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Sithonia in Griechenlands Region Chalkidiki, Bild: kokixx / shutterstock

Halkidiki, the trident of Poseidon

The most striking geographical feature of the peninsula in northern Greece are the finger-like headlands of Cassandra, Sithonia and Athos, which extend far into the Aegean Sea, known as the so-called three fingers. The inhabitants of Halkidiki, on the other hand, refer to their homeland more as a trident of the sea god Poseidon turned into stone. There are many good reasons to take a holiday in Halkidiki. Here you will find pure nature, romantic places and, in addition to many sights, beautiful beaches.

Whether nature lovers, culture enthusiasts, sun worshippers and beach lovers, Halkidiki offers unforgettable holiday fun for every taste. Summer on the Greek peninsula is pleasantly warm with daytime temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees. At night it will be a little cooler, the temperatures can drop to 15 to 18 degrees. It can rain more often between November and April. The summer months of May to September are therefore the best time to explore and get to know Halkidiki.

Places of interest in Halkidiki

Thessaloniki, white tower
The White Tower of Thessaloniki, Image: Lambros Kazan / shutterstock

Thessaloniki

The second largest city in Greece can boast numerous historic buildings, mosques and other architectural structures. Special attractions are the white tower, formerly a prison or the old city wall from the time of Byzantine rule. Furthermore, a visit to the “Agios Dimitros”, the main church of Thessaloniki, or one of the numerous mosques is a good idea. A visit to the archaeological or Byzantine museum is also worthwhile. In the city centre around the “Aristotelous Square”, tired holidaymakers can relax in peace with a coffee or enjoy a glass of Greek wine in one of the many enchanting taverns.

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Neos Marmaras

The lively port city on the Sithonia peninsula is surrounded by beautiful pine forests. More than 100 beaches and small coves invite you to sunbathe and swim with their crystal clear waters and white sand. Along the waterfront promenade in the harbor, life pulsates in the otherwise rather cozy place. In the numerous restaurants with international cuisine, taverns and bars, guests can fulfil their culinary wishes or buy a holiday souvenir while shopping through the souvenir shops. From the port there is also a ferry connection to Athos.

Simonos Petras, Halkidiki
Simonos Petras, Halkidiki, Image: Andrew_T / shutterstock

Monastic Republic of Athos

Best reached by boat from Neos Marmaras, the autonomous monastic republic on Mount Athos, which rises to an imposing 2,033 meters, is an absolute magnet for visitors. However, there is a restriction for visitors. Only male guests with a corresponding permit (a so-called diamonitrion) are admitted. If you meet these two conditions, you can stay overnight in one of the many monasteries for free and stay for max. experience everyday life in the monastery for three days. In the Dochiariou Monastery, guests can even expect two special highlights: several hand bones of John Baptist the Baptist and a piece of the cross on which Jesus Christ died. Whether you believe the legend or not, everyone can decide for themselves.

Meteora

If you stay in Thessaloniki, you should definitely plan a trip to the floating monasteries of Meteora. The monastery complexes, built on cliffs rising steeply into the sky, are really worth seeing. Originally 24, there are now 6 monastery buildings open to visitors, in which nuns and monks still live today.

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Other sights worth a trip

Ancient Olynthos

Those interested in culture can immerse themselves in Greece’s past at this famous archaeological site. You can visit old houses and walls, floor mosaics and other remains of the former city of Olynthos from the 8th century.

Petralona stalactite cave

There are numerous stalactite caves in Greece. Petralona is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and a very special highlight. In the cave, 250,000 – 150,000 year old fossils of “Homo heidelbergensis”, a species of the human genus that became extinct in the Middle Pleistocene, were found. The cave with a total length of 2,000 meters and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites can be visited daily (except Mondays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in summer until 6 p.m. Next to the cave is a Stone Age museum, where interested parties can learn interesting facts about the life of the Stone Age people.

The most beautiful beaches of Halkidiki

Sun-seekers can sunbathe in the sun on 550 kilometers of beaches in Halkidiki, relax wonderfully and experience a wonderful beach and bathing holiday. Located between Neos Marmaras and Nikitis, Lagomandra beach is one of the most beautiful and popular. In the beautiful bay with shady pine forests, fine white sand and crystal-clear water, you truly feel like you’re in paradise. Particularly suitable for families with children is the beach “Orange Beach” on the east coast of Sithonia. Children can splash around in the clear, shallow water. Meanwhile, parents can relax on the beach and enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Athos.