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HALKIDIKI

Holidays in an earthly paradise

Halkidiki is an ideal place for holidays, offering the visitor more than they expect when they visit for the first time. It is no wonder it is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece. It boasts endless sandy beaches, sections of which are organised and most of them are awarded the Blue Flag certification, and hidden small coves with crystal clear waters, ideal for unforgettable summer dives and all kinds of water sports. The 500 Km of total coastline that forms the three large peninsulas create four large bays and hundreds of smaller sandy beaches. Each peninsula is no wider than 40 Km giving the feeling you are on an island no matter which part of Halkidiki you are in, with a beautiful beach always nearby. Mountains with rich pine forests and hills with endless olive groves complete the landscape of the region. Picturesque villages, hospitable people and a famous cuisine are the characteristics of an area that is one of the most sunlit places in Greece. The centuries old history and the important archaeological sites and religious monuments make it a very interesting holiday destination. The point of reference for Halkidiki is Mount Athos, a self-governed part of the Greek State. It includes twenty Monasteries, many monastic institutions and unofficially it is called ‘Autonomous Monastic State’. In fact, since 1988 it is included in the list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments. The leafy peninsula of Sithonia that attracts thousands of visitors each year is famous for its lacy, over 200 Km long seashore with the golden beaches.

The Kassandra peninsula

The Kassandra peninsula is the most beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki and the hotels of the GHotels group make an ideal choice for you to enjoy your holidays and discover its indescribable natural beauty and its famous sites, such as:

  • The sanctuary of Ammon Zeus in Kallithea
  • The sanctuary or oracle of Dionysos in Afitos
  • The temple of Poseidon and the lighthouse in Possidi
  • Ancient Mendi,
  • Ancient Skioni
  • Ancient Sani and the temple of Artemidos
  • The ancient settlement of Gerani in Sani
  • The paleontological findings in Kriopigi
  • Ancient Theramvos & the temple of Apollo in Paliouri

Kassandra also hosts some very important Byzantine monuments, such as:

  • the early Christian basilica in the area of Solina, Kallithea
  • Panagia Faneromeni (a chapel of the 16th century in New Skioni)
  • The Byzantine tower and the holy water of Saint Paul in New Fokaia
  • Agios Athanasios (frescoed church in Fourka)
  • The chapel of the Panagia of Kalandra (frescoed chapel of the year 1619)

Finally, you should visit the unique natural sites of Kassandra, such as:

  • The wetlands of Nea Fokaia (NATURA 2000)
  • The natural geoforms in Kalamaki (Paliouri)
  • The cave in the baths of Agia Paraskevi in Halkidiki

The fact that the peninsula of Kassandra has a direct access to Thessaloniki, the cultural capital of Northern Greece, which has many modern facilities such as an airport, a harbour, a good road network and a rich market and a reputable nightlife, is another reason that significantly increases its visitors.