“Like Halkidiki, nowhere” say the locals to point out the uniqueness of Halkidiki. Those who had a chance to visit Halkidiki would agree that this expression is not an exaggeration and it even conceals more truth than it reveals. Home to exotic beaches with crystal clear waters, mesmerizing landscapes and ‘rugged red mountains plunging down to sandy coves, heavy with the scent of pine and flowering gorse’, it is well worth a visit!
Here are some of the top reasons why you should add the Halkidiki peninsula in Northern Greece to your list of must-visit destinations:
1. Ideal destination for all types of travellers
The birthplace of the great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is the ultimate summer vacation destination for all types of travellers as it offers great choices for cosmopolitan and relaxing holidays. It is also divided into three peninsulas named Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos, which are usually referred to as the ‘three legs’.
Kassandra (first peninsula) is famous for its cosmopolitan character and its well-structured tourist facilities such as beach bars, nightclubs and festivals, whereas Sithonia (second peninsula) is quieter, more scenic than neighboring Kassandra and it’s a popular destination for those who want to enjoy the stunning natural beauty and visit its fascinating historical sites. Mount Athos (third peninsula) is an autonomous monastic state, similar to that of Lhasa in Tibet, but access is only allowed to men, who are members of the Orthodox church and also are monks or workers or men who take a special permit.
2. Endless beaches washed by crystal clear waters
Halkidiki represents an amazing coastline of 550km, establishing the region as a top summer Greek destination. Whether you are looking for a secluded cove where you can be alone or spend romantic time with your loved one; a more organised option with plenty of sunbeds and service from nearby cafes, bars and tavernas as well as many activities; or a quieter beach option to escape the crowds, you will be spoilt for choice with nearly 100 beaches.
3. Unique and diverse landscapes
With its beautiful nature, picturesque villages and breathtaking landscapes where the green of the pine forests contrasts with the intense blue of the sea, you will get to explore it with all your senses. This earthly paradise will surely enchant you wherever you look!
The fertile and great climate of Halkidiki is ideal for the production of various agricultural products of excellent quality, such as olive oil, olives, honey, wines, fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products, fish and meat. Don’t miss the chance to visit the small port villages where fishermen sell their catch of the day and the famous honey factory Nikiti – one of the largest factories in Europe!
4. A wide range of accommodation options
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options. From self-catering apartments and studios to 5* hotels and everything in between, you will get a sense of the Greek hospitality wherever you decide to stay. It is important to note that Nikiti, one of the villages located at the entrance of the picturesque Sithonia, is particularly favoured by tourists thanks to its location and the opportunity to find everything you need for a perfect vacation.
Anthemus Sea Beach Hotel and Spa, suited in Nikiti, is the primary option for tourists who are looking to stay at a hotel which provides close proximity to the best places to visit in the region, direct access to the beach, as well as comfort and luxury.
5. Easily accessible by car, bus and plane
Greece’s second-biggest city, Thessaloniki, is about an hour and a half drive away from Halkidiki, which makes it easily accessible from major European cities by various transportation means. Choose the way that suits you best and come experience first hand the gem of Greece!