The name of Halkidiki is closely associated with its natural beauty. The evergreen forests, healthful air, and endless beaches make this peninsula very attractive for millions of vacationers.
A mild Mediterranean climate provides travelers with an opportunity to relax in Halkidiki from May up till late September. This destination attracts different categories of holidaymakers:

  • The fans of beach recreation will appreciate the beauty of the Halkidiki coastline;
  • The outdoor activities enthusiasts will also find facilities to their taste here. There are many forest trails suitable for long hikes and water sports as well;
  • The youth will certainly like local clubs and lounge bars on the coastline;
  • Halkidiki also provides excellent recreation facilities for families with children;
  • Everyone will remain pleased with the climate of the peninsula and its tranquil atmosphere.


Halkidiki is a combo of three picturesque peninsulas, each of which has its unique nature. If you take a look at the map, you will notice that it has the shape of the Trident of Poseidon. While speaking of Halkidiki, the Greeks often call it this way. The constituent peninsulas are situated in the following order: Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos.

The ancient history of the peninsula found its reflection in Greek mythology. Thus, one of the legends says that Mount Athos appeared after the giant Athos threw a huge stone into the sea. Sithonia was named after one of the sons of Poseidon, Sithon. The artifacts found in the area evidence about the presence of people since ancient times here, including the settlements and remains of the first residents of the European continent.
Halkidiki was the home for many developed cities: Sani, Toroni, Dion, Sarti, and Apollonia. It was an active participant of the Peloponnesian and Persian Wars and a member of the Athenian Union. Halkidiki was the part of the Macedonian state, ruled by Philip II. It experienced the influence of the Roman Empire.

The X century brought a significant twist into the history of Halkidiki. It was the time when people built the first Orthodox monastery in its area. Later, this place became the home for the only autonomous monastic republic in the world, Mount Athos. Halkidiki, as well as the majority of Greek territories, was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for several centuries. It gained freedom and become the part of independent Greece only in the early XX century thanks to the bravery of the rebels.

It took several decades for people to build roads between the remotest territories and develop the region into an attractive travel destination. At present, both the locals and guests of Greece like to recreate here. Halkidiki is a place where history, nature, and culture join, thereby turning the peninsula into the gem of Northern Greece.

How to get

Halkidiki is one of the favorite resort destination for the Europeans. That is why you will not find it difficult to get here. Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia” stands in the vicinity of the peninsula (depending on the remoteness of the resort – 30-90 minutes by car). It is the biggest gateway in Northern Greece, welcoming scheduled and charter flights.

Upon arrival at Thessaloniki Airport, you should leave the terminal and catch the №79 bus. It runs to the IKEA bus stop. Here, you will need to make a change for the №36 bus, running to the bus station KTEL Halkidikis. After that, you can buy the ticket for the bus that will deliver you to the required resort.

You can facilitate the task and reach the necessary resort in Halkidiki with comfort and without making changes. All you need to do is to book a transfer or rent a car.

How to move?

People who are used to use car rental facilities never regret such a decision. Halkidiki with its numerous beaches, natural beauty, and a great diversity of resorts is an excellent place for independent trips. It is a sin to relax only at the hotel or on the nearby beach when Halkidiki has so much to offer you! You can find the car rental offices at Thessaloniki Airport. Though it is better to make a reservation for a vehicle online, and it will be served into the airport or the city you need. By booking in advance, you can choose from more options and for reasonable prices. 

If you plan to take a short-distance trip (for example, to the nearby resort or the beach), you could use a taxi or a bicycle.

What to see?

Halkidiki is primarily visited to enjoy the sea and the beach. In each peninsula you will find great places to swim as well as tavernas, bars, stores and everything you need for your vacation. What are the differences and which peninsula of Halikidiki to choose?

