Halkidiki can be characterized as a small culinary paradise, where the abundance of agricultural and food products becomes the starting point for a culinary trip to be remembered.
The menu is rich: try the renowned unique Halkidiki green olives and the extra virgin olive oil, get carried away by the sweetness of the high in nutritional value Halkidiki honey, get carried away by the intoxicating aromas of Halkidiki wines and spirits, taste its aromatic fruit and vegetables, explore the tradition of the dairy products, dive in the huge variety of its fish and shellfish, enjoy the high-quality meat, and get a sweet taste of its traditional desserts. Ranging from small tavernas, ideal for their friendly and fun atmosphere, to gourmet restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know Halkidiki through its cuisine. Before getting there, however, take a stroll through the open-air farmer’s markets, where the local producers offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, fresh yogurt, fish, and herbs, and invite you to a first acquaintance with the local produce and the local people habits.
This experience could not possibly be complete without a glass of wine. The green vineyards in Central Halkidiki, Sithonia, and eastern Halkidiki, at the outskirts or inside the Mount Athos peninsula, as well as the picturesque wineries of Tsantalis, Domaine Porto Carras, Estate Livadioti, and Claudia Papagianni Domaine, with their award-winning wines, together with the long wine-making tradition of the monks in Athos, all promise to deliver intoxicating moments. Open a bottle, try the rich wine varieties, and drink to the health… of your holidays!
If you are not… full yet, take a look around Halkidiki villages and experience their traditional feasts and festivals, where honey is the star in Nikiti and grilled sardines in Nea Moudania, olive oil is stealing the show in Metaggitsi, mushrooms bring Taxiarchis to another level, tuna fish becomes synonymous with Porto Koufo, mussels taste exquisite in Olympiada, and tsipouro is intoxicating Vrastama.