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Say Hello to Halkidiki


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Crete is a firm favourite, Rhodes is on most bucket lists and Kefalonia keeps visitors coming back. An undiscovered corner of Greek is something unique, and new for 2018 we’ve found you just that.

So clear the memory card and double check you’ve packed the camera – Halkidiki here we come!

Home to three incredible peninsulas, often referred to as the ‘Three Fingers’; Halkidiki is made up of Kassandra, Sithonia, and Mount Athos. Although you’ll struggle to count the reasons to visit on one hand, two hands or even using all your toes.

The natural setting, blissful beaches and mouth-watering local dishes put Halkidiki right to the top of the list of where you should be holidaying. Welcoming locals will make Halkidiki seem like home from home! So be warned, you may never feel like coming back.

We bring you Greece’s best kept secret…

Beautiful Beaches

There’s a saying that ‘happiness comes in waves’ and Halkidiki’s shores are where this all starts to make sense. With crystal-clear waters lapping the white sand on more than 50 Blue Flag beaches across Greece’s longest coastline, you’ll have your pick of the bunch. Serial sunbathers can lay out their towel in quiet coves lined with pine trees, while for those who can’t sit still there are lively beaches where thrilling watersports and scuba diving offer plenty of entertainment. Let the breeze blow that wonderful salt scent across the sand as you top up your tan!

Did you know?

Thessaloniki is Halkidiki’s closest airport and it’s just a few hours from the UK.

  • London Gatwick to Thessaloniki – 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Manchester to Thessaloniki – 3 hours 30 minutes

History, Myth and Legend…

Church overlooking the sea at Sithonia

…it’s everything you’d expect from ancient Greece and Halkidiki certainly doesn’t disappoint. The region’s history is entwined with tales of giants and the battles between them. The story goes that Athos peninsula was created when Olympus threw a rock. Although he’s not been spotted practicing his bowling recently – so there’s no need to worry about it raining stones while on your holiday here.

Calling adventurous history buffs – Halkidiki was invaded by the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Ruins and architecture tell the fascinating story of Halkidiki’s past. The oldest human remains of ancient Greece were found in the Petralona Caves, the most unique being a 200,000 year old skull. Today you can view it in nearby Thessaloniki, although the captivating caverns still have animal fossils, bone tools and human remains to see during your underground exploration.

Did you know?

Stagira in eastern Halkidiki is the birth place of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Spend the day at the commemorative Aristotle’s Park for a day of relaxation and education.

The Local Menu

Traditional Greek food on a table

Home-grown ingredients and traditional methods inspire the delicious dishes of Halkidiki. A Greek hub for honey, beekeepers here still do things the old fashioned way – which is why it still tastes so spectacular. Aristotle himself sung the praises of the area’s sweet nectar over 2,000 years ago.

The Greek climate’s not just perfect for topping up your tan, warm weather and salty sea breeze do their bit to help the unique taste of Halkidiki’s olives and wine. Add local meats and tasty cheese into the eating equation and it’s easy to see why this is a foodie’s ideal destination. If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, be prepared to fall madly in love with Halkidiki on your holiday.

Halidiki Villa Highlights

Our villas are all located in the first peninsular of Kassandra, perfectly placed to make the most of the stunning natural surroundings, word-class beaches, restaurants and nightspots – plus the neighbouring peninsulas of Halkidiki.

Ready to explore this hidden gem in Mainland Greece? Find your perfect villa in Halkidiki. Or perhaps we’ve rekindled your love for this inviting country? Discover Greece all over again.

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Gary Stringer

Gary Stringer is a SEO Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

I love to travel and I love to write - so I'd like to think I've found the perfect job!...

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