  • Kassandra boasts a very developed infrastructure. If you need a large selection of restaurants, beach bars and stores, easy transport accessibility - you will love it here. Kassandra has many tourist towns within 5km of each other and in summer there is a lot of activity going on. That's not to say there aren't places for seclusion. You just need to choose a resort based on your goals:
    • Chanioti, Pefkohori, Kallithea, Polychrono, Nea Potidea are some of the most active places. You can choose one of them if you like animated atmosphere of resort towns, lots of souvenir shops and wide variety of establishments. The beaches are beautiful and long, sandy or pebbly, with a smooth entrance to the sea;
    • Afytos will appeal to people who like authentic architecture and views of the sea. Afytos has been called the "balcony of Kassandra" because of its bright panoramas. The village is also famous for its stone houses. The beach is quite far away and stony. It is better to come by car;
    • Kriopigi and the Paliouri-Kanistro region is famous for its beautiful villas for rent. Here you will find lush nature, solitude and beaches with few vacationers. This usually comes with some distance from tavernas and supermarkets. But if you have a car, you will usually find everything you need within a radius of 5 minutes drive;
    • Siviri, Posidi, Nea Skioni are quiet villages on the west side of the peninsula. They are less known than the others, but this does not affect the quality of the holiday. In these places, too, you can count on a peaceful holiday;
    • Sani is a premium resort, surrounded by a pine forest. You can choose to stay in the hotels of Sani Resort, as well as accommodation in villas nearby.
  • Sithonia attracts with its magnificent nature. This peninsula has more mountainous terrain, so there are more "wild" natural places: hidden bays and mountains covered with forests. There are less villages on Sithonia and a part of the peninsula is considered a protected area, so the choice of villas and hotels is not as great as on Kassandra. Popular destinations:
    • Nikiti is the number one on Sithonia, a large village with a long coastline. It is similar to Pefkohori in its structure: a long promenade by the sea, a wide choice of accommodations for rent, lots of supermarkets and tavernas. It is easy to walk as there are no hills; there are beach bars as well as free areas of the beach;
    • Neos Marmaras. Second most popular in Sithonia, this town enchants with its sea views and stunning sunsets. Nestled in the hills, Neos Marmaras delights the eye with its beautiful scenery. Keep in mind: it is more suitable for fans of "urban" holidays, as there is almost no beach in the center, so all lovers of swimming come to the beach at the edge of the village;
    • Toroni and Sarti. Both are located at the end of Sithonia. But both of them offer beautiful sandy beaches and a lot of beautiful and quiet places around;
    • Vourvourou. In fact, it is not a village but an area with the most beautiful beaches of Sithonia. Vourvourou is considered one of the best spots in Sithonia for vacationing in a villa rental and for admiring nature. Those who want complete privacy should consider the island of Diaporos.
  • Athos. Due to its remoteness and proximity to the monastic state of Athos, the rest on this peninsula (or rather its accessible part) is calm and measured. The main villages are Ouranoupoli, Ierissos and Nea Roda. If you are looking for serenity even in high season, pay attention to Nea Roda and its surroundings.

Halkidiki has a lot to see beyond the beaches. All Halkidiki attractions can be divided into several categories:

What to do?

Halkidiki is that “ideal destination” which has it all for any type of traveler. It is a comfortable place for youth, fans of outdoor activities and excursions, and people who cannot imagine their lives without shopping.

Excursions and activities

You can find outdoor activities in Halkidiki without leaving the territory of your resort. Almost every beach (except for the most secluded ones) offers boat rentals, catamarans, etc. The peninsula is an ideal place to go cycling, trekking, and hiking along the picturesque trails. Some of the resort cities (Neos Marmaras, Kallithea, and Nea Moudania) also offer kart clubs.

Speaking of popular activities in Sithonia, one cannot miss noticing kayaking. Vourvourou is the best place for it: it has shallow waters and many small islands. You can learn more about Halkidiki by taking a horseback riding tour or a jeep safari through little-investigated nooks of the peninsula.

Sea tours are especially exciting in Halkidiki. The routes are diverse: you can go on a cruise along the shores of Mount Athos, explore the beaches of Sithonia or discover the beautiful Ammouliani Island. Halkidiki offers its guests many pilgrimage tours to the shrines of Thessaloniki, Mount Athos, and mainland Greece.

