Famed for its sun-drenched beaches and majestic natural landscapes, Halkidiki is a popular holiday destination in northern Greece. It’s divided into three peninsulas: Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos, each of which will appeal to different styles of travellers. The easternmost peninsula is home to Mount Athos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where over 1,700 monks reside in Eastern Orthodox monasteries.
Things to do in Halkidiki
Whether you want to stay in the lively seaside resorts of the Kassandra peninsula or explore the region’s ancient ruins, Halkidiki is just a stone’s throw from Thessaloniki.
Experience the nightlife of Kassandra. The westernmost peninsula, Kassandra, is clustered with modern resorts and nightclubs where you can party into the early hours of the morning. Summer concerts are regularly held in the amphitheatre of Nea Moudania while some of the world’s best jazz musicians descend on Sani for its annual festival.
Tour Halkidiki’s archaeological sites. History buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to the birthplace of Aristotle, Stageira, or the ancient city of Olynthus, which is famed for its beautifully preserved mosaic floors. Also not to miss are the remains of the Temple of Ammon Zeus in Kallithea and the Poseidon Temple Archaeological Site in Posidi.
Explore the traditional villages. Traditional mountain villages such as Taxiarhis dot the rugged landscapes of northern Halkidiki, which is also home to the charming Macedonian settlement of Arnea. After wandering along its cobblestone streets backed by the peak of Mount Holomondas, head to Agios Prodromos to sample its world-renowned souvlaki.
Relax on the beautiful beaches. Kick back on the long stretch of sand at Chrouso or dive into the crystal clear waters of Kavourotripes Beach. At the southwestern tip of the Kassandra peninsula is the 19th-century Posidi Lighthouse, which overlooks an uncrowded beach that boasts magnificent sunsets.
Getting around Halkidiki
Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is around an hour’s drive from Halkidiki and buses connect the region to central Thessaloniki and the Greek capital, Athens. Buses also travel between towns and villages throughout Halkidiki, although having your own vehicle will give you greater freedom to explore the region’s attractions.