Holidays In Halkidiki
Halkidiki Holidays at a glance
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Located in the North East corner of Greece the peninsular of Halkidiki provides some of Greece's most untouched, yet startlingly beautiful scenery and offers an authentic slice of traditional Greek life. Despite its relative isolation, this three pronged peninsular that juts into the Aegean Sea boasts endless sandy beaches, picturesque villages and many places of historic interest. Most holiday activity is to be found on the most westerly peninsular - Kassandra. The next peninsular, Sithonia has a wilder and more rugged appearance and is home to pine forests and a number of secluded bays. The most easterly 'Mount Athos' peninsular contains some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece and is a holy region, full of monasteries although not easily accessible to most visitors.
Holidays in Halkidiki have a perfect combination of sand and shingle beaches running the length of the Kassandra peninsular bordering the crystal clear waters of the Aegean as well as spectacular scenery.
Who holidays in Halkidiki?
Holidays to Halkidiki are perfect for those in search of tranquillity and traditional Greek life. For the more active, Halkidiki also offers great sporting and watersports opportunities along the Kassandra peninsular as well as limitless places of historical importance to explore, spread across the entire region.
Key Facts - Halkidiki
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportSalonica (SKG)
Halkidiki Holidays - Destination Profile
The relatively untouched peninsular of Halkidiki is a haven of secluded beaches, quaint traditional Greek villages and rolling hills of pine forests and is regarded by those in the know as being one of the best kept secrets in Greece.
With a wealth of historical treasures to explore from Byzantine to Roman it is also bursting with some of Greece's most interesting places in which to visit.
The three peninsulas include Athos to the East and with Mount Athos towering above it is home to some startlingly spectacular scenery as well as around twenty monasteries.
Sithonia, in the middle, is regarded by many as one of Greece's hidden gems with numerous secluded sandy beaches and rolling pine clad hills.
The most westerly peninsular of Kassandra features most of the region's resorts such as the purpose built resort of Sani, which has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants set around a modern harbour and is surrounded by lush green countryside.
With crystal clear waters and a near perfect sandy beach Kalithea is an ideal place for families with an abundance of water sports available as well as a great choice of bars, restaurants and tavernas. The view across to the hills of Sithonia is also breathtaking.
The bustling resort of Hanioti is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in traditional Greek life. The main village square is home to a number of typically Greek tavernas as well some music bars. The long stretch of beach also provides some great watersport opportunities.
On the beaches of Halkidiki, holidaymakers will discover gorgeous stretches of coastline fringed by enticing tropical waters. Extensive sand and shingle beaches run the length of the Kassandra peninsula providing idyllic walking trails. What's more, dense vegetation and lush forests are also waiting to be explored by intrepid holidaymakers in this heavenly destination.
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Holidays in Halkidiki - Things to see
Afitos: Thought by many to be the most attractive spot on the Kassandra peninsular, Afitos is a traditional village made up of stone houses, paved streets and an amazing view out to sea.
Thessaloniki: The second largest city in Greece, Thesaloniki has many historical sites from its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Jewish past such as the old town and the oldest church - St Dimitrios plus it has a vibrant nightlife.
Sithonia: One of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas in Halkidiki and perhaps, best accessed by car. There are numerous traditional villages and also many secluded beaches with crystal clear waters.
Mount Athos Peninsula: The most spectacular and unspoilt place in the region. Famous for its Orthodox monasteries, women are not allowed to enter the area while men need to seek permission.
Cave of Petralona: Located near Nea Moudania village the cave which was discovered in 1959 is adorned with stalagmites and stalactites and in 1960 a human skull thought to be 700000 years old was also found there.
Lake of Polychrono: This lovely lake located west of Kassandra Village is surrounded by pine trees and is also home to a rare species of turtles.
The Tower of Apostle Paul: Built in 1407 to protect the village from invasion with a small church built next to it that sits as a monument to the 12 evangelists.
Things to do on a Holiday in Halkidiki
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Boat trips
- Horse riding
Fun Day Cruise: Sun, fun and adventure. Sample the delicious BBQ on the golden beach. Join Captain Mike and sail across the crystal blue waters to Sithonia. Once you have moored at one of the golden sandy beaches you'll be able to swim and sunbathe as the crew on board prepares the BBQ. The highlight of the day is Turtle Island where you will have ample time for cooling off in the crystal clear waters.
Alexander & Dion: Make the most of your time in such a historic part of the world. Take a trip back in time at the foothills of Mt Olympus . You will take a stroll around Dion the well preserved archaeological site and admire the colourful mosaics. You'll travel across the arid planes to the resting place of Philip II. Vergina is the only archaeological site within a museum in the world.
Petralona Caves: Mother nature's phenomenon. Visit the caves with our expert guide and amaze at the stalactites and stalagmites. These caves are believed to be the most impressive in Northern Greece.
Sightseeing and Shopping in Thessaloniki: The city that should not be missed whilst visiting this beautiful area of Greece. Visit the second largest city in Greece and witness the sights with our expert local guide. Experience the Church of St Dimitris, the biggest in Thessaloniki and visit the crypt of St Dimitrios.
Sunset Cruise: Chill out on a relaxing late afternoon cruise and enjoy a fun evening of traditional cuisine and entertainment in sublime surroundings.
Journey Across the Calm Sea: Unwind with a drink from the bar whilst your BBQ meal is being prepared. As you watch the end of a day come to a close, the sun slowly dips down below the horizon turning the sky a romantic red. Live music is played to serenade you throughout the night.
See your resort representative at your Welcome Get Together on the day after your arrival in resort. At the Get Together be sure to confirm your place on any of the above days and nights out as spaces are limited.
Eating/Drinking During Halkidiki Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Halkidiki Holidays
Bus: Buses are frequent, punctual and cheap although not always air-conditioned. The KTEL Bus service provides local links to numerous towns and villages on the Kassandra peninsular and Halkidiki as a whole, as well as longer distance journeys further inland to Thessaloniki and to the region's administrative capital, Poligyros.
Boat: In the Kassandra peninsular from Nea Moudania, there are speed boat itineraries during the summer to Thessaloniki and the Sporades.
Taxi: Even the smallest of villages in the Halkidiki region generally have one or two taxis, and of course the tourist areas have many more on offer. All taxis are on meter, but it might be a good idea to ask the driver for a rough idea of the price before you set off.
Car: An excellent way of getting around during Halkidiki holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.
Halkidiki Holidays Shopping
Many gold products can be found in the three coloured Cartier styles. There are many styles of ceramics to be found in the area. As well as the gold plated style, you can find the red and black style that is found all over Greece. For wool products, Arnea in the Holoman Mountains, is the place to go to see the ladies of the village busy spinning and weaving the handmade Flokati rugs, carpets and tapestries.
Holidays in Halkidiki - Beaches
Afitos Beach: Afitos Beach is found 1 km from the village centre, down a steep hill. Situated in a small bay, with boats moored in deeper waters, sun beds and umbrellas are available on this white sandy beach. Enjoy a meal at one of the two nearby tavernas and watch the locals mending their fishing nets whilst sharing village gossip.
Kriopigi Beach: Kriopigi Beach is approximately a 30 minutes walk down a steep, windy road from the village. With an away from it all feel it is a relatively quiet beach with fine shingle and beautiful clear waters backed by pine trees.
Hanioti Beach: Hanioti Beach is a long golden beach offering a variety of water sports. Plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. With beautiful views across to the Sithonia peninsular the beach is also very popular with the locals.
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