It may not be Crete or Mykonos or Santorini – places that usually spring to mind when we think holidays in Greece – but experience Halkidiki for yourself and it won’t be long before you’re extolling its virtues to all who’ll listen. This distinctively tri-tined peninsula in Greece’s northwest suits the discerning traveller looking to gain a new perspective on a classic European holiday destination.
Luxury Holidays to Halkidiki
For somewhere a little less well known than its Aegean neighbours, Halkidiki is surprisingly easy to get to. Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, lies just to the north, making short work of international airport transfers. For an affordable luxury holiday in the sun, without the long haul hassles, choose Halkidiki with Kenwood Travel.
Great reasons to holiday in Halkidiki
History – As the birthplace of Aristotle in 384 B.C., Halkidiki lays claim to a cultural legacy steeped in the stories of ancient Greece. Pay homage to the great philosopher at his statue in Stagira, or venture through time when you visit the abundant ruins, relics and archaeological sites for which this region is famous.
Weather – Nowhere in Europe can compete with the Med when it comes to great weather. This meteorological marvel welcomes sunseekers from the four corners of the globe, and the gorgeous coastline of Halkidiki, Greece is as idyllic a spot as any to unfurl your beach towel. Summer temperatures average 26C with around 12 hours of sunlight per day.
Dining – Friendly tavernas, bustling ouzeries and gourmet restaurants dish up a comprehensive selection of Hellenic food and wine. Halkidiki dining is some of the most notable in northern Greece.
Beaches – Halkidiki’s lush green uplands give way to a shoreline renowned for its spectacular beaches. They come in all shapes and sizes, from family favourites like Kallithea, to blue flag beauties like Sani. Discover secluded coves away from the tourist trap, or hit the popular areas such as Neos Marmaras.
Things to do whilst on holiday in Halkidiki
See the sights – Visitors keen to get a glimpse of Macedonia’s vibrant past are spoiled for choice. Mount Athos, Petralona Cave, Nea Fokea castle, Ayytos Village, Possidi lighthouse… The list goes on.
Hit the shops – Holidays are made to be memorable, so it’s a real treat when we find the perfect souvenir to remember them by. Find your Halkidiki momento among the antique shops, designer boutiques and arts & crafts stalls of Sani Marina shopping plaza.
Find a festival – As you’d expect, a region as culturally rich as Halkidiki isn’t short on local events that celebrate its place in Greek history. Discover an annual calendar bursting with festivals and fetes centrered around folklore, food and wine. (Please check local guides for dates and venues.)
Dance the night away – Halkidiki’s nightlife provides an exciting way to round off a day of sightseeing or swimming. From local taverns to cocktails bars and bustling nightclubs, find the evening entertainment tempo that suits your vibe. Just go easy on the ouzo!
Weather in Halkidiki
Summers in Halkidiki are hot and dry – typically Mediterranean – between May and October, with temperatures averaging around 26 degrees and often increasing. High season is in July and August, when the mercury reaches its peak. The temperatures tend to drop in the cooler months, between November and April.
Facts about Halkidiki
Area – 2,918 sq. kilometres
Capital – Polygyros
Population – 110,000
Currency – Euro
Halkidiki holidays 2021 / 2022
At Kenwood Travel, our direct hotel and airline partnerships cut out the middleman, so there are no extra costs tagged onto your holiday. Our affordable, luxury getaways to Halkidiki are just a short flight away, but we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment on your preferred dates. Start your 2021 holiday plans today by calling our friendly reservations team or go online now.