Chalkidiki, one of the most known touristic destinations of Greece, is a big peninsula, since it is wetted by the Aegean Sea and only in the North. Northern west it is linked with the body of Macedonia, through the region of Thessaloniki. It looks like the trident of Poseidon, as it comprises 3 small peninsulas, the famous “three legs”. The capital of Chalkidiki is Polygyros.
Kassandra: Family vacation, beaches for all tastes, thermal baths, but also a famous night-life, for all the ages. We welcome you to the first leg.
Sithonia: Family holidays, pine scent, lounge music, rich vegetation, picturesque fish villages, natural ports like Porto Koufo.
The earthy natural paradise is in the second leg and the absolute soul ease in the sanctuaries of the monastic region of Aghion Oros on the third leg, in the peninsula of Athos. As for housing and eating, no matter to which leg you will go. It is almost guaranteed you are in the Earthly Paradise of Chalkidiki.
According to mythology, Chalkidiki was the place where battle between the Gods and the Giants for the ruling of the world took place. The human presence in Chalkidiki, according to the findings in Petralona goes back to the Palaeolithic era.
The activities you should not skip is swimming in the blue waters and the sunbathing on the beaches with the white sand and the “Blue Flags”.
It is worth visiting the following beaches:
Nea Heraklia, Flogita Beach, Potidea, Fourka, Sani, Pefkohori, Chanioti, Lagomandra, Elia, Platanitsi, Toroni, Sykia, Sarti, Cambos, Kavourotrypes (crab holes), Stratoni, Ierissos, Nea Roda, Ammouliani, Kampoudi etc. Carefree moments in organised campings, simple accommodation or rooms to live the day in the area, luxurious hotels for spa and athletic activities like diving, golf, tennis, nearly five, sailing etc., extravagant villas for unique holidays, famous resorts, they are all here.
In you daily programme you should also include visits in the historical sites of Chalkidiki and do not stay just here:
The Cave of Petralona, the Macedonian Tomb in Potidea, Ancient Stagira, Aristotelis’ place of birth in today’s Olympiada, the ancient town of Mendi in Kassandra, Ancient Olynthos, the prehistoric tomb in Kriaritsi, the Archaeological Museum of Polygyros, the Temple of Ammon Zeus in Kallithea, the Temple of Sun Apollo in Nea Roda, the Zygou Monastery in Ouranoupoli and, of course, the monasteries in Aghion Oros, the most known ones are the Monastery of Vatopedion, of Meghisti Lavra, of Zografou etc.
You should go climbing and hiking on to the mountains of Cholomondas, Itamos, Stratonikos or of Aghion Oros, from where you can buy honey of exquisite quantity, wine and other homemade products. To cure and to refresh yourselves do not miss the chance to visit the thermal baths of Aghia Paraskevi, famous for their rare healing qualities.
On the other hand, if you belong to the male sex and you want to have a devoting experience, the garden of Panaghia (Virgin Mary) is a sacred destination, of spiritual uplift, with visitors from every corner of the world.
During summer, in Chalkidiki many artistic and gastronomic celebrations take place.
The sure thing is these holidays will enchant you and they will make you more demanding for the next ones!
Attention-Translation: Olga Syntrivanis