Agia Paraskevi. Agia Paraskevi is a traditional village, located on a hill, in the southeast of the Kassandra peninsula in the prefecture of Halkidiki. The village of about 350 permanent residents is surrounded by a beautiful green area with many pine trees. It lies 75 kilometers (47 mi) from Poligyros, the capital of Halkidiki, and 125 kilometers (77 mi) from Thessaloniki.
The inhabitants are primarily engaged in beekeeping, fishing and olive oil production. Stone houses characterize the village. The village was named after the church of Agia Paraskevi that stands just outside the village. In the village are many traditional restaurants and cafes.
Agia Paraskevi is most famous for the hot springs located five kilometers (three mi) away, at the coastal village of Loutra. The water temperature is between 38° C and 39° C (100-102o F), and the smell of sulphur is very strong. Many restaurants and tavernas line the beach of Loutra. There are rooms for rent and hotels to stay in. It is very beautiful here – the combination of the blue sea, the white beaches and rocks, the green pine trees, all that together leave visitors a good impression. The area between Agia Paraskevi and Paliouri is very popular among hikers.
Every year, on July 26th, the feast of Agia Paraskevi is celebrated, and on August 29th the feast of Agios Ioannis.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Edited by Katrina Butzer