Bags of shopping
With the largest shopping centre in Halkidiki, you’ll be able to find pretty much anything you fancy in Nea Moudania. The post office, banks and health centres are also handily located here. By the beach is where you’ll find gift shops and those selling beach attire and inflatables.
Shopping for local items is also easy at the biggest market in Halkidiki. Nea Moudania’s massive open-air market is held every Wednesday morning until midday near the bus station. You’ll find honey, olive soap and ouzo for sale, as well as handmade decorations and clothes.
Marina hub for eating and drinking
In Nea Moudania the sea view and beachside tavernas serve an abundance of home-cooked Greek food including seafood that has been freshly fished that day.
Nights out on your All Inclusive Halkidiki holiday are also oriented around the modern and lively marina where there are stylish bars and clubs with DJs spinning the decks all evening. Or you can lounge beside the beach at the cocktail bars that surround the Ikos Oceania Club hotel, such as Blue Main Bar and Cueno Bar.
History and festivities
Rich with history, one of the most awe-inspiring of Nea Moudania’s monuments is the 2,000 year old amphitheatre which has views over the Aegean Sea. This outdoor theatre comes alive in the second week of July when 2,000 people take their seats for theatre and music performance as part of the Festival of the Sea. As an added bonus, there is a mini sardine festival on the last Sunday when delicious grilled sardines and retsina – Greek resinated white wine – are offered out liberally.
Other buildings of note are the huge hilltop basilica at the highest point of the town with amazing views of the bay, and the Zografou Tower – a 14th century Byzantine tower with the later addition of a church.
An unusual addition to the town is the Museum of Fishing Vessels and Equipment, which is a private collection of Greek sea treasures. Exhibits include ancient anchors, compasses, lamps and interesting seashells.
A 15-minute drive away are the ruins of the 7th century city of Olynthos where you can see the layout of the city and ancient floor mosaics, all explained at the museum.
At the top of the Kassandra peninsula, the large city of Thessaloniki is a 35-minute drive away. Here you can admire the UNESCO World Heritage churches and monuments, and look around the shops. Between Nea Moudania and Thessaloniki, the Petralona Caves is a good stop for families. For under ¬5 entry you can ride on a small train down to the cave and see impressive rock formations.
There are also regular buses leading south into the finger-shaped headland of Kassandra and its beautiful beach resorts. You don’t have to go too far to uncover amazing beaches, as Nea Potidea beach and Nea Fokea beach are within half an hour for swimming in the calm, clear waters of the eastern bay. Even closer is the two-mile stretch of Agios Mamas beach, with restaurants and watersports on hand – just 10-minutes east by car.