This is my first official entry from Greece and yes, it’s hot, the food tastes fantastic (especially those garden tomatoes) and I’m enjoying the company of family and friends. Our home is in Nea Kallikratia, Halkidiki – by the sea. One of the neigborhood towns is Nea Iraklia, just 6 km. north of Nea Kallikratia. Many of these towns along the coast of Halkidiki were settled by Greek refugees displaced during population exchanges between Turkey and Greece and the towns in Halkidiki with the “Nea” (new) prefix are named after the towns where these Greeks lived along the Sea of Marmarra.
Many of these towns rely on fishing and tourism as the main sources of income and commerce and when it comes to seafood tavernas, I’ve been taking family & friends to Nea Iraklia for seafood. Nea Iraklia is about 30 minutes south of Thessaloniki and even though there are lots of places around Thessaloniki to eat fish and seafood, there’s something special about eating fish and seafood by the sea…especially with sunsets like these!
“H Akti” in Nea Iraklia is where to go for fish and seafood. The old fella Kokkinos has had this taverna for as long as I’ve been coming to Halkidiki (1980’s) and I’ve never been disappointed in the food: decent prices, delicious dishes, freshest fish and seafood from the Thermaic Gulf. Let’s start with the sides…fried zucchini chips with housemade Tzaziki.
There’s always fresh fish…caught that day in the same waters where I swim each day and in the very waters the taverna overlooks. I love these grilled “loutsos”. These are small barracudas that look fierce but are light yet flavourful.
H Akti is located in Nea Iraklia, Halkidiki. 30 minutes south of Thessaloniki.
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