Nea Skioni is a traditional village, built close to the ancient city of Skioni, where its name comes from. Skioni was the oldest city of the Peninsula and has a great history. It had its own currency and had been a landmark even since the modern times. The old village was initially on the mainland hills and was called “Tsaprani”. It was later abandoned.
In the direction of Loutra Aghias Paraskevis and 2 kms away from Skioni, there is the church of Panagia Faneromeni, dating from the 16th century. In the church there is the icon of Panagia (St Mary), painted on the marble base of a statue. Local tradition is that the icon arrived by floating on the sea. When it was discovered by the inhabitants, it was admired to such a degree that they decided to build the church, on the beach. Visitors can view the 16th century frescos and read about the story of the church.
Today’s Nea Skioni is surrounding its picturesque fishing port, which supplies the region. The locals are mainly occupied by tourism and there are apartments and hotels, along with restaurants, bars, cafes and commercial shops.
The beach is awarded with a blue flag and quite often visitor have the opportunity to watch dolphins play close to the beach.
One of the events taking place in Skioni, is the anchovy festival, taking place on the early days of August and includes cultural happenings lasting three days. Visitors can have a great time during these events on the beach, taste local wine and fresh fish and listen to folk music.