Holidays in Sani
If you’re looking for a holiday to Greece away from the hustle and bustle of the busiest resorts, Sani in Halkidiki is an ideal destination. Set on the Kassandra Peninsula, this stylish and secluded seaside town offers the best of both worlds – natural, unspoilt scenery, and luxurious, high-class amenities. Escape to Halkidiki’s hidden gem – the stylish marina is home to a wealth of bars and restaurants, as well as plenty of local yachts. Sani boasts its own Blue Flag beach, so couples and families alike will be treated to plenty of sun, sea and sand. Keep the kids entertained with a trip to the markets of Nea Moudania, or a fun day out at Waterland in Halkidiki. And with resorts like Kalithea and Thessaloniki within easy reach, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Kassandra.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
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White-sand beaches, luxurious bars, and a scenic natural landscape – picturesque Sani might just be Halkidiki’s best kept secret. Combining stylish bars with natural scenery, this Greek resort has plenty to please. The marina is at the heart of this resort – sip a mojito from one of the beachfront bars and soak up the views of the yachts. The Blue Flag beach is one the top attractions in Sani – whether you’re staying as a couple or with the kids, you can look forward to plenty of sun, sea and sand at Sani Beach. Kassandra is perhaps the most popular of Halkidiki’s ‘fingers’, but why not hop on a boat trip to one of the neighbouring peninsulas of Sithonia or Athos? Whether you’re on a boat tour around famous Mount Athos, sightseeing in Thessaloniki, or getting a taste of the nightlife in Kalithea, you’ll have plenty of things to do on Sani holidays.
Wine and Dine
Treat your tastebuds to some delicious dishes throughout your holiday in Sani – Halkidiki offers a tasty mix of traditional Greek cuisine and modern fusion. Thanks to the coastal location of Kassandra, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of seafood. Take your pick from the fresh fish dishes at the marina – squid kalamari is a local favourite, as well as sardines. If seafood isn’t for you, then why not head to a laid-back taverna and enjoy a typical Greek dish like moussaka or gyros? Lamb kleftiko is another popular Greek meal, complemented by a fresh tzatziki sauce. Sweet tooths will love a bit of baklava for dessert, before washing it all down with a Rapsani red wine, or a glass of ouzo. As well as Rapsani, Halkidiki is home to a whole host of other mouthwatering wines – you’ll even find several wine tasting tours available throughout Kassandra.
Don’t be fooled by the cocktail bars – sophisticated Sani is also a great choice for families. Family-friendly Sani Beach is one of the main attractions – its Blue Flag status, soft sand and shallow waters make it the perfect place for some fun in the sun. As a nature reserve, Sani also has some great eco-activities on offer for the kids, ranging from arts and crafts to games and sports. Despite being an hour away from Sani, Waterland in Halkidiki is well worth the drive for an exciting family day out – kids will love the rides, slides and pools at this popular waterpark. If you’re looking for even more entertainment, head over to Thessaloniki. As the second largest city in Greece, you’ll find plenty of things to do – why not take the kids souvenir shopping in the shops and markets of Nea Moudania? Alternatively, there’s an exciting Dinosaur Park to visit, plus the popular Thessaloniki Zoo.
Action and Adventure
Halkidiki has more than enough to keep thrill-seekers entertained. Sailing trips and boat tours are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike – hop on board and sail around the Aegean, from the neighbouring peninsulas of Sithonia and Athos, to the famous cliffside Monasteries of Mount Athos. From snorkeling to windsurfing, there’s plenty of exciting watersports on offer down at Hanioti Beach. You’ll find plenty of scuba diving excursions in Halkidiki, too, including some over at Sani Beach. Halkidiki’s mountainous landscape is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, so why not take a hike through the forests of Sithonia? The trail between Koutsoupia and Siviri is a popular route, and you’ll be treated to some incredible views of the Aegean Sea, as well as passing by a Roman villa. Plus, the famous cave of Petralona might be 40 minutes away from Sani, but this historical site is well worth the drive.
Life's a Beach
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Sani. One of the biggest and best is the Blue Flag Sani Beach, and with white sand shores and clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why it’s a hit with couples and families alike. PADI-instructed scuba diving is also available down at the beachfront, leading visits down to a ship wreck in the Aegean Sea. Treat yourself to a little luxury down at Bousoulas Beach, a picture-perfect spot with a beachfront bar and waiter service. Picturesque Paliouri Beach and Siviri Beach are simple, sandy spots to take the kids, while the secluded Kryopigi Beach is ideal if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. Plus, popular Kalithea Beach is only around a 20-minute drive away.
Nightlife in Sani is all about stylish cocktail bars and laid-back evenings. The marina is the main hub of activity in resort. With a selection of beachfront bars and restaurants, you can look forward to relaxing with a drink and enjoying some of the low-key music, or staying late at one of the all-night bars in Sani. If you fancy livening up your nightlife, why not visit Kalithea? Bustling Paliouri-Athitou Street is the base for evening entertainment in this resort, along which you’ll find everything from British-style pubs to cocktail bars. After enjoying a drink or two, party-goers will also have a handful of clubs to visit in Kalithea, hosting live DJs, techno music, and more. Plus, Thessaloniki is another great spot for buzzing nightlife, if you don’t mind venturing out for an evening.
Thanks to its unique mix of style and scenery, holidays in Sani will appeal to all kinds of couples looking for a romantic getaway. With so much of Sani’s natural landscape to explore, there’s never been a better excuse to go for a romantic walk through the Greek countryside. Explore nature paths and cliffside trails as you soak up the views of Afitos and Mount Olympus. Sani Beach is perfect for spending a laid-back afternoon in the sun, but if you fancy a break from sunbathing, why not head over to the marina and enjoy a glass of Rapsani wine in a beachfront bar? Enjoy a daytrip for two at scenic Hanioti – it’s only half an hour away by car – and for a taste of traditional Greece, authentic Afitos Village in Halkidiki is unmissable.
Holidays to Greece are full of culture, and Sani is no exception. You’ll find plenty of exciting cultural things to do in Kassandra. For starters, if you’re visiting the resort in summer, you’ll get to be a part of the famous Sani Festival. This vibrant, 20-year old tradition is a celebration of all the best of Sani, past and present, complete with dances, feasts, and live performances. For even more daytime activities, venture out to the city of Thessaloniki. Explore historical sites like the White Tower of Thessaloniki, stop for a coffee in Aristotelous Square, or spend an afternoon in the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Seeing the Monasteries of Mount Athos by boat is also a must. Entry to the mountain community of monks is forbidden to tourists, but there are very few boat tours that don’t pass by this impressive cliffside landmark. If you fancy a break from the history of Halkidiki, then why not enjoy a stylish afternoon over at the Sani Marina?