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.

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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 Flag suntrap - Halkidiki's number one in Greece for them! 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Beaches

For a classic day on the beach, head to the sweeping Golden Bay – close to Mellieha, it’s gifted with soft, dusty sand and shallow water that’s suited to paddling. Mellieha Bay has a great stretch, too. So if you’re after a bit of choice, Malta’s got it in spades.

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Elephant's Beach

Sights

Malta’s bursting with historical sights, from mysterious temples to the palazzos of the walled city of Mdina. In Valletta, there’s plenty of architecture left over from the days of the crusaders, and perfectly-preserved war rooms from the Second World War. It’s a fantastic site for historic ruins and blemishes of bygone times.

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Activities

Families flock to wild waterparks, with one major draw sitting between Sliema and St Paul’s Bay. And watersports are big, especially in Qawra and Bugibba, where a sheltered bay keeps the waves really calm for water-skiing and banana boats. Exploring the little towns and waterside paths is essential.

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Eating and drinking

Traditional meals here are all about freshly-netted seafood. Most Maltese places do their own version of a tasty fish pie, keeping homely touches on tap. And if you’re in search of bags of flavour, garlic-packed stews are big around here. It’s all finished off with the local tipple – prickly-pear liqueur.

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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

If you want shopping malls filled with familiar names, stretch your legs around Sliema and you’ll quickly tick boxes. Meanwhile in Valletta, the island’s capital, you’ll discover that the city does a great line in fashion boutiques and quirky craft shops. So get ready for a spree!

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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

Sure, things seem cool, calm and collected here across Malta and Gozo, but glammed-up St Julian’s is Malta’s big party town, full of chic nightclubs to brag about. Bugibba’s a great after-dark spot, too, with a raft of fun bars and Brit pubs to chill out in.

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