Porto Carras (Greek: Πόρτο Καρράς), known as Porto Carras Grand Resort, is one of northern Greece's largest and most famous hotels and holiday resorts. It is located on Sithonia, Chalkidiki peninsula in Macedonia, Greece. It is about 120 km away from Greece's second-biggest city, Thessaloniki. In April 2020, Porto Carras changed ownership and became a proud member of Belterra Investments Group.
Porto Carras Grand Resort includes two major hotels, the 5-star Meliton and 4-star Sithonia as well as the exclusive private villa Kalyva Mare.
Porto Carras is the most complete beachfront resort in Greece within a breathtaking natural environment. With a renovated private 315-berth Marina, the largest Conference Hall in Northern Greece, a luxury Casino with two venues, a unique Thalassotherapy & Spa centre, a 18-hole Golf Course, Horse Riding facilities, a Tennis Club and 6 refurbished courses, along with Domaine Porto Carras featuring Greece's largest organic vineyard, where you can sense the powerful vibe of nature's beauty mixed with Porto Carras’ iconic hospitality service.
Set in a sprawling 1763 hectares of total resort area, a pristine verdant landscape with spectacular golden beaches and crystal-clear waters, Porto Carras Grand Resort offers the ideal space for complete privacy and relaxation, with secure outdoor facilities and high-quality services.
The endless beach, including 25 secluded pristine coves, awarded yearly with the Blue Flag certification, offers countless ways to recharge: swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing. But beach side bliss is only the start: enjoy a host of outdoor activities from horse riding to tennis, to basketball, beach volley, football, soccer 5X5, trekking, jogging, cycling, and mountain biking.
With a wide range of restaurants and bars located all around the complex, Porto Carras Grand Resort ensures an ultimate dining experience characterised by an authentic gourmet cuisine, prepared with local, fresh, organically grown produce. For the perfect end to a sun-filled day, relax with an expertly made cocktail and the sound of live music at one of the 5 bars across the resort or opt for exciting gaming moments, at the Porto Carras Casino Meliton Privé offering an exceptional playing environment, all-year round.
Porto Carras was created by Yiannis Carras, a Greek businessman and ship-owner. Originally it was planned with the renowned architect Walter Gropius, but the construction works started posthumously in 1973. The project brought a revolution to Halkidiki's tourism.
During June 2003, Porto Carras was the place of the Thessaloniki European Union Summit; organized under the Greek Presidency, during which the draft Constitution of the E.U. was presented for first time. The 25 leaders of European Union, along with Turkey's Prime Minister and the heads of NATO and E.U. took part in an official dinner, hosted by the then President of the Hellenic Republic.
There was also held the European Team Chess Championships 2011.