The Ultimate Chalkidiki Region Travel Guide

The crown stone of Northern Greece that bedazzles travellers

Chalkidiki

Chalkidiki

The Destination

The peninsula of Chalkidiki is found on the northern part of Greece and very close to Thessaloniki. A blessed land with century-deep history and striking natural beauty, Chalkidiki has been inhabited since 4000BC and is the protagonist of many popular parts of the Greek mythology. It is there where the supposed “Titanomahia” (battle of the titans) took place and where the giant Enceladus was supposedly buried (Kassandra).

The three outlets of the peninsula that plunge into the Northern Aegean Sea each carry its own distinctive heritage and spectacular natural beauty. The most exquisite part of Chalkidiki is the third outlet, the Holy Mountain or Mount Athos, which is the epicentre of the orthodox pilgrimage in Greece and a place of striking natural beauty.

Chalkidiki is a holiday oasis as it offers diversified vacationing options for each and every taste and need: family holidays, culinary journeys, sports & adventure expeditions, romantic breaks, spa & wellness experiences, partying options and many more.

Highlights

Afytos Village

Afytos village is one of the most exquisite traditional villages of Chalkidiki located at the Kassandra peninsula and only 73km from Thessaloniki. Its paved narrow alleys, its numerous sandy coasts with utterly warm waters, its panoramic views to the sea are just a few of the resort’s highlights. The buildings here have been built with natural stone composed by the area’s sand while seashells taken from its shores adorn various constructions and sculptures of local artists. Afytos is perfect for a full day excursion and a true a piece of art!

 

Cave of Petralona

The Cave of Petralona is part for an extensive underground cave system, one of the most important ones in the entire country and the most important paleontological discovery of all times due to the countless fossils of large prehistoric animals found. It is here where the earliest human finding in Europe was discovered: a skull of a woman’s head 700K years’ old. Another marvel of Petralona is the named “Hall of Roots” where the roots of the trees have pierced the cave’s roof and have formed a wooden net on the ceiling.

 

Blue flag awarded beaches

Chalkidiki boasts a coastline of 550km, thus offering an exceptional array of beaches and coves for sea lovers. Blessed by the hand of nature, the majority of its coasts feature exotic white sand, warm shallow waters of tropical green and light blue hues and a lush verdant embrace made of pine trees and local flora. Apart from the coasts the area also boasts a great number of small islands and islets, mostly uninhabited but featuring stunningly beautiful, unspoilt beaches. And the best part is that almost 90 from its striking beaches are blue flag awarded.

 

Mount Athos

Mount Athos or the Holy Mountain is one of Chalkidiki’s highlights comprising the epicentre of orthodox pilgrimage. Lush vegetation, stunning landscapes, a great number of stone-built seafront monasteries with heavenly views and a local produce of wine, olive oil and many other culinary products are among the offerings of this spectacular place. Although women are not allowed to visit Mount Athos and its monastic community, visitors can choose to cruise around the peninsula and admire the amazing setting and untouched, pristine beauty of this Unesco World Heritage monument.

 

 

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In Details

What to do & see at Chalkidiki

A place of spectacular natural beauty and dramatic settings, Chalkidiki boasts a great number of activities and sightseeing options for even the most demanding travellers.

Due to its stunning coastline, measuring 550km, and impressive morphology, both Kassandra & Sithonia offer an amazing setting for diving and yachting fans. Turquoise, transparent waters that reflect the overwhelming green colours of the lust nature of the shores and mainland, a rich seabed and numerous islets and small coves will astonish visitors who decide to either spend their holidays on a luxurious yacht or just choose to tour around those breathtaking landscapes for a day cruise.

Being one of the most popular tourist resorts in Greece, Chalkidiki features a great number of ultra-luxurious resorts and exquisite private villas where guests can succumb in utterly pampering wellness experiences and gastronomic delights made with local products.

A tour around the most beautiful traditional villages, such as Afytos, Polychrono with its charming lake, Neos Marmaras and Kryopigi is definitely a must as it is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous beauty of the landscape, enjoy mouthwatering local specialties and unwind in the invigorating ambience of this stunning place.

