Agios Mamas is a
small town located between Cassandra and Sithonia at a distance of 70 kilometers
from Thessaloniki and 22 kilometers from Polygyros, which is the capital of
Population of the
town is just over 1,000 people. The main occupations of the inhabitants of
Agios Mamas are tourism and cultivation of olives as the area in which the
settlement is located is very fertile.
The beach of the
resort is very popular. You can reach it in two ways: either to drive 5,5 kilometers
to the south of Nea Moudania and then, just before you reach Nea Potidea, turn
left and towards the shoreline, or to continue your journey to the east after
the road junction Nea Moudania, which is 3,5 kilometers from Agios Mamas,
situated at a 2-kilometre distance from the beach.
A huge beach of
Agios Mamas reaches a length of seven kilometers and stretches from Nea Potidea
to a small river Vatunya. Despite the fact that all local roads are made of
dirt, they are in very good condition and therefore suitable for free drive.
There are a number of some beach bars that stretch across the entire length of
the beach. There are also taverns. Limited number of beach bars can be
explained by the fact that the lagoon of Agios Mamas is a wetland. It is part
of the European nature protection network Natura 2000 and organised in order to
protect avifauna of the region.
The town has a
kindergarten and elementary school.
The town runs a
famous annual Greek religious festival (from 1 to 4 of September) taking place,
from 1870, on the site of the new temple of Agios Mamas (St. Mamant) that was
erected in place of the old one. There is also a center of modern culture
located right next to the church.
excavations that were carried out on the hill of St. Mamant have brought to
light some discoveries revealing the fact that the place was populated from the
5th century BC. The village of Agios Mamas is mentioned in documents
of the Holy Mount Athos from 11th century. In the 15th century,
the place fell under the Turkish domination and throughout the period of the
Ottoman rule it paid tax to the sultan (khasi) in Longos.
The old village
was an estate (chiflik) of antiquity lover Pasha Mikhail-bei from the city of
Serres who decorated his yard with numerous archaeological items, which were
discovered during excavations on the territory of Chalkidiki.
In 1821, during
the Greek national liberation struggle against the Turkish occupation, the
famous Battle of Elon took place in this area. Some outstanding freedom
fighters who came from the local population were Dimitrios Polyzos and Ioannis
Polyzos, John Avgerinos and others. View More »