Neos Marmaras is located at the middle of Sithonia and it is the most cosmopolitan town in the peninsula mainly due to the impact of Porto Carras resort which is nearby. Built amphitheatrically upon three neighbor hills, this picturesque town has an atmosphere of an Aegean island.
The town was established in 1922 by Greek refugees who came from the island of Marmaras in Bosporus near modern Istanbul. The place was a wilderness, very difficult to cultivate and survival was precarious. However, the newcomers were survivors by nature. They settled down, worked hard and prospered.
During the seventies, people from the nearby mountainous settlement of Parthenonas came to Neos Marmaras seeking better fortunes near the sea, thus helping the town to expand further.
Neos Marmaras was the first town in Sithonia to enter the new tourist economy in late sixties and early seventies. At those times all the neighbor towns were traditional agricultural settlements, so typical of the rural post-war Greece. Certainly, the construction of Porto Carras complex, raise new opportunities in the area. Many locals found jobs in the tourist sector and many others begun their own tourist enterprises.
Today, Neos Marmaras offers excellent accommodation options either inside the town or in the surrounding area. Old monastic estates have been bought by entrepreneurs and transformed into beach side hotels, camping sites or luxurious apartment houses.
Furthermore, there are plenty entertainment and dining choices in the area which attribute a cosmopolitan and vibrant character to the place. Henceforth, Neos Marmaras is a natural choice for younger people when visiting Sithonia.
Neos Marmaras is located on the west part of Sithonia Peninsula at about 120km from Thessaloniki and 20km from Nikiti. You should take the western Sithonia road by turning right at the junction which is 2km outside Nikiti. Follow the signs indicating Neos Marmaras or Porto Carras.