For the chance to explore a lesser-known part of Greece, snap up a flight to Halkidiki – traditional towns, mysterious forests and untouched beaches all await.
If you’ve ticked off the islands and fancy getting to know Greece’s mainland a bit better, consider flights to Halkidiki. This three-pronged region juts out from the country’s west coast into the Aegean Sea. And the best part is, each of its peninsulas has its own vibe. If you like things on the lively side, Kassandra is your best bet. Here, wide beaches give way to seaside villages and popular holiday towns, as well as Greece’s second-biggest city, Thessaloniki. Over in Sithonia, meanwhile, the vibe is quieter, with rugged coves and forest-covered hills taking centre-stage. The final prong, Mount Athos, is somewhat of a mystery. A holy region that’s home to more than 20 monasteries, it’s closed off to the general public. The best way of seeing it is to cruise along its shores.
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STRETCH out on one of Sithonia’s beaches, like Spathies or Agios Ioannis. They’re much quieter than the ones over on neighbouring Kassandra.
RIFLE through the racks of Thessaloniki’s fashion stores to find yourself a bargain. The best stores are down Aghias Sophias and Tsimiski streets.
NIBBLE away at lots of little dishes. Served as part of a traditional Greek meze, they include things like stuffed vine leaves, warm pitta bread, and the full spectrum of dips.
UNWIND over a quiet drink in Hanioti once the sun goes down. The town’s after dark scene revolves around beach bars and cocktail lounges.
ZOOM down the slides and chutes at Waterland – Kamikasi is the most menacing. Then sit back and relax in the hydro-massage pool.
Just So You Know…
Flights to Halkidiki touch down at Thessaloniki – Macedonia Airport.