90 km).
- The Roman farmhouse in Big Kypsa of Nea Fokaia (70 km).
- The Paleochristian Basilicas of Nikiti (Agios Georgios, Elia, Sofronios - 25 km), Toroni (Agios Athanasios -
25 km), Olympiada in “Zepko” (90 km) etc.
- The Tower of Agios Pavlos (1407) and the Tower of Stavronikitas (1543) in Nea Fokaia (80 km).
-The fair of Agioi Theodoroi in Agios Nikolaos, in February.
- The carnival in Polygyros and in Simantra, in February orMarch.
- The fair of Agia Triada in Sykia, on 22 June.
- The first Tuesday after Easter in Ierissos (in memory of the people massacred in 1821).
- The fair of Profitis Ilias in Vavdos, on 20 July.
- The olive festival in Olynthos, in July.
- The sardine festival in Nea Moudania, in July.
- The swimming crossing of Toroneos bay in Nikiti, in July.
- The fair of Agios Panteleimonas in Parthenonas, on 27 July.
- The fair in M. Panagia, on 15 August.
- Trade fair of Agios Mamas, the origins of which can be traced back
to the Byzantine era, in early September.
- The fair of Panagia Koryfini in Nea Moudania, on 8 September
History of Porto Carras Grand Resort
Initially a monastic property in its majority, the land of 1,763 hectares on which the resort is built came into the possession of Giannis Carras at the end of the 1960s. It all started with a cruise to Mt Athos, for the celebration of the 1000 years since the creation of the monastic community of Athos. Known Athenians, along with ship owner Giannis Carras, are aboard the yacht of the Greek tycoon. They cruise offshore Sithonia, enter the Toroneos Gulf and… the fairytale begins. Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site.
The constructions began in 1973, with Villa Galini; on the rocky and infertile Galani hill, named after a thief who was killed there, the famous villa was built, extending on a surface of two thousand square meters. A sample of unique architecture and beauty, furnished with exceptional monastic furniture and unique art works, featured in the ‘70s magazines as one of the most beautiful buildings of the country.
Within 3 years the area radically changed thanks to the marsh drainage scheme; huge numbers of trees which were planted, an olive grove of 45,000 olive trees and a vineyard covering 475 hectares were created.
In 1976 Village Inn opens its doors bringing a true revolution in Greece’s tourist and cultural image, while Porto Carras Meliton opens in 1979 and Porto Carras Sithonia in 1980.
Fewplaces in Greece were and still are so frequently visited by such a great number of famous and important people: Queen Juliana of Holland, Salvador Dali, the son of Aga Han, Stavros Niarhos, Rudolf Nureyev, Franηois Mitterrand, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Margot Fonteyn, Joan Baez, Fiona Von Thyssen, the Rockfellers, Prince Albert of Monaco, President Puttin, Valιry Giscard d’Estaing are only some of them.
In 1999 Technical Olympic Group submitted the highest bid during the relevant tender of the National Bank for the sale of Porto Carras. Ever since the Chairman and Managing Director, Konstantinos Stengos, made purpose of his life to bring Porto Carras Grand Resort to the foremost rank of the international tourist market.
Porto Carras Beach
9 km of sandy beaches, including 25 secluded pristine coves, awarded each year with the International mark of the Blue Flag, offer countless ways to recharge: swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. But beachside bliss is not only about sports; indulge yourself with special treatments by St Barth’s and Pevonia Botanica without leaving your sun bed and enjoy exotic cocktails, or just refreshments and snacks fromthe Beach Bars. Unwind at the brand newSea Water Park, offering a one of a kind waterscape available to every resort guest. For our younger guests the water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an “aqua” adventure like no other!
