Stepping out onto creamy white beaches and listening to the sound of waves at the edge of the Aegean Sea, holidays to Halkidiki put you in the middle of a glittering Greek adventure. At plush hotels you’ll find everything from Michelin-starred chefs to luxury yacht charter while the region’s naturally beautiful environment spoils you with burnt red mountains, ancient stone villages, turquoise seas and footprint-free emerald hills.
We love holidays to Halkidiki for those stunning stretches of award winning Blue Flag sands and the intriguing blend of history and mythological status. Plunge into Petralona Cave where there’s proof of human life existing 700,000 years ago, snorkel among stone ruins taken over by water centuries before and set sail from the Sithonia peninsula, fittingly named after the son of Poseidon, god of the sea.
You’ll find tiny beachfront tavernas serving up traditional Greek mezze and gourmet seafood restaurants where dishes come with a side of sublime views. In Kassandra, bars shine bright into the night while in Sithonia there’s a more tranquil, unspoilt atmosphere. You could spend your whole holiday skimming from honey-coloured beach to solitary white-sand cove searching out the best snorkelling spots and watching wild dolphins brush the waters; equally, you could question the law of physics in Aristotle’s Park and trace the southern peninsula by boat past the monastic state of Mount Athos (no women allowed) where sacred 5th-Century living monasteries still exist.
Expect incredible spots for sunbathing, sailing and diving, sweet forest-covered mountain peaks easily reached for sunset views and traditional cobblestoned fishing villages where colourful boats bring back catch of the day. If this is your kind of Grecian journey, pop into your local store and we’ll start planning your Halkidiki holiday.