The coast around Halkidiki is close to 500 kilometres in length. It is home to countless superb beaches, almost all of them blue flag winners. The area also has other hidden gems for you to discover.
Kassándra : According to mythology, Kassándra, the first peninsula of Halkidiki,was the site of the mythical Clash of the Titans. Today, Kassándrais one of Greece’s most modern tourist resorts. You can find some of the largest hotel complexes in the country here, with amenities of the highest quality, such as golf courses, marinas and spas. You can also enjoy gourmet meals prepared by renowned chefs.
If you like things a bit more organised on the beach, Cassandra is the place for you! It’s also home to some of Greece’s best known beach bars. Keep a note of these places: Floyitá,Áthytos,Kallithéa,Hanióti,
Kryopiyi,Polýhrono,Pefkohóri,Palioúri,Posídi,Síviri,Sáni,Potidea!All of them have beaches to die for with the trendiest beach bars. If you need a bit of peace and quiet after a dancing session, hop in a car and discover some of the area’s untouched beaches. Those who are into hectic nightlife scenes might like to know that the Kallithéa area is home to some of the best bars , while just about anywhere in Halkidiki you’ll find some nice quiet little bar which is just perfect to kick off your evening in.
Sithonia : The second leg of Halkidiki, Sithonía, is home to the ancient city of Olynthus with its unique mosaics. It also has beaches that will take your breath away! The vegetation on Sithoníais dense. The forests – pine chiefly – reach down to the beaches –a real treat for the senses.
There is a good balance of facilities for tourists in Sithonía. There are plenty of campsites but, in addition, visitors will also find superb major hotel complexes. Most beaches offer facilities such as umbrellas but there are plenty of others hidden away which have escaped any residential development. Wander from beach to beach, beating your own well-worn path. You’ll find creek after creek with turquoise water, white sand and stunning underwater landscapes. AktiKaloyriás, Spathiés, Eliá, Lagomándra, Marmarás, Toróni, Tristiníka, Porto Koufó, Kalamítsi, Platanítsi, Kavourótrypes, Armenistís, Aktí Zográfou, Órmos Panayiás, Vourvouroú and Pyrgadíkiaare just some of the unique beaches you will find in Sithonia.
Ouranopoli :Third leg is Ouranopoli but entrance is forbidden for women and tourists since it’s closed monastery district which has their own rules independent from country and they only accept the men who want to make a retreat. But it’s possible to take boat tour around this peninsula and watching the monasteries and beauty of nature from a certain distance.
The refreshing red and white wines ,Tsipouro - the intoxicating (in all senses of the word!) local spirit Delicious locally produced cheese and honey are the specialties of the area. You may find many fish and meat taverns along the beaches and you can enjoy your meal sitting right on the sand and next to the water.
From Thessaloniki ,it takes only 1.5 hour by car or bus. The best way to access is to have private transfer from International airport of Thessaloniki or to rent a car.