Halkidiki is a peninsula formed by the extension of Macedonia into the Aegean Sea.
The deeply indented coastline of 500km's forms four large gulfs. To the west lies the Thermaic Gulf and to the east is the Strymonic Gulf (or Gulf of Orfanou), while further to the south the shores of Halkidiki are washed by the Kassandra (or Toroneos) Gulf and the Mount Athos (or Sigitikos) gulf, and nowhere inland being more than 40kms from the sea, Halkidiki is rather like a huge island.
As a whole, the coastline of Halkidiki is of outstanding natural beauty. The combination of wooded landscape and the sea with with pine trees running down to the water's edge and refelcted in the calm sea. The peninsula of Halkidiki stretches around, and largely to the south of, the densely wooded mountain area of Holomontas (1165 meters).
Apart from these natural beauties, Halkidiki has been a place of cultural development ever since prehistoric times. Its vast wealth of archaeological treasures has caused it to be called "the Attica of Northern Greece".
This picture of the place is rounded off with its population: the inhabitants are
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Halkidiki can be easily accessed by car and bus, with regular bus schedules. It is also very close to Thessaloniki (60 km) and Macedonia Airport (Thessaloniki). The road network is among the best in Northern Greece. However, its close distance to Thessaloniki results in traffic congestion during high season periods.
The climate in Halkidiki is generally mild with limited rainfall whilst sunshine and warm summers are well known. It enjoys over 300 days of sunshine on average annually. In the northern part of the area the number slightly decreases. Average temperatures display limited fluctuations during the year. Naturally, fluctuations are more vigorous from south to north. The lowest temperatures occur during December to February ranging between 3.5°C to 19°C, while highest temperatures occur during summer months and range between 23°C and 38°C (although temperatures over 40°C are not uncommon). Temperatures below 0°C are limited in the mountainous areas.
Halkidiki is obviously an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday. Sunny golden beaches, deep and picturesque gulfs, traditional villages and modern tourist resorts, small islands and sheltered bays, rich history, competitive cultural heritage, and warm people, Mediterranean climate and magnificent natural beauty, this is today's Halkidiki.