Culture lovers will also find a great variety of monumental sites to visit, such as the Aristotle Park in Stagira village featuring a great array of early science instruments, the numerous ancient sites and longstanding towers, as well as a many historical, archaeological and folklore museums. For adventure lovers Chalkidiki is also a paradise since it features many trekking paths and cycling routes, watersports activities and even horse riding facilities.

Best beaches at Chalkidiki

Kavourotrypes

Among the most popular beaches of Chalkidiki, Kavourotrypes or Orange beach is found at Sithonia and features a light-coloured sandy coast surrounded by lush pine trees, shallow, emerald waters and a striking view to Mount Athos.

 

Portes

Located at Kassandra, Portes is a Blue Flag awarded, long sandy coast with shallow warm waters, thus ideal for families with young children. The beach is mostly organized and offers various watersports facilities and surfing equipment.

 

Geoponika

Geoponika or Mykoniatika beach is one of the blue flag beaches of the western coast of Chalkidiki and close to Thessaloniki. A popular fully organized coast with whitish sand, crystal clear waters and vibrant beach bars.

 

Nea Heraklia

Another blue flag beach near Thessaloniki featuring amazing azure and warm waters and a long, wide coast with light beige sand. Although it is quite organized, the beach is very calm and quiet and is suggested for families.

 

Kakoudia

Strange rock formations in the sea and the shore, white sand and small pebbles, a setting to die for and total calmness are the highlights of Kakoudia beach. A nature lover’s heaven, Kakoudia is non-organized, found near Ierissos.

 

Komitsa

Found at the third “leg” of Chalkidiki, Mount Athos, and very close to Ouranoupolis, this beach is ideal for either those who wish to have a relaxing day at the beach or party lovers. White sand, a blue infinite horizon and amazing views to Mount Athos.

 

Ouranoupolis

One of the most popular beach resorts with thin, white sand and crystalline, clean waters, Ouranoupolis is a must-visit for an energizing day at the beach. Numerous beach bars and taverns are scattered throughout the area.

 

Karagatsia

Nature aficionados will surely be amazed by this stunning coast found on the islet of Ammouliani. Lush verdant hills, a whitish coast and emerald waters magically match with the serene aura of this place promising an utterly invigorating day excursion.

 

Megali Ammos

As its name implies, Megali Ammos is a long, wide sandy cast also found on the islet of Ammouliani. Mostly organized with striking views to the islets across, the beach boasts a charming natural setting and calm ambience.

 

Vourvourou

A majestic landscape dotted by rock formations smoothened by the sea and wind, natural caves and fine, powder-like sand, Vourvourou is a beautiful beach of pristine natural beauty, crystal clear waters and overwhelming views.

 

Tripiti

Tripiti or Agios Pavlos is a blue-flag awarded coast very close to Ouranoupolis with a sunkissed coast of thin white sand and turquoise horizon. Its clear, warm and shallow waters are ideal for young children while it also offers watersports options.

 

Sykia

A quiet, secluded and calm coast found at Sithonia, the middle “leg” of Chalkidiki, Sykia beach is perfect for a full day at the beach. Its tropical colours, overwhelming beauty and invigorating energy will enchant visitors for a lifetime.

 

Location

As Chalkidiki does not feature an airport, visitors can fly to Thessaloniki’s airport and then travel either by car, taxi or bus to any of the villages or towns. Flights to Thessaloniki’s airport are quite frequent and connect it with many European capitals. Alternatively, one can fly to Athens International Airport and choose to either travel by train (about 6 hrs) to Thessaloniki or rent a car and reach Chalkidiki directly in a 6-hour drive.

Accommodation

Chalkidiki is the princess of the North when it comes to summer holidays: one can find luxurious private villas for two, holiday villas with swimming pool for a group of friends, 5-star resorts and many other accommodation options for all tastes and needs. As there are numerous holiday villas to rent in Chalkidiki, The Greek Villas’ Team ensures that each and everyone of its guests will find what best suites them: from a cozy, chic holiday villa to the crown jewel of all luxurious private villas in the area.

 

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