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Halkidiki: Map of Halkidiki and Thessaloniki
Chalkidiki is considered a main tourist area in Greece due to the large number of Greek and foreign visitors who have their vacation in the region every year. The region is renowned for its 3 peninsulas and its unique combination of mountain landscape and seaside settlements, offering visitors both relaxation and entertainment and catering to all types of tourists.
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) has three peninsulas: Kassandra in the west, Sithonia in the center and Agio Oros (Mt. Athos) in the east. Each peninsula has its own charm although Chalkidiki is generally famous for its many verdant areas, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan nightlife and excellent archaeological sites.
This page provides you with a map of Halkidiki (Chalkidiki) and a short vacation guide about Chalkidiki and its 3 peninsulas, including sightseeing and beaches.
Kassandra, Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) Greece
Kassandra is the first and most cosmopolitan peninsula of Chalkidiki. It attracts thousands of tourists every year due to its well-developed tourist infrastructure that offers a plethora of hotels and organized facilities. Kassandra Chalkidiki is known for its organized beaches that are situated in forested areas. Kassandra is just the place for entertainment, since it is full of all types of venues such as taverns, restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. The area also possesses some very interesting historical and religious sites that are definitely worth visiting, while a walk through the cobblestone alleyways of quaint traditional settlements, is a joy.
Sithonia, Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) Greece
Sithonia is the middle peninsula of Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) and is famous for its combination of unique features. It is an area full of beautiful landscapes, picturesque harbors, golden beaches, secluded bays, peaceful villages, historical sites and amazing architecture. Sithonia is a popular holiday resort due a mixture of many different attributes it offers. It is a tourist haven, although it has managed to avoid most of the urban influences. Sithonia provides visitors with many entertainment venues, and organized hotel accommodation. Travelling around Sithonia is a true experience, since its characteristics are unparalleled and breathtaking.
Mount Athos, Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) Greece
Mount Athos (called Agio Oros in Greek), the third peninsula of Chalkidiki (Halkidiki), is truly original since it is an area abounding with monasteries. Adding to the serene and spiritual atmosphere of the area are the evergreen forests that surround the monasteries. Many male visitors - women are not allowed to enter the monasteries - come to Mount Athos for peace and reflection. Some pilgrims return year after year.
However, there are areas in Mount Athos that cater to the average visitor and offer all the comforts of the other two peninsulas, such as organized sandy beaches, lively night clubs and restaurants and a plethora of accommodation establishments.
Thessaloniki is located in Northern Greece, northwest of Chalkidiki and is the second largest city in Greece. The city's architectural characteristics and culture have been shaped by historical events, due to the fact that Thessaloniki has always played a major role in Greece's history. As a result, Thessaloniki is a magnificent fusion of various Hellenic and European characteristics. Nowadays, Thessaloniki is a major commercial, financial and cultural center in Greece, and indeed in the European Union, hosting a variety of business-related exhibitions and social events. The region is full of green mountains and beautiful sandy coastal regions. It is definitely worth spending at least a couple of days exploring the city and its surrounding areas.
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EXCURSIONS IN CHALKIDIKI (HALKIDIKI)
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) offers many wonderful archaeological and historical sites, as well as stunning beaches. It is quite a large region and it is preferable that you tour each peninsula separately. The most important sites and beaches are mentioned below and can be located on our Halkidiki map.
- MOUNT ATHOS
- MAINLAND CHALKIDKI
Visit the archaeological and historical sites of Mount Athos and its surrounding areas. Some of the most important sites are: the ancient site of Akathos and Krouna Tower in Ierissos, Xersis Channel in Nea Roda, Prosforiou tower and Fragokastro in Ouranoupoli. You can swim and relax at Ierissos beach, the beaches in the Ouranoupoli area or on Ammouliani isle, located opposite Ouranoupoli.
While vacationing in Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) we suggest you also take a trip through the mainland and visit the sites and beaches it has to offer. The most significant sites are: the ancient city in Arnaia, the Byzantine tower in Galatista, the natural acropolis fortress of Antigoneia in Nea Kallikratia, the archaeological site in Olynthos, the cave in Petralona the Folklore Museum in Afytos and the Archaeological Museum in Polygyros. The most beautiful beaches are in Gerakini, Metamorphosi, Nea Kallikratia and Nea Moudania.
The major archaeological and historical sites in Sithonia are: the tower and the prebyzantine fortress in Agios Nikolaos, Parthenonas settlement in Neos Marmaras, Kelyfos island located opposite Neos Marmaras and the ancient site of Toroni. Sihtonia possesses golden, sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming and sunbathing such as: Agios Nikolaos, Vourvourou, Neos Marmaras, Nikiti, Sarti, Sykia and in the areas of Kalamitsi, Porto Koufo, Toroni and Panagia's Bay.
The most significant archaeological and historical sites in Kassandra are: the ancient site of Mendi in Kalandra, the sanctuary of Ammon Dias and the sanctuary of Dionysos and the Nymphs in Kallithea, the windmill in Kassandreia, the castle ruins and the channel in Nea Potidea, Agios Pavlos Tower and Stavronikitas Tower in Nea Fokea and the ruins of the ancient city in Polygyros. Kassandra has many beautiful beaches in the following areas: Kalandra, Kallithea, Siviri, Kryopigi, Nea Poteidea, Nea Skioni, Stani, Nea Fokea, Paliouro, Pefkochori, Polygyros, Skala Fourkas and Chanioti.Read More