Welcome to Halkidiki
Halkidiki is a region of Greece located to the southeast of central Macedonia. Many people think of Halkidiki as a summer beach getaway, but each of the three peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos) and the lesser travelled to, and equally as stunning central region have much more to offer for those who look. So, why visit Halkidiki and what makes it so different to anywhere else in Greece? Halkidiki is often overlooked by first time visitors to Greece who tend to choose the islands. I myself fell into that trap, choosing Zakynthos for my first Greek experience some 20 odd years ago, and like so many, instantly fell in love with Greece. Over the years, I visited other islands and yes, they're all beautiful and unique in their own ways. Then I came to Halkidiki and it was like discovering Greece all over again. If one word could sum up Halkidiki, it would have to be 'diverse'. With a land area of just 2,918 km² (roughly the same as Lancashire in the UK) but with a coastline estimated to be more than 500 km long and a mountainous interior reaching 1165 metres at its highest peak (just 179 meters short of Ben Nevis), Halkidiki comprises of every type of landscape, from rugged mountains and pristine forests to unspoilt beaches with the clearest waters in the whole of Greece. An island atmosphere but with the convenience of mainland transport and infrastucture. All this in one small, neat package. Something for everyone, secluded beaches to family resorts, traditional villages to the cosmopolitan city of Thessaloniki. Where ever you choose, you will not be dissapointed.
What the visitors say...
Perfect for family holidays. Tranquil, crystal clear water, wonderful beaches, magnificent bays and surreal surroundings.–Kassandra, Halkidiki
Outstanding natural beauty. Beautiful unspoilt natural peninsula dotted with numerous magnificent beaches and providing amazing sunsets.–Sithonia, Halkidiki
Beaches, mountains and forests. Amazing landscapes with inspiring views, from wild rugged mountains and pristine forests, to beautiful and alluring beaches. Truly, nature at its best.–Central Halkidiki