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Holidays In Gerakini

Gerakini Holidays at a Glance

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A self-sufficient little resort providing all the necessary for a relaxing beach holiday, Gerakini is situated amidst some of Greece’s most gloriously unspoilt countryside. You’ll find a coastline laced with lovely sandy beaches, sunsets to die for, and a friendly warmth among the locals to match the sure sun in summer. There’s plenty to explore further afield, too, including pine-laden mountains, some fascinating historical sites and the thriving town of Thessaloniki. If you want to see Greece at its natural best, put your money on a holiday here.

Who holidays here:

Gerakini is a popular resort with young families and couples for its sandy beach and safe sea, and is a great base to enjoy the relaxed Greek lifestyle and unspoilt landscapes of this often-overlooked holiday destination. For adventurers, its proximity to some fascinating towns and heritage sites is a big plus. 

Key Facts - Gerakini

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

Surrounded by a typical Greek landscape of olive groves and pine-covered hills, Gerakini is a pretty, sea-side village with a palm-lined path alongside golden sand, at the northern end of Sithonia, the middle finger of Halkidiki’s three sister peninsulas. It grew up out of a settlement established around granulite mines, becoming known to tourists around the 1960s.  Today it is a friendly, if small resort with a great sandy beach and all the basics to hand. It’s popular with young families and couples who love it for its relaxing atmosphere, reliable sunshine, great swimming and watersports. 

A smattering of traditional tavernas, cafes, mini-markets and souvenir shops are sufficient to provide the usual holiday essentials and see you through lazy days enjoying the Greek sunshine. At night, locally caught fish, a glass of wine and some olives, with the sun slowly setting before you is a romantic way to end the day. But if you do want to take the pace up a peg or two, the more cosmopolitan, larger town, of Nea Moudania is  a short taxi ride away, or Poligiros, the main town of Halkidiki, is 13 kms distant.

Gerakini is an ideal base, generally, for excursions, and there are some exciting walks and tours among the unspoiled landscapes and densely wooded Cholomondas mountains. Throughout the area are clean and uncluttered secluded beaches where the sea is sparklingly clear. 

Longer trips might take in some worthwhile archaeological sites such as Olynthos, just north of Gerakini, Stageira, birthplace of Aristotle about two hours east in a car, and the ancient Macedonian sites of Pella and Vergina, also a couple of hours away. The bustling city of Thessaloniki is easily reachable in under an hour. With plenty to do and see, it’s worth booking an overnight stay here to wander its lively maze of streets and admire its many historical points of interest.

The Kassandra Peninsula to the west has some large and thriving resorts, and Mount Athos is to the east, making up the third finger of Halkidiki. It is often referred to as as Holy Mountain, as it is home to 20 monasteries which, though in Greece, remain under the jurisdiction of Constantinople. It is an area of exceptional and magnificent natural beauty, entirely dedicated to the worship of God.

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.

  • Scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Boat trips
  • Horse riding
  • Watersports
  • Walking

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.

Eating/Drinking During Gerakini 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 Gerakini 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 region.

Gerakini 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 Gerakini - 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.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Halkidiki 19 25 28 32 32 28 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Halkidiki 7 9 10 12 11 8 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 Halkidiki Holidays - 5 Day Forecast

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