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Halkidiki consists of three peninsulas on the North East coast of Greece. The area is popular with all age groups, Kalithea being the liveliest of the resorts in terms of nightlife. Our in depth travel guide provides an insight into what's on offer in Halkidiki. Our cheap holday guide lets you know the best dates to seacrh for a cheap Halkidiki holiday.
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Halkidiki is a peninsula in northern Greece south east of Thessalonika. There are actually three prongs to the peninsula Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Olympus, all bathed by the Aegean Sea. It is an area of great beauty with verdant mountains providing a magnificent backdrop and with white sand and crystal clear water in the foreground. The island remains unspoiled by the development of tourism and retains its traditional charm.
The peninsula of Halkidiki has much to offer visitors with beaches, warm water, sporting facilities, ancient ruins, interesting windmills, superb restaurants, fine wine, lively night spots, good shopping and the hospitality of the locals. Who could ask for anything more?
Halkidiki is popular with all age ranges and most interests. Families with small children can find many beaches with safe bathing in calm waters. Those looking for an adrenalin rush will find an outlet in the many water sporting opportunities that are available. Those looking for a peaceful retreat will not have to search far as there are so many corners in which to relax.
Although the holiday season lasts from April until October when the temperature ranges from twenty to thirty degrees, summer is the most popular time to visit the peninsula.
Halkidiki is a strikingly beautiful area with its pine covered hills sloping down to the sea. The holiday resorts have been sympathetically developed being built in the traditional style and are in keeping with the natural environment.
The beaches in Halkidiki, many framed by trees, are soft white sand and said to be some of the best in Greece. The waters are sparklingly clean, warm and safe for bathing.
The capital Poligiros is an attractive town many parks and small squares with pavement cafes and small shops. The Archaeological Museum is worth a visit.
Nea Skioni is a very traditional fishing village. The large harbour, with its long stretch of silky sand is lined with tavernas serving simple local food. While you are here you should visit the Church of the Virgin Mary which houses 17th century frescos.
Nea Phokea is said to be the prettiest village in Halkidiki with its narrow streets, white washed chapels and castle ruins.
The peninsula will certainly satisfy the holiday aspirations of the majority of tourists.
Festivals are closely associated with the Orthodox Church’s calendar and patron saints days are widely celebrated. The Greeks here celebrate their name day with gifts and parties. August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is especially important and there is great feasting with food, wine and dancing.
The nightlife in Halkidiki caters for everyone with the larger towns, such as Kallithea and Polygyros, providing a vibrant nightlife which begins to liven up in the late evening and carries on until dawn.
There are many very peaceful resorts, with beachside tavernas and restaurants, perfect for those wishing to spend a quiet evening overlooking the sea.
There are also two casinos for those who enjoy a little holiday flutter.
The larger resorts have gift shops lining the beaches and here you can buy all your holiday souvenirs and gifts including, rather tasteful ceramics, embroidered linens, leather goods, soaps made from olive oil and honey from Anea and Nikita.
Halkidiki has numerous tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants which provide a wide range of food to accommodate most tastes. Pork stuffed with cheese and herbs is a favourite dish. Locally caught fish, simply cooked, is always delicious. In the larger resorts the restaurants offer international cuisine.
The local wines from Agios Nikolaos and Porto Carras are inexpensive and very palatable.
The Greeks are noted for their superstitions and believe they can ward off the 'evil eye' by wearing a blue glass bead with a painted eye on it. Garlic and onions are thought to have great healing properties. In traditional villages the old women, believing that bread is a gift from god, bless the loaf before cutting it.
When visiting churches and monasteries, shoulders and legs should be covered to avoid offence.
The islanders are noted for their hospitality and visitors are warmly welcomed.
Restaurants are very child friendly.
The best time to pick up a bargain holiday to Halkidiki in Greece is in the early or late season. Looking in April, May or October will give you the best possible chance of finding a cheap holiday.
The prices of drinks will also be cheaper if you visit at this time, so you may wish to book into room only or self catering accommodation.
Halkidiki features white sands and crystal clear waters with mountains as a beautiful backdrop. The area remains unspoilt and retains it's traditional charm.
Some of the main attractions of Halkidiki include warm waters, sporting facilities, ancient ruins and interesting windmills, along with it’s superb restaurants, fine wine and lively night life.
If it's a cheap holiday to Halkidiki that you're looking for, keep a look out for deals in April, May and October.