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

Toroni is a village southwest of the Sithonia peninsula of Chalkidiki. The main occupation of inhabitants is tourism, as well as agriculture, fishery and livestock. Toroni had great tourism development in recent years.

In mythology, Toroni was the wife of Proteus, son of Poseidon. Her children died when they challenged Hercules to a battle. Archaeologists have found in the region traces traces of prehistoric settlement. The major excavations took place in 1975. The town was founded by settlers who descend from Chalcis in the 8th century BC and soon became a major city not only in Sithonia but throughout Chalkidiki. Toronians participated actively in the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War. In 348 BC Philip II of Macedon captured and in 168 BC Romans did.

From then on Toroni lost its meaning and turned out to be a small settlement, which also was destroyed during raids in the 6th and the 15th century. In the second case, the residents because of the pirates left Toroni and fled to neighbouring Sykia. In the Byzantine age the area became a succursal of Mount Athos monasteries.

Nowadays only the ruins and the old city walls are preserved. A large round tower at the position "Windmill" and parts of walls on the Acropolis at the top of the hill "Vigla" are distinguished. The climb is strenuous but the view rewards the guest.

Also, a monument of Toroni is the Christian church of St. Athanasius, basilica of the fifth century. It is located in the small swamp, next to the highway from Toroni to Porto Koufo. The church was destroyed by fire in the 6th century and in its place was built another smaller temple. Finally, what is a nice place to visit is the archaeological site of the castle of Likithos.