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Crystal clear, bright blue sea in the Halkidiki islands

With a wealth of glorious beaches, charming villages and activities from bird watching to boat trips, Halkidiki is the ultimate family destination, appealing to everyone thanks to its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and stunning natural scenery.


Reached via the airport of Thessaloniki SZG, Halkidiki is within easy reach and the transfer is effortless thanks to a choice of connections. Golden sands and calm, azure waters make holidays to Halkidiki very popular, especially with families who appreciate the universal appeal of building sandcastles, swimming and relaxing in the sun.

For something a little more active, there are plenty of opportunities to try a variety of water sports or to explore the lush surroundings by leisurely horseback.

For shopping opportunities as well as some excellent museums and art galleries, visit the nearby city of Thessaloniki which is a fascinating place to wander around, taking in the history and architecture of Greece's second city. Thessaloniki is youthful and exhilarating and truly comes to life after dark with a buzzing nightlife and exciting vibe.

The Cave of Petralona makes for an interesting excursion, with its fascinating collection of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as fossils of lions, bears, panthers, deer and other animals, making it an important historical site for all the family to enjoy.

Another popular excursion is a trip to the area around Mount Athos, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site based around its ancient and sacred monastery, which has been significant since Byzantine times. Situated in a beautiful tranquil location, admission is strictly limited but a boat trip can provide spectacular views of the site as well as great photo opportunities.

The three delightful peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos jut attractively into the Aegean Sea, each offering a distinct insight into the character, personality and landscape of northeastern Greece.

Weather



Resorts like Kripiogo, Sani, Polichrono, Chanioti and Pefkohori are typically busy for much of the year, with peak times naturally around the warmest periods. The climate in Greece is generally temperate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. As a year-round destination, Halkidiki benefits from plenty of sunshine and little rainfall.

Halkidiki holidays are pleasurable at any time of the year, but temperatures are highest in June, July and August, making it ideal for a sunny summer break to coincide with the school holiday season.

Events



To indulge in a little local culture, the popular hotspot of Kallithea hosts a 3-day festival in July centred on folklore, sports and various exhibitions. The month of August is dedicated to a festival of traditional music, singing and dancing, which takes place in Polygiros and attracts top artists and musicians.

Another good option for immersion in local culture is the Byzantine Tower Festival, which occurs between July and September. Including art exhibitions, concerts and theatre productions, the event takes place in Palaiologos Tower near Fokaia.

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Best of Halkidiki holidays for


Relaxing:
Take a relaxing boat trip along the coast of Holy Mount Athos where you will be able to view a number of medieval monasteries from the water.

Romance: Wander hand in hand through the nearby city of Thessaloniki. You'll find numerous shops where you can treat your other half before enjoying an intimate meal in one of the bustling city's many restaurants.

Grown-up families: A trip to the intriguing Cave of Petralona, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, is a great day out for families. To learn more about the numerous fossils discovered within the cave, visit the anthropological museum located next door.