Easy on your wallet and heavy on sunshine
In just over three hours’ flight time, find yourself on this beautiful trio of Greek peninsulas that bask in the Aegean Sea. Natural beauty and suntan weather don’t cost a penny extra.
Halkidiki is home to all manner of beautiful towns and villages, each boasting sandy beaches and ancient architecture galore. Peaceful Hanioti is picture-perfect with its winding cobbled streets, and offers five kilometres of coastline ideal for sunbathing, paddling and watersports. This tranquil village is also within reach of the livelier town of Kalithea, known for its nightlife, crystal clear waters and string of Blue Flag beaches, meaning that if you stay in either destination you can easily experience the joys of both.
Just south of Kalithea is the hillside town of Kriopigi, a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with white-washed tavernas and red-tiled roofs. Tucked neatly between pine forests and mountains to one side and a vast sandy beach with shallow waters on the other, Kriopigi offers plenty to do for the budget-conscious traveller.
Cheap days out in Halkidiki
Enjoying Halkidiki needn’t break the bank, from exploring the olive groves and paddling in the ocean in Kriopigi to unpacking your snorkel to spot sea life off the coast of Kalithea. From Kriopigi’s hillside you can admire spectacular views across the ocean towards Sithonia and stop to cool down at the ‘krio pigi’ in the town centre – a natural spring perfectly placed to refresh tired travellers.
There are scenic walking routes around the nearby hills, as well as plenty of small coves dotted along the coast that make great spots for days of rock-pooling and sandcastle-building. Back in Hanioti you’ll have ample opportunity to window shop when you aren’t on the beach, or you could take a trip to Polichrono to spot turtles in the nearby lake.
If you visit Nea Moudania during your stay, time it right and the view from your sunbathing sessions could include free sightings of international volleyball and sailing competitions, not to mention the famous Mount Olympus.
The weather in Halkidiki is warm and pleasant all year round, meaning that even if you visit in the low season you won’t sacrifice the sun. For cheap deals with the best weather, look for packages in May, June and September. High season means higher prices in July and August, so travel outside these times and you could save enough money to splash out on some fine dining and watersports excursions. However, if you’d prefer a cheap holiday in these peak months, you’ll find some great deals if you look for a last minute getaway.
Other popular holidays in Greece
Cheap Greece holidays are available in other sun-soaked locations too – if you like the sound of a Greek island adventure, take a look at options in Corfu, Kefalonia and Lefkas. If you’re set on a holiday to Halkidiki, take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect budget break. To help you decide where to stay, here are a few of our favourite hotels for a cheap Halkidiki holiday.
In a prime location only 15 minutes from a stunning Blue Flag beach and offering a balcony or terrace with every room, the Aegean Aparthotel is unquestionable value for money. If you don't fancy the walk you can take the free shuttle train down to the sand, and when you're done basking on the beach you can retire to the hotel swimming pool. There's also a separate pool for kids, as well as a bar with satellite TV where weekly quizzes take place. The on-site restaurant hosts a barbecue night every week, but for those who prefer to explore the local cuisine, Kriopigi centre is only a minute's walk uphill.
You'll feel spoilt rotten at the Nostos, only a 10-minute walk from the beach on one side and the lively bars of Kalithea's centre on the other. A huge pool with a sea-view sun terrace and accompanying kids' pool will be the focus of your attention, but it's the traditionally-styled poolside taverna and impressive cuisine that really set this venue off. If you're looking to escape the sun, there's an indoor pool with whirlpools and water jets for over 18s, as well as a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room. Every room has its own balcony or terrace, and you can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all public areas.
Apartments here are dotted around two large swimming pools, with winding garden paths leading you down to the beach – only a few metres away. Every studio comes with private outside space, as well as a kitchenette where you can save a few euros by preparing meals with food bought from the local shops and market. There's a children's pool and play area, as well as a bar with satellite TV, and if you aren't in the mood for cooking you can visit the on-site taverna or take a short walk to Hanioti's main square, only 200 metres away.