Halkidiki comprises three 'prongs' jutting out into the Aegean.
Kassandra has developed into the most popular choice for tourists and
next to it is quieter Sithonia.
The third area is Mt Athos, a Holy mountain off limits to all women,
even boats carrying females cannot go within 500m of the shore.
Although relatively undeveloped compared to some of the islands
Halkidiki still has an abundance of amenities and is popular with Greeks
as well as other European visitors so some resorts can become crowded in
The countryside is dominated by pine-clad mountains and olive groves.
Approx 4 - 4� hours
Time Difference: GMT + 2.
||To really enjoy the sites of Halkidiki get a good guide book
- The Petralona Cave became Halkidiki's most famous
landmark when the skull and bones of a man dating back 700,000 years
was discovered. It also offers spectacular examples of stalactites
and stalagmites. Open daily.
- Thessalonika often known as Salonika, has a big
city atmosphere and is renowned for its nightlife and sights. Most
of the treasures found in local archaeological excavations have
ended up in one of Thessalonika's museums. The Turkish quarter,
Kastra is a step back in time to the 14th century. Serious shoppers
will find it is second only to Athens for the range of traditional
outlets and fashion boutiques. Well worth a day of anyone's holiday.
- Pella is the birthplace of Alexander the Great
and now famous for a fine collection of ancient mosaics.
- Greece's highest mountain and home of the Gods, Mount
Olympus is now a national park of staggering beauty.
- Sithonia is home to Halkidiki's only 18-hole golf
- Boat trips to Mount Athos offer stunning views of the rugged
coastline with glimpses of the land where women are prohibited and
the only inhabitants are monks
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