The picturesque seaside resort of Nea
Moudania, which is usually called by locals as Mudanya, is a small resort town
of about 9,000 residents, which is the capital of the municipality of Nea
Propontida of the Chalkidiki peninsula.
The town is located at a very convenient
location at the entrance to the peninsula of Chalkidiki, 54 kilometres from
Thessaloniki. Undoubtedly, it has a clear advantage compared to other resorts
in the region.
Residents of Mudanya are engaged in
tourist business and fishing. Together with the settlement of Nea Mihaniona,
Mudanya is one of the largest fishing centres in Central Macedonia. Moreover,
in 2002, in order to show the importance of fishing in the life of the local
population, residents of Mudanya created a museum of traditional boats and
tools which is located at the port of Nea Moudania.
A berth for the wholesale of fish Auction
(Ιχθυόσκαλα), located in the port town, is one of the largest in the
Mediterranean: there are tons of sardines (sardela) and anchovy (gavros)
supplied to all corners of Greece and abroad.
Every year, in late June, Mudanya hosts
Sardeli Celebration, which includes a diverse array of cultural events.
In addition to that, Nea Moudania is the
largest shopping centre in Chalkidiki, with many shops of various types. There
are also banks, post office, yacht club, folklore museum “Bithynia”,
educational institutions (3 kindergartens, 4 primary schools, 2 high school, 2
colleges and the Department of Technological Institute of Thessaloniki) and various
public services. Once a week – and particularly on Wednesdays – the city
organises the largest open-air market in Chalkidiki.
Nea Moudania was founded in 1922 by
refugees from Asia Minor (during the times of the Asia Minor Catastrophe), who
lived in Mudanya, on the shores of the Propontis (modern Turkey), and who came
to Greece after the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, after they landed on the
west coast of Chalkidiki in Kargi estuary, which used the meaning of
“port-shelter”. It is noteworthy that there is an olive plantation still
growing to the present day and which appeared before the eyes of the refugees
at the landing on the shore in 1923.
The new settlers were dealing in trade, fishing,
agriculture and viticulture, which led to the rapid development of the
settlement of Nea Moudania and which soon turned into a major tourist centre
with its natural harbour and commercial port town, which is constantly
expanding and modernizing.
The harmonious combination of hills
covered with olive trees, plains, and in overall sea and land, create
Today, Nea Moudania possesses a
developed tourist infrastructure with a well-equipped beach and clean sea.
There is a quiet, serene and beautiful beach
Dionysiou located 2,5 kilometres from the resort. The beach observes a
combination of blue sky with the azure of the sea, and the whisper of the waves
calms and soothes the soul. Here you can walk along the promenade lined with
flowers and stretching for miles along the sea, or enjoy a drink by the beach
or taste delicious fish dishes whilst sitting at the very edge of the water.
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