Porto Carras Activities
The long list of features and activities available is a family’s heaven:
- 2 outdoor pools
- 2 lagoon style pools
- Scuba diving
- Horse back riding
- Jogging trails
- Mountain bike
- Football & 5x5 soccer
- Beach volley
- Ping pong
Porto Carras Horse Riding Academy & Tennis Club
Horseback riding in a way you never had before: trail riding through Porto Carras’ scenic lands or ride along the beach; it could be the highlight of your vacation. We offer trail rides upon request, while all of our horses are trained and approved for beginner, intermediate and experienced riders.
We have professional guides and handlers guiding all of our tours and we also provide lowpriced lessons for beginners and children.
Porto Carras Tennis Club consists of nine courts:
- 5 artificial grass floodlit courts
- 4 hard courts (one of themwith stands).
We provide qualified instructors for every level of tuition, while equipment rentals are also available.
Dining & Entertainment
2 Buffet restaurants, 2 al fresco restaurants, 1 a la carte all day restaurant, 2 gourmet restaurants, a Prive restaurant and 2 tavernas by the Marina are availablefor unlimited culinary adventures.
As for cocktails and drinks: 3 Beach Bars, 2 Pool Bars, 1 Live Music Bar, and 1 Lounge Bar.
Young guests may end their days at the Night Club, while parents roll the dice and try their luck at the casino!
Casino Porto Carras
Welcome to the Casino Porto Carras where unparalleled action is dealt within a unique NewOrleans’s atmosphere. Join us for the ultimate gaming experience and indulge into a world ofluxury and special privileges.
Try your luck at our 425 Slot Machines, 17 American Roulettes, 8 Live Touch Bet Roulettes, 13 Blackjack table, and 5 Caribbean Stud Poker or head to the VIP section and let us deal you a winning hand! Check out our lottery programand don’t miss the chance to win: 50.000€ in cash every month, luxury cars, a unique residence at the Porto Carras Village Club and much more… Entry to the Casino is permitted to those who are 23 or over, and carry with thema valid ID or passport.
Thalassotherapy & Spa Centers
Pamper your self at our Thalassotherapy and Spa centres - two of the biggest in South-eastern Europe (4.700m2 & 2.275m2 ). Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of the ocean, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed, and alluvial mud. The name comes fromthe Greek words "thalassa" (the sea) and "therapia" (treat). The principle behind thalassotherapy is that repeated exposure to sea air and immersion in warmseawater, mud, clay, and protein-rich algae helps restore the body’s natural chemical balance. Seawater and human plasma are very similar. More than sixty trace elements, minerals, and vitamins that our bodies need are contained in sea water.
Meliton Thalassotherapy & Spa Center
4.700m2 of luxury offers more than you ever imagined: indoor sea water pool, thalassotherapy pool, high salinity pool, Jacuzzi, 6 hydro baths, sauna, steambath, thin rain shower, jets, 2 fitness centers overlooking the Marina, 27 rooms and a VIP spa suite offering a wide range of treatments by Pevonia and Ligne St. Barth, kinisiotherapy and hydro-kinesiotherapy in heated sea water, relax roommanicure, pedicure and a hair salon with sea view. In the exercise facilities of the Thalassotherapy & Spa Center, access is only permitted to adults over the age of 16.
Sithonia Thalassotherapy & Spa Center
An oasis of tranquillity in 2.275 m2 invites you, on the beach level of Porto Carras Sithonia 5*. Indoor Sea Water Pool (adults only), Thalassotherapy Pool, Sauna, SteamBath, 11 treatment rooms offering the best of Pevonia and ligne St. Barth’s treatments, a fitness roomoverlooking the lagoons, manicure and pedicure, and a hair salon. In the exercise facilities of the Thalassotherapy & Spa Center, access is only permitted to adults over the age of 16.
Special Events & Occasions
Froman intimate anniversary dinner for two, a wedding reception, a corporate event of 5000 people, or anything in between, we are at your service to take the worry and stress out and host a memorable event that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. Fromconception to completion, we will help you plan your special day and let you rest assured that every detail will be tended to so that you truly may become a guest at your own event.