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Review of Toroni

Distance from Thessaloniki 145 km.

This little village, with the glorious history, gave its name to the Gulf Toroneos and played a major part in the Greek history.

The village today is a small settlement, which extends alond the magnificent beach.

In mythology, Toroni was the wife of the sea demon Proteas, son of Poseidon, and mother of two children, Polygonos and Telegonos. They challenged Hercules to fight them, when Hercules returned from the land of the Amazones. Hercules won and killed them both.

The town was a colony of the town Halkida of Evia at the end of the 8 th century BC. In 480 BC it was forced to help the Persian army against Greece . After that, it joined the Athenian Alliance, from which it defected in 424 BC to join the Spartan army. During the Peloponnesian War it was the apple of discord between the Athenians and the Spartans and Thoukidides mentions it frequently. In 348 BC the King of Macedonia Philip II conquered it. In 168 BC, after the battle in Pydna and the fall of the Macedonian Kingdom , the Romans conquered it. The ancient town was one of the biggest and wealthiest towns of Halkidiki and imported ceramics from Southern Greece.

During the early Byzantine Era, the town shrank. In the 14 th century AC, the town and the surrounding area belonged to the monasteries of Mount Athos.

In the Classic Time, the town had two acropolis (citadels), one in the south, at its highest part, and one at the location called Likithos, the small peninsula near the harbour, protected with a castle. The castle of Likithos was reinforced in the Roman as well as in the Byzantine Era. The town's walls - towers up to a level and walls – were maintained in a pretty good state until the end of the past century. At that time, they were torn down and their rocks were used to pave the streets in Constantinople and Thessaloniki . The visitor today can see only traces of the foundations.

Sights - archaeological sites:
> The early Christian temple dedicated to Agios Athanassios (St Athanassios). It was built in the 5 th century and is a three-nave basilica. A fire destroyed it in the 6 th century and another temple was built on its foundations, which was also destroyed later. The mosaic of the middle nave is preserved in a good state until today.

Traditional festival in June, for the Pentecost (descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles) with musical and theatrical events.
 Cultural happenings for two days in the mid-Augus.

Food - entertainment:
Restaurants, fish taverns, pizza houses.

Fresh fish.

All kinds of water sports.

Accommodation in Toroni