Halkidiki must be one of Greece’s best kept secrets. Following our time there in May 2018, this gallery brings our Halkidiki photographs together in one place. They cover our time in Halkidiki as well as our travels during our stay.
Where is Halkidiki
The region of Halkidiki is part of mainland Greece and is easily identified by its 3 jutting peninsulas. Pine clad forrests, sandy beaches in sheltered bays and traditional Greek villages are right on your doorstep.
Kassandra, the most westerly peninsula and Sithonia, the central peninsula, are open to tourists and some areas are well developed. Mount Athos, the most easterly peninsula is largely closed to both locals and tourists as it is an autonomous republic ruled by monks who live in its 20 monasteries.
Flights to the region are through Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city. Transfers south from the airport average between 1 to 2 hours.
The climate in Halkidiki
The climate in northern Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate. Winters can be cooler and wetter than more southerly parts of the country. Summers can be hot and dry. There can be extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year.
What does Halkidiki have to offer
Essentially Halkidiki is promoted as a beach break but it has so much more to offer. If you choose wisely you’ll find traditional Greek villages with cobbled winding streets and stone built houses. Depending on the time of year, the side roads are frequently lined with trees bearing fruit including olives, cherries, apricots and oranges.
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city is around an hour or two away from the peninsulas of Halkidiki so it is well placed for a day trip. It dates back to 315BC and although it is now a thriving modern city with a population in excess of 1million there is still plenty from the past to see and do. Our post on the top 10 sights in a day can be reached by using this link.
The Monasteries of Meteora, in central Greece, are also within reach. Although it is a long day trip. However the landscape and history in Meteora make it well worth taking a day out of your time in Halkidiki.
All in all there is plenty to see and do.
The Greece Travel Guide
If you are thinking about visiting the region check out our Greece Travel Guide which will give you a flavour of the country and help you prepare to make the most of your time there.
The gallery of our Halkidiki photographs aims to capture the essence of the region, its life and the landscapes we encountered. Hopefully you’ll enjoy looking through the photos as much we did taking them. If you are looking for a picture of somewhere in particular that isn’t there let us know and we can check for you to see if we have it.
Looking for More?
If you are looking for some further reading then below you’ll find more of our articles on Greece. For related reading check out the Tag links as well at the bottom of the page.
More Reading on Greece
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