Halkidiki

Halkidiki holidays

Showing off culture, swoon-worthy seafronts and a welcome as warm as the weather, this slice of tucked-away mainland Greece is great for all ages. It's a trio of peninsulas where luxury hotels sit alongside rural retreats and the whole place has an undiscovered feel to it. Kassandra's swish resorts are the star of the show, but make sure you sink into Sithonia’s knockout beaches and see the monasteries on Mount Athos. Rolling hills of herbs, honey and juicy olives mean there’s flavour-filled cuisine to look forward to, while ancient relics mean there’s a heap of history to dig into too.
Sonia Resort
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  • Bristol, Thu 23 Sep 2021
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
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Sonia Resort

Gerakina, Halkidiki

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Based on 516 reviews

  • Beachfront
  • Peaceful location
  • Modern accomodation
  • Helpful and friendly staff
  • All Inclusive
Hotel Nereides
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  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
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Hotel Nereides

Hanioti, Halkidiki

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Based on 119 reviews

  • Modern and spacious guestrooms
  • Great outdoor pool area
  • Close to the resort centre
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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

3.5hrs

Greece’s best beaches

Sun-seekers, you’ve lucked out in the golden sands stakes here, because most of the country’s Blue Flag beaches call Halkidiki home! And with 550km of tempting shoreline, you’re guaranteed a secluded spot in the shade or a marvellous suntrap. Shallow waters make this portion of the Greek coastline super for the little ones too. 

Historic haven

Halkidiki ticks all the boxes for adventurous culture-seekers. The amazing site of ancient Olynthos, along with Aristotle’s birthplace in Stagira, are among the amazing archaeological sites right at your fingertips. The nearby city of Thessaloniki has a long list of museums to discover too – not to mention boutique shopping and a diverse dining scene. 

Leisurely lifestyle

From soaking up the culture in traditional towns like Afitos to heading to chilled-out bars and eateries to dine like a local, you’ll find Halkidiki is refreshingly laid-back. It’s great if you’re seeking solace and splendid weather away from the buzz of your typically busier Greek destinations. And thanks to tasty homegrown produce, the food is second to none.
 

Pefkohori

A bustling seaside resort with plenty of Greek charm, Pefkohori is a popular pick on the east coast of Kassandra.

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 Holidays

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 Holidays

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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Leptokarya Beach

Leptokarya Beach

Leptokarya, Halkidiki

This pebbly beach is popular with locals, so why not check it out on your holiday? Lots of sun loungers with umbrellas line the shore, so you can set up camp for the day. Lay back and get stuck into a book or...
Skotina Beach

Skotina Beach

Leptokarya, Halkidiki

Carpeted in soft golden sand and awarded a Blue Flag, Skotina Beach is a lovely place to spend the day. The water here is crystal-clear, making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Fancy a cocktail? A...

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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Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus

Leptokarya, Halkidiki

Shrouded in clouds, Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and one of its most famous sights. This epic peak has appeared in plenty of Greek myths and is said to be the home of the 12 Greek gods. Lots...
Platamon Castle

Platamon Castle

Leptokarya, Halkidiki

This incredible stronghold set right by the coast dates all the way back to the 13th-century. Stroll up the path to Platamon Castle to wander its impressive walls and peep into its towers and churches. Pause at...

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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