Porto Carras

Porto Carras (Greek:Πόρτο Καρράς) is one of Greece's biggest and most famous holiday resorts and tourist places. It is located in Sithonia, Chalkidiki peninsula in Northern Greece. It is about 120km away from Greece's second biggest city, Thessaloniki.

At the end of 1960s, the land on which the resort is became a property of the Greek ship-owner Yiannis Carras. In 1973 the construction works in the area started and brought a revolution in Northern Greece's tourism. The land of Porto Carras Grand Resort includes two major hotels, the 5-star Meliton and 4-star Sithonia as well as Villa Gallini which is a bangalow-style residence. There are also 45,000 olive trees; basketball, football, tennis and golf sports areas as well as a vineyard covering an area of 475,000 m². Porto Carras Resort has the biggest private Marina in northern Greece and one of the largest in South-Eastern Europe as well as Thalassotherapy and Spa Center. It also contains restaurants, interior and beach bars and an estival Cinema theatre.

The resort of Porto Carras is near the traditional village of Neos Marmaras; a tourist, busy on summer town, with lots of restaurants, cafeterias and tourist shops.

  • On June 2003, Porto Carras was the place of the Thessaloniki European Union Summit; organized under the Greek Presidency, during which the draft Constitution of the E.U. was presented for first time, bringing to Porto Carras leaders, diplomats and a large number of journalists from all over the world who covered the Summit.
  • On February 2004, one month before the country's general elections, Porto Carras was involved in an illegal forrest-destruction scandal evolving members of the government causing negative effects to the Socialist Party (PASOK) then in power

Links

http://www.portocarras.com - Official website of Porto Carras Grand Resort

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