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Afytos or Afitos (Greek, Modern: Άφυτος) is a village in the Chalkidiki prefecture, northern Greece. It is part of the municipality Kassandra, and located 84 km southeast of Thessaloniki and 47 km south of Polygyros. Its 2001 population was 1,227. Its elevation is 50 m. The GR-61 (Thessaloniki - Pefkochori - Kassandreia) passes by and is north of the junction at Kallithea.

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Nearest places

  • Kallithea, south (distance: 3 km)
  • Fylakai Karakallou, west
  • Nea Fokaia, northwest (distance: 5 km)

Population

Year Population
1991 838
2001 1,227

Geography

Much of the area are mountainous and are also forested with pine, cypresses and cedars, farmlands are around the village and barren land are along the coastline.

The village has about 5 km of paved road, 6 to 7 of gravel road and 4 to 5 km of hydro and phone lines.

History

Afytos dates back to ancient times and was known as Aphytos and was part of Pallene[1]. Afytos also has a beach and tourism forms a part of its industry other than agriculture. During the later centuries, nothing became known from Afytos and most of its sources dates back as early as the 14th century. During the revolution in 1821, many revolutionaries and fighters with origins from the villages were leaders of the event including Triantafyllos Garoufallou, Georgios Panagiotou and Anastassios Kiriazis[2]. Tourism rose after World War II.

After World War II and the Greek Civil War, its buildings were rebuilt and emigration was not as high as other parts of Greece. In 1997, the ex-community (now a village and a municipal district) joined to become the newly formed municipality of Anthidonas.

The folklore museum was founded in 1980 by the folklore councillor Nikos Paralis. The museum is located in the building of the Alevras family.

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There is a kindergarten and an elementary schools, a church and a square. Its economy is based mainly on agricultural products.

Councils and clubs include the Folklore Friendship Council and Afytos Tradition. It also has a local soccer team that plays in the prefectural first division (see Halkidiki FCA).

References

  • Tourist Directory, Central and Western Macedonia, Explorer, 2003

External links

Coordinates: 40°06′00″N 23°26′06″E / 40.1°N 23.435°E / 40.1; 23.435

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Afytos, also spelt Athytos or Afitos, is a city on the Kassandra peninsula in Greece.

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