What to do
Halkidiki’s three peninsulas dive into the Aegean Sea, offering a coastline of about 550 km featuring a thousand different beaches. The variety of its natural environment is ideal to explore: 20 hiking routes and 17 cycling routes are taking place between mountains, forests and wetlands, whose major part is protected by Natura European Network.
Visit the Petralona Cave where the findings are dated as being 700.000 years old!
Mount Athos is home to the unique Orthodox community of monasteries which is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The amazing monasteries were built 1.000 years ago, on the land known informally as the Garden of Virgin Mary. Byzantine churches and peaceful monasteries are all over Halkidiki, since Apostle Paul introduced Christianity to the locals in 50AD.
Participate in a religious feast where old, traditional customs revive!
Halkidiki features in many Greek myths and plays a leading role in the history of Greece. The region has 3.000 year old culture, which appears to the ancient settlements of Olynthos, Toroni and Akanthos. The great ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was born in Stagira village. The legends about the Byzantine towers meet the elegancy of the Macedonian settlements.
Enjoy the cultural festivals and concerts in an open-air theatre at summertime!
Halkidiki offers the delights of the Mediterranean cuisine, the extra virgin olive oil, the cheese, the herbs, the honey, the wine from the local vineyards and the traditional tsipouro as well as fresh fish and locally produced meat, in marvelous dishes. Enjoy the local tastes at the restaurants, the tavernas and at one of the prestigious gourmet or traditional food festivals.
Meet the winemakers who follow a longstanding tradition in wine producing!
There is plenty to do in Halkidiki. The sea and mountain combination offer a great variety of sports opportunities such as scuba diving, water sports, jeep safari. Thanks to initiatives by the local hotels and communities, Halkidiki has developed a series of alternative activity proposals, including golf, horse riding and sailing.
Join a football, basketball or beach volley team!
For those seeking 24/7 fun and entertainment, Halkidiki has plenty to offer: morning coffee in a traditional kafenion, cocktails and shots at the beach bars until the sun goes down, drinks in one of the sea-side bars, or a long evening listening to Greek, Latin, jazz or reggae..
Pick a cosmopolitan crystal-clear beach and have fun with your newly known Greek friends!
The promising sunrises and the sweet sunsets viewing the endless sea with your other half, is the definition of romance in Halkidiki. Collect precious moments either in a romantic hotel suite or a cozy room for two, after relaxing at a spa or having a candlelight dinner. There is always a quiet beach to relax, no matter how popular Halkidiki is.
Choose a picturesque chapel or location and make your wedding unforgettable!
In Halkidiki, there are beaches offering family activities where children can play safely. Most of the hotels are equipped with children pools, playrooms and playgrounds while there are a lot that organize children animation programs to keep them pleasantly occupied. Families also spend time together either enjoying the nature or exploring the traditional villages.
Look for the secret places that confirm the myths and legends about Halkidiki!