In a feast of natural beauty, characterized by rocky, verdant pine-trees, snoozy villages, sublime sunrises and sunsets and endless expanses of white sand beaches, Halkidiki is the three-pronged region in Greece’s north, the trio of peninsulas, namely Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos, where the last forms a monastic state of Holy Mountain, the 2.000 monks republic where only male pilgrims are allowed to travel. Striking out from Thessaloniki, Greece's second city, Halkidiki is separated from the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Kassandra. “There is nothing like Halkidiki,” argue the northern Greeks pointing out a miraculous land with unbeatable grace, natural beauty and a cool vibe worth checking out. Kassandra of Sithonia? that is the question: Kassandra is mainly adored for its buzzling atmosphere and guaranteed fun, while the alternative Sithonia bets on the charm of isolation with the right amount of cosmopolitan vibes. Regardless of your choice, both peninsulas compose the extraordinary Greek Exotic with incredibly varied selection of secluded bays and coves, every beach lover dream.
Chalkidiki The travel insider
The rare natural beauty and the magical coastline marvelously hug the crystal clear beaches of Kassandra and Sithonia peninsulas
Even though Chalkidiki is not an island, its three green "fingers" reach out into the blue Aegean to embrace the most beautiful turquoise corners and the most hospitable villages. The rare natural beauty and the magical coastline marvelously hug the crystal clear beaches of Kassandra and Sithonia peninsulas, most of them sandy with safe and shallow waters worth exploring also with your children. If Kassandra bets on fun and cosmopolitan concept, Sithonia boast the alternative local tradition to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Few things in the world are as picturesque as Halkidiki's safe natural's cove of Sani
Both peninsulas are especially rich in beaches, laid back attitude and quality Greek cuisine to enjoy carefree summertime. Few things in the world are as picturesque as Halkidiki's safe natural's cove of Sani, the white rocks stepped in emerald waters of Kavourotripes, the sheltered white sand of Karydi, the rewarded golden sand of Armenistis beach. Sani and Potidaia occupy prime locations that gather global luxury destination devotees, while Posidi is ideal for water sports. One of the largest natural harbors in Europe, Porto Koufo offer truly amazing sunsets.
Kassandra: On the peninsula where according to myth the Battle of the Titans occurred, nowadays a different battle takes place every summer for conquering the ideal place on its cosmopolitan golden sandy beaches. Kallithea is a great base if you want nightlife and Kryopigi to taste amazing local dishes, while Sani Marina is one of the best kept secrets of the Aegean, a first-class harbour, promising exclusive facilities and services. Arnaia and Afitos are two villages gems to admire cobblestones, traditional Macedonian architecture. Posidi Beach is 2km long with wide coast and crystalline sea. On the less-busy south coast there’s an aquatic experience within the thermal spa near Loutra. The Sani Festival, the Cassandra Festival, the Sea Festival are some of the most famous summer events in Chalkidiki.
Sithonia: The second peninsula has its own attitude and low-key vibe, plus something alternative to offer. Mountains curved by wind and the sea, verdant pine forests and vineyards, quiet coves with turquoise waters and with even more resplendent sandy beaches are revealing themselves one after the other. Kavourotripes Beach (Kavourotrypes) or Portokali (Orange Beach) with transparent pristine waters are small hidden paradise, while Armenistis and Alykes .... Athos: The breath-taking landscapes in the third peninsula, and some of the 20 Orthodox monasteries of the Holy Mountain built in the Byzantine area, can be seen on a boat trip.