Hanioti or Chanioti are one and the same place, a very lively tourist resort, which is located on the east seaside of Kassandra orientated to the north-east, about 90 km from Thessaloniki airport and approximately in the middle of the peninsula. It is an area with life all year round with a permanent population of around 900 citizens.
Many years ago when Kassandra was separated into two different counties, the main offices for the municipality of Pallini, the southern half of Kassandra, was located in Hanioti. Nowadays, however only the water authority is still operating out of the same building and all other departments have relocated.
The resort of Hanioti is a relatively new town, which occupies the area between the beach up to the main road of Kassandra. Above on the hillside there are only housing developments and nothing commercial. Hanioti is also conveniently situated in-between the towns of Polihrono and Pefkohori and the distance is even walkable along the old beach road where there is little traffic.
Hanioti boasts a fine sandy beach, which is very long and has many trendy beach bars with comfy sun loungers and umbrellas as well as empty areas for the public to use. The central square is a unique feature, which sets Hanioti apart from other resorts in Kassandra. In the centre there is a water fountain surrounded by café-bars, restaurants and shops. All the streets are stone paved and during the summer the area is closed to traffic so it becomes alive with people out for an evening stroll around the multitude of souvenir shops. Directly in front of the central beach there is a big green park lined with trees, footpaths and benches, which was bequeathed to the town for its residents and visitors to enjoy. It gives the town centre a feeling of space and nature and is a lovely place to go and cool off when the summer heat is intense.
In Hanioti there are two large chain-store supermarkets, which remain open all year long as well as the cigarette kiosk, petrol station, butcher, fishmonger, bakery-patisserie, hairdresser, a furniture and DIY store and a few café-bars and restaurants. During the summer the centre is packed with souvenir shops. For children there is a playground with swings and slides, an all weather sports pitch and an outdoor play centre open in the evenings, which has a plethora of bouncy castles, trampolines, inflatable slides, go-karts and even a cafe-bar for the parents!
Hanioti continues to be an extremely popular area despite the fact that it is comparably more expensive than many other areas of Kassandra. In comparison with resorts on the west coast, only 10 minutes drive away, the price per square metre can be as much as 20% higher in Hanioti. The steady demand has put the resort at the top of the price list but it also attracts builders to the area so there are always new developments. Lately, second hand options can be harder to find and when they do go on the market they are relatively quick to sell, especially the more affordable old apartments for sale in Hanioti that are usually in need of some renovation. Also due to the popularity of the place, in recent years Hanioti has attracted many buy to let investors looking for a decent and reliable rental return.