A city boasting a rich and eventful history is Polygyros. It is the capital of Halkidiki, impressing travelers with the picturesque old town and constructions of the Ottoman rule times. The Folklore Museum of Polygyros exhibits the ancient findings from all over the peninsula.

If you want to get profound knowledge about Greece, you should draw your attention to excursions. Halkidiki is a comfortable starting point for many tours. You can take a trip to Thessaloniki – the second biggest city in Greece with centuries-old heritage; legendary Meteora – the complex of monasteries sitting on the rocks; Vergina, Kastoria, and Dion.

What are the beaches like in Halkidiki?

The beaches are a visit card of Halkidiki. It has wonderful options for all tastes.There are long sandy beaches and small pebbled ones, lively areas and tranquil harbors. Many of Halkidiki beaches are surrounded by luscious forests which lend peculiar enchantment to local landscapes.
Here are the best beaches in Halkidiki you cannot miss visiting:

  • Kallithea is a perfect sandy beach in the center of Kassandra, with fine golden sand and a smooth entrance to the water;
  • Posidi is a sandy cape jutting out into the sea on the west coast of Kassandra. It is about one kilometer long, so there is enough room for everyone. On the other side of the cape are cozy and stylish beach bars;
  • Nea Potidea Beach is the main beach of the same-named resort. It is wide, spacious, and covered with the mix of small pebbles and sands. Nea Potidea beach has a well-developed infrastructure: there are playgrounds, water sports, chaise loungers, and cafes;
  • Chrousso/ Xenia is a very popular beach surrounded by a pine forest. There are hangout bars, water sports and plenty of space for everyone to relax;
  • Lagomandra Beach – is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sithonia, which is covered with silky sands. It has a mildly-sloping entry. The beach offers water activities and all the necessary infrastructure facilities to its guests;
  • Kavourotripes Beach – this beach consists of several separated coves. It is an idyllic place for fans of nature and seclusion.
  • VourvourouKaridi Beach – is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Halkidiki. Vacationers come then to enjoy the natural beauty of picturesque bays surrounded by pine trees;
  • Hanioti Beach is a great place for vacationers who are used to enjoy well-developed infrastructure. Hanioti is always busy with visitors. There are many bars and water activities on it. The local sea is clean and calm.

There are over 70 beaches in Halkidiki in total. Thus, you will undoubtedly find the one to your taste.

Family recreation

Any peninsula of Halkidiki is a great match for a family vacation. Local beaches are clean and safe for children. The hotels offer special children’s menus and animators. There is also a great number of exciting excursions. You can take a one-day cruise and visit Aristotle Park in Stagira, Petralona Cave, have fun in Dinos Luna Park in Pefkohori, and take a glance in Thessaloniki, known for its aquapark, and amusement Magic Park.

Recreation facilities for youth

Halkidiki is a popular holiday destination with youth: there are many bars, offering a diverse cocktail menu and loud beach parties. Kallithea in Kassandra is considered to be the center of Halkidiki nightlife – it is a place, where you can find the best entertainment in the summer. Apart from Kallithea, you can find nice bars in Chanioti and Pefkohori.

Regarding Sithonia, most of its clubs are situated in Neos Marmaras. It is arguably one of the posh and lively cities in the second “finger” of Halkidiki.

Halkidiki shopping

Halkidiki can hardly be compared to Athens or Thessaloniki when it comes to shopping. Nevertheless, the choice of goods here is impressive. You can buy almost everything on the peninsula: staring from fur-coats up to olive oil. There are many antique shops, leather goods, and jewelry stores, and traditional craft shops (textiles, ceramics, goods made of the olive tree, etc.).
Hanioti boasts a rich choice of cosmetics, while Sani attract visitors with brand clothes. Nikiti is best known for its honey of local production. You can buy some beach clothes and nice souvenirs in Afitos and Kallithea. You can also take a ride to Thessaloniki: in addition to brand boutique shops, the northern capital of Greece has great plenty of shopping malls and outlets.

