Halkidiki is in an unspoilt corner of Greece that stretches over three peninsulas into the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. This idyllic area offers everything from the tranquil sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife in Hanioti, through to the picturesque marina and shops in Sani Resort. Deep in culture, this historic region is famous as being the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Halkidiki offers something for everyone whether it is shopping, beaches, places to see or nightlife, there’s definitely something for all to enjoy. Why not take a boat trip to explore the uninhabited Kyra Panagia or the stunning island of Skiathos.
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Nature’s magic and pure landscape, with its magnificent beaches and crystal-blue waters, set in perfect harmony alongside breathtaking pine forests, will cast a spell on you whether you are a camping fun or not. Halkidiki is offering great organized campsites as well as a wide range of restaurants to feast in after a hard day’s camping.
Also be prepared to be amazed by the uniqueness of the monasteries of Mount Athos (the Holly Mountain) and the vast expanse of Halkidiki’ s forests. You can also improve your stay here by visiting inland Macedonia which is of unforgettable beauty. There are plenty of places to go and enjoy the evening and let your hair down. There are many restaurants as well as traditional tavernas and casinos capable to satisfy even the most particular of visitors.
Halkidiki has an impressive variety of goods to offer shoppers, from top
designer labels and exquisite jewelry to fine antiques and high quality leather goods. Tourist shops tend to remain open for longer hours than the local regular shops.
Fine examples of folk art and crafts are displayed in shops all over the island: hand-woven textiles and embroideries with intricate designs, objects of all kinds carved out of olive wood, silver utensils and lovely jewelry. These kind of products make lovely souvenirs of local crafted items.
A particularly great place to shop is the Sani marina shopping piazza as it’s a real opportunity to treat yourself to something a little special. There’s furs, designer labels and sportswear to a supermarket and toys for children.
The sound of Greece and the beautiful cocktails are nothing but a treat for the ears and the tastebuds. Warm evenings entice you out to absorb the relaxing Greek atmosphere. So, dress up and enjoy a night out dancing and listening to the local music or go to the more contemporary nightclubs available in the major towns of Kalithea, Polygyros and Hanioti. Quieter nightlife can be found at the small fishing villages in Halikidiki such as Skioni and Marmaras. There are a range of all day bars, cafes and tavernas to enjoy and go with the flow of local culture. Whatever your tastes, there will be something to get you in the holiday mood.
Halkidiki’ s restaurants serve fantastic quality food from traditional Greek dishes such as Greek salad, souvlaki to moussaka and pastitsio. They are also known to serve up the most famous international dishes also. Mezes can be eaten as a snack, starter or main meal, which are there to graze on leisurely. Generally the restaurants in Halkidiki provide options for vegetarians. For those who like a drink with their meal, house wine is cheaper than bottled wine and often it tastes better! Ouzeries with the traditional and very popular ouzo is the main drink that locals choose.
There are traditional tavernas, Souvlaki grills, cosy kafenion to offer the best of flavours, service and atmosphere.