Hands up if you thought Halkidiki holidays were just for clubbing. We thought so! If clubs are what you’re after you’ll certainly find plenty, including world-famous names like Pasha and Boutique Dance Stage. However, you might be surprised to learn that you’ll also find peaceful pine forests and olive groves, sandy beaches and the beautiful Aegean Sea. Perfect for anyone seeking a lively night out followed by a long day’s relaxation on the beach or for families looking for a money saving break in glorious surroundings with lots of activities to keep everyone entertained. Holidays to Halkidiki offer a great-value getaway with a flight time of only just over three hours from the UK.
Mount Athos is the easternmost leg and is home to around 2000 monks as well as innumerable religious artefacts and some truly breath taking scenery. Now for the bad news: access to these treasures is reserved for those who are over 18 and male, and in possession of a diamoneterion, a special permit of which a limited number are issued daily. It’s dated in the Julian calendar and signed by four secretaries of the monasteries; not exactly something you’d grab in Duty Free. But don’t panic, there’s good news too: Kassandra and Sithonia are far easier to visit and have more than enough attractions for an incredible, affordable Halkidiki holiday.
Sithonia is the middle peninsula, more accessible than Athos but less developed than Kassandra making it ideal for anyone wanting to get away from it all but retain the comforts of a good taverna in the evening. Forests cover the slopes of Sithonia’s rugged hills and give way to the campsite-dotted coast, rich with hidden coves and little sandy inlets, perfect for exploring and bringing the beauty of nature to your Halkidiki holiday. For the more adventurous, try diving, mountain biking, water sports or even climbing Mount Dragoudelis and enjoying spectacular views from the top.
Kassandra is the peninsula most frequented by tourists, both international travellers and Greeks looking for a weekend away. It boasts bustling bars, clubs and restaurants as well as stunning beaches like Eyeopelayitiko, one of the best you will encounter on your Halkidiki holiday. If you’re looking for luxurious hotels, excellent tourist facilities and fantastic nightlife then Kassandra is the place for you.
Beaches, ocean and scenery: all stunning. Nightlife: exciting if you want it to be, lazy and laid-back if you don’t. Weather: gorgeous. Accommodation: everything from top-class hotels to the most remote campsites. What more could you want? Get clicking today and start your amazing adventure to Halkidiki with lastminute.com.
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