TORONEOS
Association of Accommodation and Business
Porto Koufo - Toroni - Kalamitsi - Tristinika

The view of the harbour from the top is unique as huge rocks rise above a bay, which looks like a lake, since the small opening to the sea is barely visible. The cape behind the rocks of the bay was named in antiquity "Derris".

Porto Koufo was the ancient harbour Toroneos, a safe anchorage for Toronian ships. The harbour maintains until today its ancient name "Κωφός λιμήν" (translated "The Deaf Harbour"), because the ancients believed that anyone inside the Gulf could not hear any noise of the sea. They even used its name metaphorically for anyone that could not hear well in the phrase "Kωφότερος του Κωφού λιμένος" (meaning "Deafer than the the Deaf Harbour").

On the rocky and rugged coastline are caves, one of which, in the Southeast side of the entrance, visitors can enter by boat. Another interesting cave is located in the Southeast side of the harbour at the top section of the old quarry. Its visit today is almost impossible because of the incision made by quarrying. This cave must have been a place of worship during the Roman period. Later, to purify the site, Christians painted red characteristic crosses on the roof of the cave.

A big attraction is Kartalia. The southern cape of Sithonia is called Kartalia. It is a very dangerous area for marine navigation but a very impressive place. Its named after the eagles, which locals call them "Καρτάλια". The visit to the area can only be done by boat.

Porto Koufo is the safest and largest natural harbour in Greece and is almost always packed with all kinds of vessels. The Germans during the Second World War used it as a base and fortified it heavily. Nowadays, it is a quiet fishing village that smells fresh fish.