Halkidiki

Halkidiki holidays

Oozing culture and history, and offering a seafront to make you swoon, this slice of tucked-away Greece is great for all ages. Aside from brilliant beaches, this coastal pick is a trio of peninsulas all about traditional culture, laid-back tavernas and bars, and generally just relaxing in the warm climate.

Ikos Oceania
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Ikos Oceania

Nea Moudania, Halkidiki

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  • Excellent All Inclusive Plus option
  • Stunning sea views
  • Infinity pool
  • Luxurious Spa
  • Gourmet Cuisine
Blue Bay Hotel Halkidiki
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Blue Bay Hotel Halkidiki

Afitos, Halkidiki

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  • Close to the beach
  • Panoramic sea views
  • Great facilities
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

around €2.50 a pint

3 course meal

around €20

Flight times

4.5hrs

Biscuity beaches 

Get digging around in the beige sands of Halkidiki’s beaches. With 550km of tempting shoreline, you’re guaranteed a secluded spot in the shade or a marvellous Blue-Flagged suntrap. Shallow waters make this portion of the Greek coastline super for the little ones.

Historic haven

The remarkable resort ticks all the boxes for adventurous culture-seekers. The wowing site of ancient Olynthos, along with Aristotle’s birthplace in Stagira, are among the amazing archaeological sites right at your fingertips. Thessaloniki has a long list of museums to discover, too.

Leisurely lifestyle

From meandering around the cultural hotspots to heading to chilled-out bars and eateries and dining like a local, Halkidiki is refreshingly calm. It’s great if you’re seeking solace, sandcastles and splendid weather away from the buzz of your typically busier Greek destinations.

Pefkohori

A charming location harnessing all things typically Greek, Pefkohori tends to work at a slower pace.

Afitos

With a traditional church – domed roof and all – and entwined with a maze of cobbled streets, Afitos is a picturesque village with hours of exploration beckoning.

Sani

Modern luxury, ivory sands and the faint sounds of jazz meet in sublime Sani.

Hanioti

A cream coastline dissolves into a modern village fit for postcards. Here in the pretty village of Hanioti, you’ll discover a really rustic aesthetic.

Nea Moudania

The second largest town in Halkidiki, and home to everything from traditional, ogle-worthy top sights to a large shopping area of stores and stall-dotted markets, Nea Moudania has something to suit all sorts of culture-hunters.

Potidea

Potidea is a compact yet modern choice for shoppers and sightseers alike. With all the ingredients of a calm Greek resort, you’ll find a seafront jewelled with blue and green tones, which amps up the pull of Potidea.

Gerakina

Sitting pretty near to central Sithonia, there’s a lot to see in Gerakina.

Kriopigi

If an attractive coastal village encased with olive groves and crystal clear waters sounds great, you’ve got yourself a winner in Kriopigi.

Kalithea

Step into animated Kalithea, a cool resort with all the after-dark trappings of a Greek island favourite.

Polichrono

Adorned with cobalt waves, crisp white sands and nuggets of rich greenery, you’ll feel right at home in this charismatic town.

Paliouri

Quiet and understated, you’ll be totally relaxed in this inviting village. In the foot of the pine trees and mountains on the Kassandra peninsula, Paliouri oozes traditional charm.

Ouranoupolis

The old-fashioned nature of this sleepy village means you’ll get relaxing, calm and authentic all tumbled into one.

Beaches

Set aside some time to absorb the Vitamin D in the warm rays of Halkidiki – officially Greece's top spot for Blue Flag beaches! Have a paddle in the clear waters of the region’s most gloriously scenic beaches, and go in search of a peaceful sunbathing spot. You’re guaranteed far-reaching views from the rocky coastal terrain.

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Elephant's Beach

Sights

The charming villages sprinkled about make for quaint places to start your trip, but larger resorts evolve into cosmopolitan towns perfect for exploration. There are many archaeological sites to tick off, so keen historians will be in their element! Mountainous regions are well worth taking a peek at, too.

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Activities

Splash about and while away many an afternoon in the shimmering sea. Halkidiki’s shores are home to a range of water-sports options to keep you entertained, so why not try something new? Wandering up through the hills and getting in touch with nature is also a must.

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Eating and drinking

Sink your teeth into traditional Greek food, from marvellous meze platters and oily olives to delicious sticky, glazed pastries. There are plenty of beachfront restaurants and snack bars specialising in all of your Greek island favourites, but there are many others with menus boasting incredible international cuisine.

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Pefkohori restaurants

Pefkohori restaurants

Pefkohori, Halkidiki

In the bustling town of Pefkohori you’ll find a huge variety of restaurants to satisfy every palate. For a taste of tradition you can visit an authentic taverna, or find fresh local fish on the seafront....
Dining in Sani

Dining in Sani

Sani, Halkidiki

The Sani Resort owns 17 restaurants in the area, which you can visit for elegant ambience and fine food using fresh, local ingredients. Try the Water Restaurant for a gourmet experience, or Katsu, where the...

Shopping

Small convenience stores are dotted about, along with dozens of dainty boutiques to peruse. You’ll find gold, clothes, and even supermarkets, so you’ll be well and truly catered for here. The little villages will sort you out with souvenirs to take home for all the family, too.

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Shopping around Afitos

Shopping around Afitos

Afitos, Halkidiki

There are plenty of shops in and around Afitos where you can buy souvenirs for the people back home. Traditional colourful ceramics, olive wood carvings, handwoven textiles and local honey are all popular...
Boutiques by the beach

Boutiques by the beach

Sani, Halkidiki

If you're ready to splash some cash, the piazza at Sani Marina offers a stylish selection of designer boutiques and jewellery stores. Apoella is the place for an eclectic range of designer beachwear, while an...

Nightlife

The slow-paced evening vibe in Halkidiki is mirrored throughout most of its smaller resorts. You’ll find cool beach clubs and plenty of small bars and venues hosting live music. The bigger areas offer impressive bass-fuelled clubs, often with resident DJs, edgy dancefloors and an extensive cocktail list.

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