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Halkidiki Holidays

Halkidiki holidays

Renowned for its magnificent golden beaches, often backed by the green of a pine forest, Halkidiki has three legs - Peninsulas extending into the Aegean south-east of Thessaloniki (Salonika).

Owing to this geography, Halkidiki boasts one of the longest single stretches of coastline in Greece, much of it sandy. The white of the sand, the azure of the sea and the green of the pines typify Halkidiki - in places the coastline could almost be mistaken for the Caribbean.

Ouranoupolis tower

Holidays In Halkidiki

This all means that Halkidiki sees plenty of visitors in the summer months and a string of resorts and hotels, large and small, has sprung up. Some areas, inevitably, get over-busy, but with some 500 kms of coastline these are not difficult to avoid.

Most visitors stay on the western peninsula called Kassandra which has the majority of Halkidiki's more established resorts. That said, it also has many of the best beaches too and boasts what is undoubtedly Halkidiki's prettiest and most traditional seaside village in Afitos - one little spot which has worked hard not to lose its character.

Least developed of all is the easternmost peninsula, Athos, as is appropriate for a region which takes its name from the Holy Mountain at its tip. This peninsula is world famous for the male-only ‘monk’s republic’ in its southern half. one trip every visitor should make is the daily cruise down Athos' western coastline to view the monasteries from the sea - really quite spectacular and even at 500m distance from shore (the closest that women are permitted!) one gets a sense of the mystery and power these ancient Byzantine monastic citadels still exude.

Not many people know that Halkidiki has an island! We are delighted to be the first British operator to offer holidays to Ammouliani, just off the top of Athos' western flank. Ammouliani is Halkidiki's
only inhabited island and is very small and friendly. Like the rest of Halkidiki, Ammouliani boasts a string of superb white-sand beaches.

Inland Halkidiki is good for walking almost everywhere, and some organised trails are now starting to appear. There are traditional villages such as Arnea, a 45 minute drive through the forest from Olymbiada, and the spectacular Petrolona Cave some 35 kms south east of Thessaloniki, which is the site of the famous skull, Europe's oldest hominid estimated at some 800,000 years old. The little museum here is fascinating.

Our holidays here can be very flexible and we are pleased to quote for odd durations. They may also be combined with a few nights in fascinating Thessaloniki, or with a fly-drive arrangement to discover northern and central Greece.

Holidays are based on daily flights Gatwick to Thessaloniki. Then 1½-2½ hrs by minibus or taxi (see resort descriptions). Regional flights from other airports (including MAN, EMA, BRS and LTN) available. Odd durations from Gatwick and Manchester can be arranged (please ask for details).

 

All resort areas can be combined. It is also easy to arrange a few nights at the start or end of your holiday in the vibrant and historic city of Thessaloniki. Holidays here can also combine with a fly-drive of northern and central Greece, including Pelion.

Can be pre-booked in Olymbiada or from the airport (significant transfer savings can beachieved for holidays booked to Afitos.

We have a local agent based in Thessaloniki who can always be contacted but no representative in our Halkidiki resort areas. However, good English is spoken at all our hotels, who are always happy to give local information and assistance.

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