A beguiling region of northeastern Greece with three distinctive and beautiful peninsulas, Halkidiki offers everything you could want from your Greek holiday.
Spread out into the azure Aegean Sea, Halkidiki has a craggy coastline with well developed resorts perfect for family holidays, hidden coves for something more sedate and towering mountains with monastic communities and incredible views. The region has hot, dry summers and relatively warm winters, making it a great year-round destination for getting out into nature.
History in Halkidiki
Greek myth comes alive in Halkidiki, with two of its three peninsulas supposedly created by ancient giants, and another taking its name – Sithonia – from the son of Poseidon. Today, you can visit the fascinating ruins at Stagira, a city formed more than 2,500 years ago that was the birthplace of great philosopher, Aristotle.
Why book Halkidiki holidays
Discover the best beaches
We love the large sandy beaches of Kassandra
Sample the local food
Savour the authentic Greek cuisine
Must-visit historical sites
Olynthos Ancient Site, Ancient Stagira,Prosforio Tower, Church of Saint Demetrius
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Visit the interactive Aristotle Park
Lush natural wonders
The Cave of Petralona is rich in stalactites and stalagmites
Popular with couples
Explore the lush natural beauty or head into Thessanoliki for the fab bar scene
Top resorts in Halkidiki
White-washed houses, the scent of citrus trees and a postcard-perfect beach are what’s in store on Pefkohori breaks. Tucked away on …From £138 per person
From beautiful beaches and fascinating ruins to miles of pristine countryside, Sani holidays have something for everyone. Set your sights on …From £224 per person
Framed by vibrant pine trees and olive groves, holidays to Gerakini encapsulate the heart and beauty of the Halkidiki peninsula …From £190 per person
Idyllically situated on the Greek peninsula Kassandra of Halkidiki, holidays to Kriopigi in 2021 offer endless opportunities to soak up …From £121 per person
A true Greek town, holidays to Nea Moudania are known for their insightful allure into an intriguing town, one that, …From £205 per person
On the first of the three-pronged tridents of Halkidiki, Afitos rests in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings in what …From £140 per person
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Things to do in Halkidiki
There’s so much to do in Halkidiki beyond its gorgeous beaches, with 3,000 years of history to explore and a smattering of pretty villages to visit.
- Arnaia is one of the prettiest villages in Halkidiki, with important historical sites and traditional Mecedonian architecture. See the 19th-century school and the Mansion of Arnaia, which hosts a fascinating folklore museum inside.
- A largest, oldest village on the Sithonia Peninsula, Sykia is a gorgeous little village with historic highlights. The temple of Agios Athanasios is a must-visit before sampling some meze and fresh fish in the many tavernas.
- History buffs will love the Archaeological Museum of Polygyros, where archaeological finds from across the region are on display in engaging exhibits.
- Sitting on a 75-metre-high rock on the more developed Kassandra Peninsula is the village of Athitos, where cobbled alleyways and pretty churches offer a traditional feel. Visit the Folklore Museum to learn about the region and enjoy mesmerising views out to the Toroneos Gulf.
- Take a cruise around Mount Athos, where around 2,000 monks live in a collection of monasteries and hermitages atop a rock.
Nature in Halkidiki
Blue seas and deep green pine forests characterise the mountainous landscape of Halkidiki, and so exploring the natural wonders of this region is a must.
- At 1,165 metres, Mount Cholomontas is a great hiking destination. Hit the trails through pine forests, smell the wildflowers and herbs, and stop for a picnic at scenic viewpoints.
- A wealth of fossils and intriguing red rock formations make fascinating viewing inside the Petralona Cave. Visit the Anthropological Museum next door to learn about the archaeological findings discovered here.
- With the Aegean on its shores, there’s plenty of opportunity to get active on the water in Halkidiki. Try sea kayaking, snorkelling, diving or stand up paddleboarding.
- Birders should beeline for the Sani Wetlands, where a 2.5km trail traverses grassy marshes and ponds. You might spot purple herons, black-winged stilts and even turtles, plus 200 other bird species.
- Mount Stratoniko is a brilliant place for wildlife watching, as roebuck deer, wild boar and hares inhabit the forests here amid ancient oak and beech trees.
What our local experts say
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Mmmmmm. Greek cuisine, part of the famous Mediterranean diet, is among the freshest and most delicious in the world. Expect seafood plucked straight from the sea, locally reared free-range meat from the inland hills, an endless variety of flavour-packed fruit and vegetables, and a huge choice of cheeses and cured ...Continue reading
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Your Halkidiki questions answered
Halkidiki has a mild winter climate and sizzling temperatures in summer. The best time to visit is spring or autumn, when the weather and seas are pleasantly warm.
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Prices last checked at 23:15 24 January 2021