Mini guide to Halkidiki
Located to the southeast of Thessaloniki in the north of Greece, Halkidiki
attracts visitors with its crystal clear sea, remote bays, beautiful small islands
and picturesque villages, where you can admire the traditional architecture
and archaeological treasures.
With its characteristic three peninsulas of Kasandra, Sithonia and Mt Athos,
Halkidiki resembles a trident piercing the Aegean. Kasandra is the most popular
and developed of the peninsulas with easy to find secluded hideaways; Sithonia
will appeal more to the nature lover with its exciting rugged landscape, quaint
fishing villages and deserted beaches; and Mount Athos, by far the most beautiful
and spectacular peninsula, is inhabited by semi-autonomous monks from 20 monasteries.
An impressive conical hill, the famous Ai Lias and the homonymous country church
overlook Poligiros, the capital of the Halkidiki prefecture. Built on the south
foothills of Mount Holomonta at 550m above sea level, the town affords magnificent
views of the stunning coastline.
Greek tavernas, cafés, bars and other entertainment, as well as a wide
variety of recreational facilities are all available and, in keeping with the
natural beauty, new buildings and hotels are designed in the traditional Macedonian
style which complements the environment, adding to the atmosphere.
The three peninsulas are best seen by car, but why not also head inland on
Halkidiki's interesting road network and visit the many villages -- primeval,
ancient Byzantine and modern.
Thessaloniki is well serviced by road and rail and the airport receives regular
domestic and European flights. Transfer to Halkidiki by bus or taxi.
Selection of hotels in this region:
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full list of hotels and online booking