Byzantine Tower (St. Paul's Tower)
Nea Fokaia
Multimedia Map Description

How to get

The village of Nea Fokaia, founded by migrants from Asia minor, has a rich and ancient history. Although the village has only been around in its modern form for a few decades, a reminder of its past still stands today. One of the village’s attractions is the Byzantine Tower.


The Byzantine Tower served as the watchtower of the Athos monastery of Agios pavlos, given to the monastery by the byzantine emperor John Palaiologos in 1407. The tower was constructed later using fragments from nearby ruins. At one time, a settlement existed on the hill where the tower stands.

During the greek war of independence against the turks, the Nea Fokaia tower was selected as the headquarters of the renowned revolutionary leader, Emmanuel Pappas. The tower managed to survive a fierce fire, yet its deteriorating roof had to be restored in 1976. Additionally, a legendary tale exists which states that the Nea Fokaia tower is linked to the Sani tower by secret passageways. These hidden passages were used by the locals for protection during enemy army assaults and maritime attacks.

The impressive tower of Nea Fokaia is now a hallmark of the town. It serves a role in cultural events and has been preserved in its original position due to the Kassandra summer festival. This particular tower of the many in Halkidiki is the best preserved


The tower stands out above the sea on the right side of the port. It is equipped with rectangular windows and battlements, making it a picturesque spot for photos. The hill it stands on functions as an outlook, offering a splendid view of Nea Fokaia and the surrounding area. It stands at a height of 17 m and covers an area of 50 sq. m. At night, it is illuminated and looks even more radiant. Climb the hill and watch the sunset to experience a tranquil place, steeped in history and folklore.

What to see nearby

Next to the tower stands the church of Agia Apostoli, constructed in 1868, with the ruins of its eastern and southern wings scattered around. Tourists of the orthod
ox faith will also find the cave of the Apostle Paul, a place of interest, worth visiting. This cave is divided into various chambers, the first one containing icons, and a candle stand. To continue the journey, you must pass through a very confined passage, culminating in a stone font, where — according to legend — Paul baptized the locals. In the far chamber, he is said to have hid from pagans. Those eager to traverse the passage must be aware that it is not an easy feat due to the tight space and high humidity. Moreover, there is a holy fountain in the vicinity, allowing visitors to get water.

Nea Fokaia is found on the Kassandra peninsula, 82 km from Thessaloniki. You can take a bus from the Thessaloniki to Halkidiki station, with a direct route to the village. To reach the harbor and beach, you’ll need to walk. The Byzantine Tower is positioned in the right hand side of the coastline.


Each june, Nea Fokaia hosts a traditional festival to celebrate the village, which can be combined with a trip to the Byzantine Tower.

Standing just beside the tower is the Nea Fokaia embankment featuring a few dining establishments with a picturesque view of the tower. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public, but you can still take in the views from the outside.