Halkidiki is the distinctive three-fingered peninsula below the city of Thessaloniki in the north of Greece.
But the fact this is the mainland should not put you off as Halkidiki and the Olympia coast more than make up for it with sandy beaches, sweeping cypress tree scenery and as a gateway to some of the country’s most exciting cities and historical sites.
Easy to get to and explore, Halkidiki has an abundance of authentic attractions – it’s Aristotle's birthplace so a visit to his statue in Stagira is a must. You can while away the hours sipping fresh coffee in the old village of Nikiti or glance at the pine forests of Mount Itamos, which conceal the world's 'oldest living tree'. Take a walk along Tristinika beach behind Porto Carras, or see the ruins of old Lerissos or Xerxes's canal.
Summer in Halkidiki can get very hot and the cooler autumn between September and November offers a more comfortable climate when the sea is still warm and temperature are still in the high 20s.
The region also offers some excellent accommodation choices with family friendly beach resorts, luxury hotels and independent guest houses, villas and apartments. All are within easy reach of some of Greece’s best pine-fringed sandy beaches and watersports facilities.
Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki is less than an hour away making for an exciting day trip with its cosmopolitan bars, great shopping and old quarter of crumbling city walls and winding cobbled lanes.