img_20190530_210647-2Situated 51 km south of Poligiros, about 90 km from Thessaloniki and currently with some 500 inhabitants, the community was established in 1922 with the influx of refugees from Asia Minor. Around the mid 8th century BC, a sanctuary dedicated to Dionysous and the Nymphs was built, but it wasn’t before the 5th century BC that the worship of Zeus Ammon began. The temple was erected during the second half of the 4th century BC only to be land-filled during Roman occupation; a smaller one was built around the 1st – 2nd century AD, which is when the other structures were also erected.
The sanctuary was subsequently destroyed and a Christian Basilica was erected in its place. During Byzantine rule the area was devastated and deserted, and during the 11th century AD a monastery dependency of Agios Panteleimon of Mt. Athos was established in the village. It became an independent community in 1946, which is also acquired its present name.
Kallithea is a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists, who come to enjoy splendid beaches and great archaeological discoveries. Highlights include the remains of the Doric sanctuary to Zeus Ammon, the sanctuary to Dionysous and the Nymphs, and the small chapel of Agios Panteleimon with interesting murals.
One of the most sought – after destinations in the beautiful peninsula of Kassandra (Halkidiki), where pine trees fringe a unique sandy coastline, Kallithea is a modern commercial and cosmopolitan resort that boasts large hotel complexes and traditional lodgings.
Featuring all the necessary installations required for thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining holidays, and blessed by its natural and historic heritage, Kallithea satisfies even the most discerning visitor and has a spectacular night life to prove it. Ideally situated, Kallithea is without a doubt the most suitable base for day trips throughout the entire peninsula, particularly for those wishing to visit the area’s impressive archaeological and historic sights, experience the lifestyle in some of its traditional and remote villages, and witness some of the country’s leading timeless destinations.

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