A well kept secret in the Greek islands, Halkidiki is a veritable paradise for holidaymakers. Successfully managing to keep its traditional charm, Halkidiki is excellent for those holidaymakers who want to get away from the grind of daily life and enjoy some much needed relaxation. The laid back atmosphere doesn’t mean there is nothing to do though as there are plenty of attractions available for you to enjoy, including great shopping, fantastic restaurants and even the occasional nightclub. All of this is coupled with blissful beaches, a warm welcome and of course the beautiful weather we’ve come to expect from Greece.
Unlike other European holiday destinations, Halkidiki has managed to keep a more laid back atmosphere and is ideally best suited for those looking to experience an authentic taste of Greece. Relaxation is available in spades and there are plenty of beaches for you to relax on, from secluded coves to wide swathes of sand shelving gently into azure blue waters. The busier beaches even offer some exciting water sports for those who don’t want to laze in the sand, but prefer to enjoy something more exhilarating.
Back on dry land there is still plenty to do, including a lot of shopping. You can pick up everything from the usual touristy trinkets for those left behind in the cold, great handmade jewellery and local produce. For shopping in a great atmosphere, you might want to try the market, full of exotic sounds, sights and smells.
Food too, is readily available and utterly delicious, not surprising since Greece prides itself on its fantastic produce. The restaurants are full of freshly caught fish and locally produced vegetables and local delicacies like Souvlaki are well worth a try.
As the sun goes down, the entertainment keeps going, so visitors are able to experience the great atmosphere at the local bars and nightclubs. The bars range in liveliness from quiet bars for an evening tipple to cocktail bars and live music venues.
Kalithea is an excellent holiday destination for guests of all tastes, providing great weather, a fantastic atmosphere and delightful amenities. Those seeking relaxation will find themselves at home on the sandy beaches, lazing in the sand with a good book. Entertainment is available too, with a great number of traditional and international restaurants, great friendly bars and even the occasional disco.
This three-fingered peninsula juts out into the Aegean Sea from the north of the Greek mainland. It’s not as well-known as many of the other Greek holiday destinations, but that’s just its appeal. The region offers visitors a go-slow atmosphere and some of the best scenery in the country – both along the coast and further inland.
The westernmost peninsula, called Kassandra, is the most popular of the three. Visitors tend to make a beeline for the town of Hanioti, with its village square and evening markets. Then there’s sophisticated Sani, a purpose-built resort that’s fronted by a Blue Flag beach and a yacht-filled marina. Finally, you’ve got Kalithea, which is your best bet if you’re looking for a lively after-hours scene.
The next peninsula over, called Sithonia, is wilder and more rugged than Kassandra. As a result, tiny fishing villages and sprawling pine forests are more common than holiday resorts. People tend to head here to enjoy the great outdoors. Secluded coves and virgin bays set the scene along the coast, and myriad walking trails weave their way inland.
Mount Athos is the easternmost of Halkidiki’s peninsulas. This monastic republic is strictly off limits to visitors, but you can get a good look at the place with a boat trip around its shores.
Sani is a vibrant seaside town on the Kassandra Peninsula, part of Halkidiki in northern Greece. Million-pound yachts fill the elegant marina, which is ringed with restaurants, bars and boutique shops. Setting wise, you’ve got Mount Olympus in the distance and a wide swathe of sandy beach on the coast. The area’s great for rural hikes, and you can fit in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, in a day.
Nea Moudania is the second-biggest town in Halkidiki on mainland Greece, and one of the country’s biggest fishing ports. That’s good news for those after shops and amenities – there are plenty here. You’ve also got a couple of big landmarks – like the 2,000-seater open amphitheatre, and the pretty basilica that sits on top of the hill. Plus there’s a stunner of a sandy beach.
This pretty old village perches on a hillside near Kallithea, on northern Greece’s Kassandra peninsula. It’s best known for its sandy beach, though it’s also bagged the best of the countryside, being surrounded by woodland and olive groves. There’s a cool spring – the krio pigi that gives the town its name – together with a quaint town square and an ancient amphitheatre.