If lush green landscapes, sapphire blue waters and scorching sunshine are what you’re seeking, you’ll find what you’re looking for on holidays to Halkidiki. Located in northern Greece, the peninsula of Halkidiki is the ideal place to discover a slice of local life while getting some much needed beach relaxation. Nestled between the beautiful Aegean Sea and majestic rural mountains, the region boasts several different holiday resorts, including bustling Kassandra and tranquil Sithonia, where you are sure to find something to suit. With its laid-back charm and small town feel, there is always something new to be experienced in Halkidiki, be it soft sand beaches or welcoming hotels. Located alongside the Aegean Sea, this Greek peninsula is known for its laid-back pace and charming atmosphere. From the sophistication of Sani with its yacht-filled marina, to the hustle and bustle of Kassandra to a thriving nightlife in Kalithea – you’re sure to find plenty of things to do in Halkidiki. Sail away by boat around its picturesque coastline or simply sit back and enjoy the views as you linger over a cocktail in a nearby bar – you’ll soon feel like a VIP on your Greek getaway.
Top hotels in Halkidiki
Sonia Village Family Resort
Alexander The Great
Ammon Zeus Hotel
Kalithea (Halkidiki), Halkidiki
Pomegranate Wellness Spa Hotel
Nea Potidea, Halkidiki
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 20m
When to go
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If you’re looking to get away from it all, holidays in Halkidiki are perfect, with plenty of fantastic accommodation offers. There are three distinct peninsulas within the region –Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos, each adding something unique to your getaway. As the largest and often busiest, Kassandra is an ideal spot for combining a beach break and city exploration, while Sithonia offers a dose of much needed rest and relaxation. A host of family-friendly attractions as well as spectacular surroundings mean that Kassandra is a great place for holidays with the little ones in tow, while nothing quite compares to the romance of nearby Athos. Of course, it’s not all sun loungers and swimming on your Greek getaway and you’ll find some great things to do away from the coast. Immerse yourself in Greek culture with a visit to Nea Moundania, a wonderfully-quaint town that serves as a home to an ancient church and a parade of whitewashed villas. Wander through the streets taking in the awe-inspiring scenery before stopping off at a nearby taverna to indulge in traditional cuisine. For those craving city living, visit nearby Thessaloniki. Renowned as the cultural capital of northern Greece, it boasts an array of Ottoman architecture, particularly found in the old town. If the little ones don’t appreciate these ancient sites, they may well enjoy a trip to the nearby water park which boasts thrill-inducing slides and rides to keep them captivated for an afternoon on Halkidiki holidays. Thessaloniki has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and philosophers, making it one of the top attractions for culture lovers. As well as the Thessaloniki Film Festival, it is also home to some spectacular historical attractions – from the glorious Byzantine churches that occupy the area to the impressive Roman Forum excavations, all Halkidiki attractions that will keep culture vultures happy. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and galleries and The Archaeological Museum and Museum of Byzantine Culture are must-sees for anyone interested in delving into Halkidiki’s long history. If you’ve got a keen interest in Greek mythology, Mount Athos is well worth a visit – rumoured to be the rock that the Greek god Athos threw into the sea in a battle against Poseidon, it’s worth it just for the awe-inspiring views.
Wine and Dine
Well known for its delicious cuisine, food and drink rates highly in Halkidiki. Enjoy fresh fish and seafood on the beach against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset in Neos Marmaras or indulge in traditional Souvlaki down at the harbour. Of course, a trip to Halkidiki is incomplete without sampling some of their olives, and you’ll find numerous food stalls and shops selling this local speciality which has become a Halkidiki attraction in it’s own right.
A holiday in Halkidiki offers many different options for families and there are a number of different speeds to choose from if you’re visiting with your family. If an active lifestyle and making memories outdoors is your ideal way of spending the holiday, then staying in the resort of Sani would prove a great choice as there many amazing rural hikes bookended by great restaurants either side. The area of Sani is also home to number of amazing hotels which cater specifically, and extensively, to families. The marina in Sani is also a sight to behold and the little ones will be absolutely fascinated to watch the luxurious liners pulling in and out of the docks. Exploration is always a fun activity to experience with the whole family and a visit to Petralona cave will certainly satisfy that urge. With stalactites, stalagmites and columns, this beautiful cave will provide wonder for children and parents alike. Whether you want to experience it for yourself or get a guided tour around it, it will prove to be a trip to remember. With a plethora of beaches to choose from, Kalogria and Kavourotrypes being the most popular, you’ll be more than content to spend most of your family days on the sand as the little ones build sandcastles, paddle in the shallow water and indulge in the beachfront amenities.
