Many agencies in Vourvourou offer organised tours of Diaporos island. Prices range from 70 to 110EUR for a day.
Vegetarians will find themselves well catered for since vegetables feature prominently in Greek cuisine – a legacy of Orthodox fasting traditions. Look out for fasolakia yiahni (braised green beans), briam (oven-baked vegetable casserole) and vine-leaf dolmadhes.
Located near Sao Bento station and famous for its beautiful Azulejo tiles, Tapabento is a restaurant you don’t want to miss. It’s small and tucked away in a side street but the food is amazing! Isabel, the manager, treats the place like it’s her baby and the extreme care she puts in the food is definitely reflected on the dining experience.
Their dishes are reinterpretations of traditional Portuguese cuisine, not by trying to make them more ‘international’, but by augmenting the mix of flavors, bringing in stronger colors and pumping it full of fresh, local ingredients. This approach is what makes the restaurant so special and the flavors are truly mind-blowing.
If you don’t feel comfortable renting your own boat, or would rather have a guided tour, there are several day trips available that take you to Diaporos. These are usually organized through the same company that rents out kayaks in Vourvourou. Some even include lunch on the island!
The Wine Box
The Wine Box is an all-inclusive wine restaurant, set in a majestic villa that overlooks the Vourvourou Beach. It can accommodate large groups of family and friends, making it the perfect place for weddings, celebrations, and reunions. The restaurant also has a cellar, where guests can enjoy the wines of the region.
The 2016 Diaporos is a top-level red wine, a Xinomavro with 12% Syrah from the heart of Block #5 of Yianakohori Vineyard at Kir-Yianni in Naoussa. It is intense in aroma, robust in structure and has a long aging potential.
Sit under the stars, listen to the song of the cicadas and enjoy a glass of wine from northern Greece. Make small or daily excursions, discover hidden beaches, or wander around in the little villages of the area.
Guarany Cafe & Sweets
If you’re planning on visiting Diaporos, be sure to pack a cooler full of drinks and snacks. It’s a great way to spend the day on this gorgeous little island.
The uninhabited island of Diaporos is one of the best Sithonia beaches and is a true paradise. The crystal clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches are the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful beach time in Greece.
In the 1930’s, Porto was experiencing a cafe boom and Guarany was established on Avenida dos Aliados. It is one of the oldest cafes in town and the decoration is very different from other cafes. The triptych by Graça Morais is very original, and the marble high relief by Henrique Moreira, representing Guarany Indians, reveals a very successful conception.
There are several agencies in Vourvourou that rent out motor boats for the whole day at prices ranging from 70 to 110EUR. This is the cheapest way to visit Diaporos and it’s definitely worth it!
The Bar at Hotel Pestana
Diaporos is the largest island in the Sithonia’s nine-island archipelago and one of the most exotic places you could go on a boat trip in Halkidiki. It boasts a scattering of beaches and woodland hiking paths and its waters are an exquisite mix of light and dark blue. Among its most famous beaches is Myrsini, also known as White Beach or Hawaii beach for its white sand and saturated water.
The best way to visit Diaporos is by renting a private boat from Vourvourou. When you do, it is a good idea to bring snacks, hats and sun protection, as well as snorkel gear and some drinking water in a thermos or flask.
You’ll also want to pack a camera or GoPro to capture your boat trip around Diaporos. Whether you’re a foodie or a beach bum, there’s something for everyone on this island that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a day on the beach, eat fresh seafood or indulge in a tavern with stunning views of the sea and the mountains.