Halkidiki is a three-pronged peninsula with Kassandra and Sithonia being the two most built up, while Athos remains a secluded and secretive retreat for monks and male pilgrims. It may have been 'discovered' by now, but that doesn't make the surprise any less pleasant if visiting in the spring or early autumn when the crowds have dispersed and you have the beach practically to yourself.
Ideal for families, this is also a great spot for couples wanting to get away from it all, and is a wildflower heaven in the spring. Come the summer the tavernas are packed, the bars are full, and the beaches a tad busier, but it's no less of a haven from the hectic rhythm of everyday life. Halkidiki is also becoming popular with outdoor adventure enthusiasts, so even if you're not one for lying around on beautiful beaches, there's plenty to keep you busy out on the water.
It is claimed that Halkidiki offers the best beaches in Greece and combined with crystal clear waters it is no surprise that the sea offers plenty of activities: from diving to sailing and plenty of waterspouts there is something for everyone. Going inland, mountains covered in forests are a hiker’s or mountain biker’s dream – the beautifully fresh air and refreshing springs will energize even the most relaxed holidaymaker! And then of course it’s time to return to those famous beaches!
Halkidiki Food & Drink
In a region known for its food and drink you will not be disappointed. The wine and herbs combined with the rich produce of this sunny region create some simple, yet delicious dishes such as savoury pies, meat specialities and fresh salads. Excellent cheeses are found across the region, many made with goat’s milk, olive oil and olives are in abundance and for a sweeter tooth don’t miss the desserts soaked in local honey. The local brandy tipple tsipouro is strong but tasty!
Probably the most famous sight is Mount Athos, a complex of 20 monasteries founded in 9th century and now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As it can only be visited by men who have pre-arranged an excursion you might prefer to take a boat trip and view these incredible building clinging to the cliff’s edge from the sea – it really is quite a sight. There are plenty of ancient sights across the region including Aristotle’s birthplace and the site of the mythical Clash of the Titans.
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