Just before you reach Neos Marmaras, next to the road, you’ll find the abandoned buildings of the 19th century Tripotamos monastery that belonged to Kastamonitou monastery and is one of the most typical examples of traditional architecture in Halkidiki.
The history and traditions of Neos Marmaras’ inhabitants are symbolized by the “Santala”, a boat that led the fishing fleet of Marmaras island, in Asia Minor, that the refugees came from in 1922. A copy is now on show at the central cove in Neos Marmaras.
A nice surprise is in store for visitors during Pentecost, with a re-enactment of an orthodox wedding, the same way it was done in old Marmaras. Parthenonas, at a height of 350m., has been declared of historical importance and is being restored continuously, while maintaining it’s traditional architecture, is a unique outing for a walk, a coffee or a meal. The name of the village, according to one opinion, is owed to the ancient city of “Parthenopolis”, while it is mentioned already during the byzantine era. NEOS MARMARAS - SITHONIA - HALKIDIKI - GREECE
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A folklore museum, now operating in Parthenonas, is of special interest to the visitor, as the inhabitants’ traditions unfold, with the exhibition of utensils, clothing and photographs from the beginning of the 20th century and earlier.
The traditional festival on July 27th is worth mentioning, at the Agios Panteleimon church
of Parthenonas, while weddings held in Neos Marmaras and Parthenonas are of particular interest.
Sithonias main mountainous body, Itamos (811m.) or Dragoudelis, is situated north of Parthenonas, and the climb to the summit follows a 15 km road.
Also worth mentioning is the Porto Carras vineyard, next to Neos Marmaras. It is the second largest privately-owned vineyard in Europe and supplies the whole world with varieties of wine under the Porto Carras brand-name.
For those who wish to admire the magnificence of the Mount Athos monasteries, even from a distance, there are boats that depart daily from the harbor and circumnavigate Athos peninsula, offering an outstanding cruise.

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