Halkidiki is home to some of the best, and most beautiful, beaches in all of Greece. You don't have to go far to find a quiet spot – a simple stroll along the coast of Pefkohori will find you solitude.
You can eat at one of the many bars lining the main beach or head to Glarokavos beach to hang out at one of its two large beach bars. This idyllic beach has the key amenities you need, including a life guard, without the noise of loud music or roaring jet skis. In fact, it's not the place to go for watersports on your holidays to Greece, but rather a good spot for enjoying a cold beverage at one of the beach bars after a dip in the warm, shallow water.
You can also walk from Pefkohori to Hanioti beach in neighbouring Chaniotis, a five-kilometre stretch of sand and shingle where all the local watersports are based. From here you can hire a pedalo, go windsurfing, or explore beneath the surface scuba diving.
All in all there are more than 30 Blue Flag beaches in Halkidiki and many more hidden away. All of them offer you natural beaches, shade-providing trees, and far-reaching views.
Eating and drinking
Although it's just a village, there are still plenty of great restaurants to sample on your holiday – and a choice for all tastes. From Greek tavernas to copycat British grub, most of the eateries can be found on the streets circling the village square as well as along the coastal path by the beach.
Don't go home without having a homemade burger at Paul's Place in the square, barbecued prawns at Ouzeri Tsapari or spinach and feta pie at Syntrivani. Locally grown olives are also available in abundance.
There isn't much nightlife in Pefkohori but you will find late-night bars in the summer months with the odd DJ set or live music. A 20-minute taxi ride up the coast, Kalithea is the nightlife hub for the region as well as a great spot for high-end traditional restaurants.
To make the most of your All Inclusive Halkidiki holiday be sure to take a wander in the pine woods, and to explore the idyllic villages near Pefkohori. If you're looking for something more substantial, however, head to Afitos for history, culture, and award-winning restaurants. Among other sights, visitors can admire the unique architecture of St. Demetrius church, built in 1859 and located in the charming central square. It's close to the folklore museum, which houses various art exhibitions.
One of the most interesting places nearby is Mount Athos, but unfortunately it's also the most secretive. This 'Holy Mountain' is home to 20 monasteries and around 2,000 monks. As an active monastic state, visits are restricted but you can admire the spectacular architecture from one of the boat tours that skirt around this eastern Halkidiki peninsula.
The perfect Greek getaway
Pefkohori is a quaint village in the Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki. It's the place for holidaymakers wanting a relaxing Greek getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the better-known Halkidiki destinations. The village gets its name from the pine trees perched on the mountains overlooking the valley. Originally translated as 'pine village' the area grew as a fishing village nestled between the unspoilt countryside and vast bay on the east of the peninsula.
With Pefkohori's ideal location, it's easy to sashay from your accommodation to the water and back to the bars countless times a day. With average summer highs of 30°C, the weather is warm without being stifling and locals liken the clear, shallow waters to bathing in a warm bath.
The Greek region of Halkidiki offers plenty of scope for excursions. As Pefkohori itself is fairly quiet, Kalithea, situated further up the coast, is the place to go for nightlife whilst Afitos is a traditional town worth exploring by day.