Initially a monastic property in its majority, the land of 1,763 hectares on which Porto Carras resort is built came into the possession of Giannis Carras at the end of the 1960's.
It all started with a cruise to Mt. Athos, for the celebration of the 1000 years since the creation of the monastic community of Athos. Known Athenians, along with ship owner Giannis Carras are aboard the yacht of the Greek tycoon. They cruise offshore Sithonia, enter the Toroneos Gulf and… the fairytale begins! Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site...
The constructions began in 1973 with Villa Galini; on the rocky and infertile Galani hill, named after a thief who was killed there, the famous villa was built extending on a surface of two thousand square meters. A sample of unique architecture and beauty, furnished with exceptional monastic furniture and unique art works, featured in the ‘70s magazines as one of the most beautiful buildings of the country.
Within 3 years the area radically changed thanks to the marsh drainage scheme; huge numbers of trees were planted, an olive grove of 45,000 olive trees and a vineyard covering 475 hectares were created.
In 1976 Village Inn opens its doors bringing a true revolution in Greece’s tourist and cultural image, while Porto Carras Meliton opens in 1979 and Porto Carras Sithonia in 1980.
Few places in Greece were and still are so frequently visited by such a great number of famous and important people: Queen Juliana of Holland, Salvador Dali, the son of Aga Han, Stavros Niarhos, Rudolf Nureyev, Francois Mitterrand, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Margot Fonteyn, Joan Baez, Fiona Von Thyssen, the Rockfellers, Prince Albert of Monaco, President Puttin, Valery Giscard d’Estaing are only some of them.
In 1999 Technical Olympic Group submitted the highest bid during the relevant tender of the National Bank for the sale of Porto Carras. Ever since the Chairman and Managing Director, Konstantinos Stengos, made purpose of his life to bring Porto Carras Grand Resort to the foremost rank of the international tourist market.