Greeks call this region Chalkidiki rather than Halkidiki, but considering the C is silent, you’re probably pronouncing it correctly without even realising (hal-kee-dhi-KEE). A beautiful Greek region surrounded by the Aegean Sea, it is home to lovely beaches, secluded coves and numerous historical sites. Resorts like Kassandra, Sithonia and Polygiros give travellers a picture-perfect holiday with a warm and relaxing climate.
A short flight of approximately three hours and 25 minutes is all it takes to reach Halkidiki, which is a region in Southern Greece close to Macedonia and Bulgaria. The beautiful scenery of this three-fingered peninsula is best exemplified on its many beaches; Kalogria Beach in Sithonia is a long and narrow stretch perfect for water sports, while Kalithea Beach in Kassandra is a great spot for children with fabulous clear waters. Those wanting to find lush greenery should travel to the Athos area which has an abundance of parks, walking routes and mountains. There are numerous fabulous hotels to stay in during your time here, with the area of Polygiros being the most frequented by visitors.
The weather in Halkidiki is warmest in July with an average temperature of 26°C, while autumn months like October can reach as high as 22°C. Outside of the beaches, visitors can take in the beautiful seaside environment at Sani Marina, which has a host of quaint eateries and places to rent boats if you desire. Those wanting to get active can trek up Mount Athos or explore Petralona Cave, while there are water sports, diving and boat tours available throughout Halkidiki.
When settled, visitors should seek to satisfy their hunger with the delicious Greek delicacies on offer. Based on pure ingredients, many restaurants in the region enjoy making a romantic setting as they serve an abundance of fresh seafood, meat dishes and more. Those in the Sithonia region should visit the beachside Mpoukadora for their specialities of cuttlefish or sea urchin. Marigoula, in the popular tourist area of Polygiros, is a small, cosy venue that offers amazing trachanas (Greek pasta) to rival their Italian neighbours.
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