What do we know about the history of Hanioti?

Hanioti (or Haniotis) is a large settlement located in the eastern part of the Peninsula of Kassandra. It is believed that the village was named after its first resident, who settled nearby and arrived here from the island of Crete from Chania. According to another theory, the word "Hanioti" means an inn, a small hotel, where tired travelers could take a break and have some rest after a long journey.

It was one of the smallest villages on the peninsula of Halkidiki, perhaps; therefore, there are few mentions in the history. In 1869, the village is mentioned as the smallest settlement, comprising seven houses and a church. The first church of Hanioti, according to the memories of the locals, was wooden. The stone church of John Chrysostom was built in its place many years after. In 1887, in the description of the peninsula Hanioti appears as a settlement where 20 families of peasants and beekeepers live.

It’s worth noting that the settlement changed its location since it had been almost destroyed in 1930 after a powerful earthquake. Hanioti was restored and moved to another place in 1936. Until 1950, Hanioti was governed by Pevkohori and administratively was a part of it.

As for the historical sites, one may find the ruins of the early Christian basilica, the architectural parts of which served as the building material for many structures in the village.

The magnificent beach of Hanioti attracts thousands of tourists every year. Today in the village the guests may enjoy a wonderful coastal park, a picturesque square with a fountain, restaurants, hotels and all the necessary amenities of a modern resort.