This three-fingered peninsula juts out into the Aegean Sea from the north of the Greek mainland. It’s not as well-known as many of the other Greek holiday destinations, but that’s just its appeal. The region offers visitors a go-slow atmosphere and some of the best scenery in the country – both along the coast and further inland.
The westernmost peninsula, called Kassandra, is the most popular of the three. Visitors tend to make a beeline for the town of Hanioti, with its village square and evening markets. Then there’s sophisticated Sani, a purpose-built resort that’s fronted by a Blue Flag beach and a yacht-filled marina. Finally, you’ve got Kalithea, which is your best bet if you’re looking for a lively after-hours scene.
The next peninsula over, called Sithonia, is wilder and more rugged than Kassandra. As a result, tiny fishing villages and sprawling pine forests are more common than holiday resorts. People tend to head here to enjoy the great outdoors. Secluded coves and virgin bays set the scene along the coast, and myriad walking trails weave their way inland.
Mount Athos is the easternmost of Halkidiki’s peninsulas. This monastic republic is strictly off limits to visitors, but you can get a good look at the place with a boat trip around its shores.