According to Irodotos, during the Midikous wars, the Persian king Xerxes wanted to lead his fleet from Acanthus to Thermi (the first name of Thessaloniki) but he also wanted to avoid the stormy waters around the peninsula of Athos. He ordered for a deep canal to be opened which began in present Nea Roda and went right through to Tripiti connecting the gulf of Ierissos with the Siggitiko gulf, where the cities of Assa, Piloros, Singos and Sarti were. The project was supervised by Artachais who exceeded all the other Persians with a height of five royal pihes(1m=64cm) (almost 2,5 metres) and had the most loudest voice than all of them. When Xerxes was in Acanthus, Artachais died, something which he considered a big disaster. And because of this, he was given a splendid funeral and a most beautiful monument.
Those who love sea activities will find a sea sports rental and learning school while there is everyday transportation for those of you who wish to go on a sea tour around the Holy Mountain (Agio Oros).
In the traditional tavernas, you will find fresh fish and for your entertainment at night, there are clubs for all preferences. For your stay, you can choose rooms to let or apartments with a view of the sea and friendly service by the owners.