Sarti ex. Afisia
Like any place in Greece, Sarti and Sithonia have their own great ‘story’ and colourful history.
In the 8th century B.C. the residents of Chalcis decided to build their cities in the second leg of Chalkidiki, in Sithonia. This exquisite place was created by the Gods and Giants during the period of gigantomachy. It is the land that intrigues and passions marked the history and its mythology: from Sithon, who killed the suitors of his daughter Pallini, refusing to give her to marriage, up to Gerastos, son of Mygdona, who jailed his girls in the Parthenon. In the eastern side of Sithonia they will build Sarti that took its name from the king Sartios. In the end of the 5th century B.C. Sarti will be one of the 32 more important towns of Chalkidiki that will set up, under the leadership of Olynthus, the “Common of Chalkideon”, which will be dissolved by Spartans in 379 B.C. Soon, however, they will join the second Athenian Alliance. Later, the Macedonian king Philippos will destroy all the towns of the “Common of Chalkideon” (348 B.C.).
The ancient writer Herodotus also mentions that the Persian emperor Xerxes, the son of Darius, passed from Sarti during his Persian expedition against all the Greek cities of 5th century B.C.
During the great population exchanges between Turkey and Greece (1922), the Greek inhabitants of the small island of Afisia (Avsa) in the Sea of Marmara (Turkey) were forced to leave their homes and were resettled here in Sarti. The Greek refugees, who were turned away from the Sea of Marmara in Asia Minor, decided to found the New Afisia, one of the 27 new villages of Chalkidiki, a new homeland.
In the 14th century A.D after their expulsion from the island of Afisia, the refugees were transported in Lavrion of Attica where they stayed for a while. When they reached Sarti, they were accommodated in the buildings of the monastery dependency of Xiropotamou of Mount Athos for almost two years because it was mentioned as the property of the Monastery. This area will be devastated by the raids of pirates in the 17th century.
The second leg of Chalkidiki is believed to have been created by the Gods during the times of gigantomachy. It was probably named after Sithon (a king from Greek mythology, son of Poseidon).
This picturesque fishing village now has a population of about 900, but in summer it multiplies several times due to tourists from all over the world who come to this beautiful place to enjoy the magic it offers. Words cannot portray the unique spirit of Sarti, so you just need to come and understand it.