Halkidiki

Halkidiki holidays

Oozing culture, swoon-worthy seafronts and a welcome as warm as the weather, this slice of tucked-away mainland Greece shows off something for everyone. 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 too. 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.

Popular Halkidiki Holiday Resorts

Sani Beach
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Sani Beach

Sani, Halkidiki

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  • Perfect for families
  • Beachfront
  • Lagoon-style pool
  • Interconnecting Family rooms available
  • Excellent children's club and teens' club
Ikos Olivia
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Ikos Olivia

Gerakina, Halkidiki

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Based on 4432 reviews

  • Perfect for families
  • Idyllic beachfront location
  • Bungalow suite with private pool available
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Children's clubs for all ages
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro (€)

Time difference

+2hrs

Local beer

£3.50

Meal for two

£34.50

Average flight time

4hrs

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 Holidays

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.

Kriopigi

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

Sani

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

Potidea Holidays

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 at the top of the Sithonia peninsula, Gerakina's as pretty as a picture.

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.

Psakoudia

The beach resort of Psakoudia belongs to the enchanting town of Ormylia, so you get two for the price of one when you choose this place as your base!

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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Kalithea Beach

Kalithea Beach

Halkidiki

As the main beach in the most popular village in Halkidiki, Kallithea is both beautiful and well organised. It’s backed by lush greenery and has pale sands and the most inviting clear waters. Plus,...
Elephant's Beach

Elephant's Beach

Pefkohori, Halkidiki

It’s unlikely you’ll find a beach bar as quirky or vibrant as Elephant Beach Bar in Pefkohori. Sunbeds line the edge of the clear water, scattered with colourful cushions, while guests sip cocktails...

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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Day trip to Mount Olympus

Day trip to Mount Olympus

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...
Byzantine Tower of Ouranoupolis

Byzantine Tower of Ouranoupolis

Halkidiki

The sleepy village of Ouranoupolis sits at the threshold of the monastic community of Mount Athos. It’s sprawled around a fourteenth-century Byzantine tower that is now a museum exhibiting Christian antiques...

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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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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Paliouri Athitou Street

Paliouri Athitou Street

Halkidiki

The main street of Kalithea is a nightlife hub, with pubs and bars that stay open until the early hours. For a stylish alternative, plot up on a seafront hotel bar terrace. And if you came to rave all night to...
Laid-back bars

Laid-back bars

Afitos, Halkidiki

The nightlife in Afitos is laid-back. You could find yourself chatting to the friendly taverna owner over a few after-dinner drinks. Or maybe you’ll be sipping cocktails in one of the relaxed bars. For a...
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