Whether you're into ancient ruins or white-sand beaches, Halkidiki has it. Its shores are dotted with beach resorts, many with distant views of Mount Olympus. Halkidiki's stunning landscape houses traditional Greek villages paved with cobbles and luxury marinas sited within an ecological reserve. Across the region, you can dine on precision-cooked fresh food, skim the ocean on a jet ski or simply perfect your tan.
Halkidiki is shaped like a three-pronged fork spearing the Aegean Sea. Its trio of peninsulas jutting out from mainland Greece into the Aegean Sea means it has miles and miles of wraparound coast – and with it plenty of sunbathing spots.
The first of the fingers is Kassandra, the most popular of Halkidiki's peninsulas. Though Halkidiki tends to stay pretty chilled out on the whole, Kassandra's where you'll find the region's most lively resorts.
Sithonia, the second of the fingers, is more rugged than its trendy big sister, with sloping green hills lining its coastline.
Mount Athos, the most private of the three, is cordoned off from the public, though boat cruises around the peninsula still offer a sneaky peek.
Perched on top of a hill and overlooking the sea, Afitos is a beautiful village renowned for its stone built houses and its local church and museum. Spending time here will give you a relaxing holiday, simply enjoying the charms of the village and its picturesque beach.
With its numerous activities, wonderful watersport opportunities, as well as its lengthy beach, Hanioti is popular with holidaymakers of all ages. Wonderful restaurants, bars and shops complete the picture. Within easy distance of Thessaloniki and many other resorts on the Kassandra peninsular, Hanioti is a fun destination for families.
With an outstanding bay view as you lie on Kalithea's white-sand beach, this busy town has a main street packed with shops and restaurants as well as an old town. Many come for Halkidiki's best nightlife, consisting of bars, Brit pubs and a couple of clubs on the outskirts.
Giving you the option of both a golden beach and old town square in the same village, low-key Kriopigi ticks a lot of boxes. Set on hillside, there's an amphitheatre and natural spring in the countryside, a square with authentic tavernas and beachside bars that are fun-but-tame.
A busy town mixing modern facilities with ancient history, Nea Moudania boasts a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre, hosting summer events. With some of the best shopping in the area and sunbathing with views of Mount Olympus, the town is also fun at night at the restaurants and bars lining the revamped marina.
At the 'gateway to Athos' you're perfectly placed to take boat trips around the ancient monastery peninsula. Other historical sights include a Byzantine watch tower come museum and old marina, beside which you can dine at authentic tavernas. There is a golden sand beach and nature reserve to walk in.
This town on the north coast has plenty of options, from historic walks to lazy beach days, together with a great mix of restaurants. Hotels and villas here define affordable luxury, with a good mix of traditional rustic designs and crisp modern facilities, while pools, spas and activities are all in easy reach.
If you can tear yourself away from the brilliant seven-kilometre white beach, Polichrono is positioned in the centre of the Kassandra peninsula making it a good base to get around. Try out its beachside tavernas or head to Kalithea for late nights and Sani for luxury shopping.