Halkidiki is Europe’s answer to an exotic stay | #TheLocals
Having visited many exotic destinations around the world, I can’t help but compare each of these places with my personal favourite, Halkidiki.
Searching the globe for that little piece of paradise can often take you to some far-flung destinations. Experiencing different cultures, great food and dreamy beaches can often come with a hefty price tag. So, if you're a seasoned traveller in search of refreshing new places for an idyllic yet adventurous vacation, Halkidiki may be just the place you are looking for. Once you discover it, your alternate vacation choices will be cast aside and you'll lose your heart to Halkidiki forever. Trust me, I know!
Beach lovers and travel bloggers would definitely consider this as Europe’s answer to an exotic stay. Where the azure waters shelve as they brush gently alongside tempting white golden sands. Halkidiki wows people from all over the world, all of whom have different expectations of what a great holiday entails. But we manage to tick all of their required boxes. A blend of genuine traditional Greek hospitality, matched with the perfect mix of hotels from family-run to all-encompassing resort experiences, not to mention a large and exciting range of dining out. Let yourself be swept away when you see for the first time the magnificent of our coastline. From stunning verdant backdrops with rugged cliff edge coves to large sweeping beaches tempting you in to enjoy it firsthand.
The two key regions of Kassandra and Sithonia offer contrasting facilities yet complement each other perfectly, ensuring both meet the ever-increasing needs of the traveller.
Kassandra boasts cosmopolitan beaches with some of the regions finest resort hotels offering every facility you could wish for. The beaches offer numerous water sports and there are some super trendy beach bars to enjoy a cocktail whilst admiring our super sunsets with that special person perhaps. These appeals mainly to a younger target audience and affluent movers and shakers (our own little Saint Tropez). If you like! By contrast, traditional villages, and the stunning 'lazy day' beaches of Kriopigi and Paliouri are among some of the key highlights of nice n' easy Kassandra.
Sithonia is the secret gem, relatively untouched by mass tourism and offers you a small piece of heaven on earth. Portokali beach in Kavourotrypes, considered by many to be one of Halkidiki's finest can easily be compared to any of the top beaches found in far-flung exotic destinations. The 'Hop On' is a great way to discover and experience this first hand. Families will adore Kalogria beach. Here, a well-established beach bar offers a great environment for a day's relaxation in the crystal waters of Toroneos gulf, where the peninsula forms. Your taste buds will be invigorated here in Halkidiki. A gastronomic experience awaits, as an abundance of eateries spoils you for choice.. Needless to say, we always love those small family run tavernas with home-cooked dishes 'just like grandma used to make'. Regional cuisine is a must and you won't be disappointed.
You'll find a superb range of fish and seafood restaurants always reasonably priced. The restaurant in Karydi beach is a new addition to the gourmet set here in the area and offers fine dining for those in search of that special food experience or as bloggers would say: 'Food Porn' at its best!
If you have visited Halkidiki before- you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
If we’ve not had yet the pleasure of hosting you…what are you waiting for?
"San tin Halkidiki den exi" (translation: There is no place like Halkidiki).
By Anatoli Kapnidou | Director of Sales & Revenue
at Capsis Hotels Thessaloniki & Heraklion