General Information for Halkidiki

General Information for Halkidiki

Mini Guide For First Time Visitors

Fist time visiting Halkidiki? No worries! We have you all sorted out.

Ways to Get to Halkidiki

Ranked as one of the best tourist destinations in Northern Greece, Halkidiki is easy to access by car, bus, or taxi. Does that mean you cannot fly to Halkidiki? This beautiful summer vacation region keeps its traditional character, and due to the peculiarities of its landscape, it has no airport or railway station.

You see, although there’s a main mountainous land, most people spend their summer holidays in one of the three peninsulas – Kassandra, Sithonia, or Mount Athos Area (East Halkidiki). If you like to fly or take the train, you simply land to Thessaloniki first and then start your short journey to Halkidiki.
Traveling to Halkidiki by car

The goal is to get to the National Road to Halkidiki. If you arrive in Igoumenitsa from Italy, have departed from Turkey, travel from Albania, Bulgaria, or FYROM, you all end up to Egnatia Motorway.

This is the road that extends from Igoumenitsa on the west all the way to the eastern borders with Turkey. At some point, it meets the Ring Road in the city of Thessaloniki which in turn leads you to the national road to Halkidiki. You drive straight ahead and until you see the signs with the exits to the three peninsulas. You exit based on your destination.
Other road transport means

Whether you get to Thessaloniki by train, bus, or airplane, you can choose among road transportation means – that’s if you don’t want to rent a car.

There is a coach station of Halkidiki where you book a ticket to get to any destination in any of the three peninsulas.
Alternatively, you can hop on a taxi, but the cost will be a tad higher than if you would take a bus.

Traveling by plane

There are many direct flights to the International Airport of Thessaloniki from countries all over the world while there are several domestic flights too. Whether you decide to visit Athens, Chania, or Rhodes first, you can fly to Thessaloniki and then rent a car or hop on a bus to enjoy the rest of your summer vacation to Halkidiki Greece.


Where To Stay in Halkidiki

Hotels, villas, holiday apartments and studio ranging from luxury resorts to affordable apartment rentals, ready to please even the most demanding visitor.


Camping Association of Halkidiki:

Beaches on Halkidiki

Turquoise waters, stunning beaches, nature, beach bars, seaside resorts and evening entertainment make up the list of what you want for your holiday destination. Halkidiki with 550 km of beaches is one of the best destinations for your summer. As it is said in Thessaloniki… There is no place like Halkidiki!

On the interactive map below you will find all the places in Halkidiki you can go swimming.

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An intoxicating combination of blue and green

Archaeological sites in halkidiki

• Mount Athos There are twenty monasteries here, all unlike any anywhere else in the world. Seemingly untouched by time, they stand proudly on Mount Athos, one of the most important sites for the Orthodox faith. We would suggest that all the men reading this (sorry, no women allowed) should check out this unique place to feel the serenity, the wisdom and the holy spirituality of faith.
• The Cave of Petrálona The Cave of Petrálona is one of the most impressive caves in Europe. Finds from the cave show that Halkidiki has been inhabited since Stone Age times. The most important of these is a human skull, that of the “Archanthropos”, which is generally believed to be 700,000 years old –in other words, it is the skull of the oldest European! Visit the cave and admire labyrinthine interior with its stalactites and stalagmites. You can also visit the museum, where a large number of fossilised bones of different mammals are on display. (For further information phone: 23730-71671.)
• Ancient Olynthus Visit Ancient Olynthus, a well-preserved Greek city from the Classical Period. Here you can admire the oldest known Greek mosaic flooring, a forerunner of the stunning mosaics of Dion,Aigai and Pella.
• Poseidon’s temple The temple was active for more than 1000 years, while it is cited even in Thucydides and in documents of the Holy Mount Athos from the 14th century. It was probably built by settlers from Eretria who considered Poseidon their patron god. The excavations revealed four large buildings: the main temple, two buildings on each side of the temple and an arched structure on its eastern side. The latter, which is also the oldest one, is dated to the Protogeometric Period (11th – 10th c. B.C.). It consists of a tiled floor, while the walls are made of large pebbles.
• Stageira Stágeira is the homeland of Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers ever, who was born here in 384 BC. It was one of the best organised urban conurbations in the Classical Period. The archaeological site includes an acropolis, fortifications, an ancient temple and Classical and Hellenistic homes.

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