Halkidiki, also known as Chalkidiki, comprises the three delightful peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia and the UNESCO World Heritage monastic site of Mount Athos, and boasts 550km of scenic coastline with more than forty Blue Flag glorious sandy beaches, plus numerous archaeological and historical sites such as Stagira, birthplace of Aristotle. With fantastic ancient sites and stunning setting Halkidiki holidays make for the perfect island retreat. Located in the Macedonia region of northern Greece, Halkidiki is a three pronged peninsula jutting into the Aegean with endless sandy beaches and azure waters, abundant verdant hills and pine forests, picturesque villages and family friendly resorts, and fine archaeological, historical and religious sites. Each peninsula has its own characteristics and charm and most holiday resorts are sited in Kassandra in the west which boasts gorgeous beaches and vibrant nightlife. The central peninsula, Sithonia, offers peaceful beaches and is ideal for nature lovers whilst spiritual Mount Athos in the east is a closed monastic community. Halkidiki visitors fly into Thessaloniki airport either directly from the UK, or via Athens. With its abundance of exquisite beaches and captivating sites, holidays to Halkidiki are the perfect choice for all holiday-makers.
Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and is a great place for those looking for things to do in Halkadiki. With excellent shopping and a rich cultural and historical heritage featuring many Roman and Byzantine monuments and a number of splendid churches including the large Byzantine church of St Dimitrios.
Located 30km from Sani, near Nea Moudania, the famous cave of Petralona was first discovered in 1959. A 2km long corridor boasts impressive and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, and numerous remains, thought to be the oldest in Europe, date back 700,000 years.
Located 15km from Sani, the village of Athitos is one of the most picturesque in Halkidiki and with its old stone houses, cobblestone alleyways and traditional tavernas it overlooks the Sithonia peninsula boasting fabulous views of the Toroneos Gulf.
West of Thessaloniki, rising above the city of Kalampaka, is a series of incredible sandstone rock towers where, dating back to the 11th century, 24 monasteries were constructed on the peaks of the columns to enable monks to live as hermits. Today six of the monasteries have survived and the awe-inspiring Meteora is now an UNESCO World Heritage site. Meteora is a fantastic sight to see and one of our recommended things to do in Halkadiki.
A spiritual centre since 1054 the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos is an independent monastic state, where women and children are not allowed to enter and men must seek permission well in advance. In order to experience great views of these unique monasteries, join a boat cruise departing from Ouranoupolis and sail around the perimeter of the area.
The ancient city of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, was the capital of Macedonia in the 5th century BC. The site is now a wonderful archaeological museum featuring ancient pottery and jewellery, and boasting exceptional mosaics.
Vourvourou is located on the Sithonia Peninsula and is an idyllic and unspoilt location. For beach-lovers looking for things to do in Halkidiki, Vourvourou is perfect with its sun-kissed beaches and fantastic seafood restaurants.