The peninsula of Halkidiki has many wonderful things to offer. In the shape of a paw with 3 fingers ,"the 3 legs" as the Greeks call them, Halkidiki has a very long coast with countless beaches. It is one of the lesser developed parts of Greece that still holds a lot of natural unspoiled beauty.
Thessaloniki is an ancient city with a lot of history and monuments to explore, as well as a modern metropolis offering an immense variety of dinning, shopping, artistic events and nightlife. It is very pleasant to stroll along the long port, which is very lively in the evening or get lost in the old town under the Castle with it's picturesque houses and tavernas.
Kassandra, the first "leg", is the most developed and touristic part of Halkidiki with many hotels and luxurious resorts, as well as organised beaches with beach bars and fun activities. By September however tourism is relatively declined and it is a very good time to explore this beautiful area. Sani beach and the tip of Posidi are some of the most special places to visit.
The White Tower and port of Thessaloniki
The area of Sithonia , "the 2nd leg", where we will be staying is a natural reserve. You will find no hotels and resorts here, only campgrounds and studios to rent, as very limited construction is allowed. Sithonia hosts Halkidiki's most beautiful beaches such as Sarti Beach and Kalamitsi Beach, overlooking Mount Athos. Kavourotrypes and Karydi beach are jewels and excellent places to snorkel , very close to our campground. Porto Koufo is a special place to visit, a natural heart-shaped lagoon with an exquisite sunset. Neos Marmaras is a lovely peaceful and picturesque town that is definitely worth a visit and a sunset dinner at the port. It also has lovely beaches all around.
Porto Koufo in Sithonia
Neos Marmaras, a peaceful and picturesque village
Kavourotrypes , hidden paradise in Sithonia
The "3rd leg" of Halkidiki is the peninsula of Mount Athos. It is commonly referred to in Greek as the Agion Oros (Άγιον Όρος, 'Holy Mountain'). Mount Athos is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Hellenic Republic and is home to 20 monasteries. Only men are permitted to visit the territory, which is called the "Garden of Virgin Mary" by the monks. The number of daily visitors to Mount Athos is restricted, and all are required to obtain a special entrance permit valid for a limited period. In Greece it is customary that every man visit the Holy Mountain at least once in his lifetime.
Monastery in Mount Athos open for male visitors