Nearby is the Kassandra peninsula’s only lake, which forms part of a nature reserve with lots of interesting wildlife, the most popular of which is a unique species of turtle. Lake Mavrobara can be reached via a three-kilometre hike or cycle ride from town taking you down purpose-built paths through ancient olive groves and forests, this makes it the perfect excursion for nature lovers on cheap holidays to Halkidiki.
Dinner and drinks
In Polichrono, classic Greek tavernas are mixed with other eateries catering for visitors and serving Mediterranean and British fare. Once you’ve finished your meal, nights remain calm with cosy drinks at the restaurants or one of the handful of bars. Beach bars such as the Cockney Cafe do well at keeping you there for post-dinner drinks with good music and reasonably-priced bevvies.
If you’re looking for a more lively night-time atmosphere, Kalithea is the best place for all-night parties. In 15 minutes you can be in its clubs listening to international DJs. Hanioti also has a good selection of bars that don’t get quite as loud as Kalithea but are a fun place to spend your night.
View the past
A village of ancient origins, you can visit the remains of the 6th century BC city of Neapolis on a hill a short walk away. Alongside these ancient houses, cemetery and church with marble columns, there are also Roman buildings.
Other points of interest are the folklore museum, which tells of village life in times gone by and the open-air olive mill with working press. There are also two interesting churches in Polichrono, for you to see on your on your holiday to Greece, dating from 1860 and 1912.
In the area
Although you’ll find some essentials and souvenir shops in Polichrono, there’s much more in terms of shopping a short drive away. Just along the coast, popular Hanioti has a bustling square surrounded by shops and an evening market. Or try the classy resort of Sani to the north with designer boutiques around its marina.
Further north are the cosmopolitan destinations of Nea Moudania and Thessaloniki, which cater for visitors on cheap package holidays to Greece. Nea Moudania has a large harbour with excellent seafood restaurants as well as a very good shopping centre. Being the second city of Greece, Thessaloniki invites you to spend all day exploring its shops, cultural sights and museums.
If you’d prefer to take to the sea, head to Pefkochori’s port from where boats depart to sail around the Mount Athos monasteries perching on cliff edges. Or you can charter your own course by hiring a boat from the end of the coast road towards Kriopigi – perfect for finding secluded coves and doing a spot of snorkelling.