Action and Adventure
While Halkidiki is known for its laid-back nature, there are a few things worth seeking out for those with an adventurous streak. With its stunning surroundings, Kassandra is a walker’s paradise. Check out its sugar-white sand beaches and rugged promenades as you don your hiking boots. Away from the coast, you’ll find charming Greek villages lined with whitewashed villas while the nearby pine forest is perfect for a bracing walk. Those that don’t mind getting their feet wet should head to Hanioti to try their hand at windsurfing, water-skiing or parasailing. Those looking for a memorable experience should give scuba-diving a go.
Life's a Beach
With Greece boasting lengthy hot summers and mild winters, many choose to jet off on holidays to Halkidiki during the sizzling summer months. While you’ll certainly find an abundance of sunshine and jam-packed beaches during this time of year, spring and autumn also offer a great time to visit, especially for those looking to explore Halkidiki’s cultural and historical offerings. Of course, Halkidiki’s biggest allure lies in the fantastic beaches on offer; try Ammouliani or Torini for idyllic spots that offer a wealth of water sports. Nea Potidea boasts 6km of sand-swept shoreline and clear swimming waters – ideal for relaxing on your Halkidiki holidays. Of all the things to do in Halkidiki, you’ll find it easiest to sit back and relax on its endless stream of sand-swept beaches. Hanioti Beach boasts spectacularly clear waters, ideal for snorkelling or swimming as well as a parade of beach bars ready to refuel you when you’re looking for a break from the sunshine. Possidi is rumoured to be one of the most attractive beaches in Greece, a long stretch of white sand adorned with a picturesque lighthouse where you can’t help but feel relaxed.
Nightlife in the region of Halkidiki is known mainly for the vibrant and youthful Thessaloniki, but also the diverse area of Kassandra. In Thesssaloniki there are a number of venues which represent the triple-bonus of being a café, bar and restaurant. Having prime locations on the beachfront, many of these places are known primarily for the middle option of being a bar and they are open long into the small hours of the morning. Whether it’s Navagos, Anemos or Almyra, there are a number of amazing beach bars which can cater to your every need; from potent cocktails, great tunes and an abundance of space for you to pull your best moves. Kassandra as a nightlife destination offers great variety. If you are more inclined to a candlelit dinner for two and some lighter entertainment then there are a number of places for you to get your fill. But if you are also after something akin to what has been described in Thessaloniki and want to get your dancing shoes on, then Kassandra can provide there too.
This part of Greece lends itself perfectly to a romantic retreat and there are plenty of things to do in Halkidiki for couples. You won’t find many purpose-built hotels or holiday resorts in Sithonia, making it the ideal place to explore as a twosome. Take an idyllic stroll through tiny fishing villages, discovering secluded coves and sweeping bays before heading to the harbour for a lingering drink and conversation.
A huge area of cultural interest in the region is the leftovers from the Byzantine era. Across the region there are many remnants of this amazing time in Halkidiki’s history and they still prove to be one of the most popular, and of course beautiful, attractions the resort has to offer. A fine example of monastic architecture, the Byzantine Tower of Ouranoupolis is not only a beautiful reminder of that history in its aesthetic but also the site now serves as a museum where you can learn even more about the area’s rich history. If the area’s rich fishing history is of interest to you then there is also a museum dedicated to this specific part of Halkidiki’s history. A place of great importance for locals and all Orthodox people around the country, Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain is a destination which anybody passionate about history has to tick off their list. A place where many monks made their pilgrimages in the 10th century, there are many routes up and down the mountain which are unmistakably Greek and will serve to give you memories you will treasure forever. Another simple facet of Halkidiki’s culture is its architecture. The region offers a wide range of interesting buildings, from simple one-room dwellings to fine mansions, displaying an architectural style which blends Macedonian, Greek and even Turkish. The distinctive mix of buildings all have narrow, broad facades which is the area’s main characteristic.