Holidays and events

The summer months in Halkidiki are rich in events. Here are the festivals and celebrations which are worth a visit:

  • The Festival of Kassandra – it has been held for almost 30 years in the Amphitheatre of Siviri. It is held in July and August. It includes dancing, musical, and folklore events.
  • Sani Festival – one of the main events in the cultural program of Halkidiki. It takes place in July and August. During the festival, people are offered to enjoy jazz, ethnic, and classic music concerts.
  • The Summer Festival in Afitos – at the height of the season, the central square turns into the ground for concerts.
  • The Honey Festival in Fourka – it is held in August. The guests of the village are offered to enjoy concerts and various tastings.
  • Sardine Festival at Nea Moudania – is held in July. The settlement treats its guests with a great diversity of dishes made of sardines.
  • The Open water Swimming Festival – the route of this exciting event starts in Kallithea. The endpoint is Nikiti. The sports competition has been annually held for over 40 years. Each year it is followed by a great number of events.
  • Tuna Festival in Porto Koufo – this event takes place in September. It invites people to get familiar with the traditional cuisine of the peninsula.
  • The Festival of Agios Mamas (late August–early September) – it is the trade fair, which annually attracts thousands of visitors. This event is followed by concerts and performances of folklore groups.

Where to stay?

Halkidiki hotels

The choice of hotels in Halkidiki can please travelers with any requirements and budget. There are both large hotel complexes of famous Greek hotel chains and small apartments in the peninsula. Most large hotels are situated in Kassandra. Regarding Sithonia, travelers usually seek for apartments and 2-3-star hotels there.
The hotels of advanced level have everything for a terrific vacation without any exception – starting from SPA-centers, restaurants, and bars up to diving centers and tennis courts. The most popular 5 star hotels in Halkidiki are Sani Resort, Danai, Miraggio, Ikos Olivia, Porto Carras and Avaton.


In comparison with many resorts in Greece, you will find more villas in Halkidiki within walking distance to the beaches. Apart from this it is possible to choose from a big amount of different villas in Halkidiki: in the touristic areas and outside, on the seafront or on a hill overlooking the sea, with or without a swimming pool, with any number of bedrooms and so on. If you want to know which area of Halkidiki is best for you, ask our Aktis Villas consultant. We will not only help you choose the best option, but will also give you orientation about the area, information about the infrastructure and additional services and we will answer any questions you may have.

What to taste?

Halkidiki cuisine includes the nest traditions of Greece and international gastronomy. There are authentic taverns, fashionable restaurants, fast food venues, pizzerias, coffee shops, and bars in the resort cities throughout Greece.
The pride of Halkidiki is local olives, which are used in different dishes. You can find them in a famous Greek Horiatiki Salad. Halkidiki olives are big and characterized by excellent gustatory qualities. People often stuff them (with almond, lime, and garlic) and serve as tapas, included in mezze.

The menu of coastal taverns in Halkidiki grounds on seafood and fresh fish dishes. People usually grill octopuses, calamari, and fish and serve with a slice of lemon and a salad made of fresh vegetables. Meat is cooked the same way: on a grill with spices, adding exceptional scents to the dish.

What else to try in Halkidiki? You should necessarily try traditional meatballs, tzatziki, moussaka, Beef Stifado, and gyros. How about some drinks? Of course, it is wine (home-made and from the best wineries), ouzo, and Retsina.

Useful info

  • While choosing a resort in Halkidiki, it is important to draw your attention to its location. The coastline of some resorts is steeply sloping into the sea – this peculiarity does not fit all;
  • The men who plan a visit to Mount Athos should pay attention that they should claim a special visa to do that;
  • The tourist season in Halkidiki starts in May and ends in September. The best time for a relaxed holiday there is June and the velvet season. At the same time, if you come during high season (July – August), the water gets as warm as possible;
  • Halkidiki climate is characterized as mild. The peninsula drowns in the greenery. Nevertheless, you should not forget about protection from sunlight: use sunscreen lotions, headwear, and do not lay in the sun from 12:00 to 16:00.