Halkidiki, is a peninsula and regional unit of Greece, part of the Region of Central Macedonia in Northern Greece. The autonomous Mount Athos region constitutes the easternmost part of the peninsula, but not of the regional unit. The capital of Chalkidiki is the main town of Polygyros, located in the centre of the peninsula.
Halkidiki today is a popular summer tourist destination. Turquoise water, dense pine forests, dreamy hotels, small coves with fish tavernas and cafes, beach bars, archaeological sites, traditional villages in Sithonia, the Petralona Cave in Kassandra. A microcosm of miracles.
To the west, Kassandra is the most popular with overseas visitors. Its combination of splendid beaches, traditional villages, ample activities and modestly sized resorts is hard to resist. On a clear day you can see the myth-laden, 9,600ft Mount Olympus across the vast Gulf of Salonica.
Separated from the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Kassandra is virtually an island. A short way down is Sani, where the long, unspoilt main beach boasts shallow waters and white sands backed by dunes and shady trees – it is ideal for families.
Halkidiki’s second peninsula, Sithonia, with its backbone of mountains and pine forests, has long been a magnet for Greek holidaymakers so has a more authentic feel.
Along the coast, sweeping beaches are interspersed by secret coves, and the east side has commanding vistas of Mount Athos, the third peninsula. Try getting up early to watch the sun rise behind its mountains – it is magical.