Prefecture of Chalkidiki Things to Do

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Prefecture of Chalkidiki Things to Do

  • Nea Moudania

    Nea Moudania is Halkidiki's largest town. Having gone through a massive growth (in means of population) in the last 30 years, it offers now a good range of accomodation for all budgets. Although it does not claim to be a hot spot of Greece, Nea Moudania gets her fair share of tourists.A good thing about Nea Moudania will be its beach, even if not...

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  • Cruises around Mount Athos.

    Cruises around the peninsula are available to anyone both men and women. We tried this famous ship excursion. We were transported into the harbour of Ormos Panagias, from there our ship left to the foot of Athos, then it moved upwards to the harbour of Ouranoupolis and it was possible meanwhile to see 8 monasteries close to the coast.Athos was...

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  • The birthplace of Aristoteles

    Stageira is located about 500 m Southeast of today’s settlement of Olympiada.The ancient colony founded by the island of Andros, was the birthplace of Aristoteles, one of the greatest minds in human history and the teacher of Alexander the Great, who often mentioned that in his father owed his life, but in his teacher Aristoteles, owed the values...

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  • Neos Marmaras

    Neos Marmaras is a very nice village on the Sythonia "finger" of Halkidiki. It is one of the more poshy touristic areas but because of that everything is a little bit more arranged in what concerns the details. Prices, of course, tend to be a little bit higher than in the other places. The resort has two main beaches: "Plage" and "Paradissos"....

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  • Portokali Beach

    One of the best beaches in the whole Halkidiki can be found nearby Sarti. Its name is Portokali Beach and can be spotted from the main road. The beach is not that big, mainly frequented by Greek people. However the water is absolutely superb ranging in different clear blue and tourquoise tones. Snorkeling here is a must as any other water...

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  • Vourvourou

    Vourvourou is a village situated on the right hand (East) side of Sythonia. From what I have learned it is basically inhabited only in the summer time, since most of the buildings here are holiday houses, studios or hotels. The postcards show a beautiful Vourvourou with fabulous beaches but unfortunately I was not able to find them. However I could...

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  • Kalamitsi

    Kalamitsi is a wonderful village situated in the extreme south of the middle "finger" Sythonia. It is one of the longest drives in Sythonia but it sure offers a very rewarding landscape. The atmosphere is very sleepy, therefore you can get nothing but relaxation. The settlement is blessed with a large golden beach with very clear light blue waters....

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  • The city of Heaven - Ouranopolis

    In Ouranopolis, Greece and actually the lay world has an end, the last place before the border to the monk republic. Its name is translated as ‘City of the Heavens. Symbol of the place is the tower of Prosphorion. It became in the year 1344 as military tower of the monastery Vatopedi. Today the tower accommodates a museum that informs about the...

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  • ARMENISTIS CAMPING

    To be honest, I haven't been down to the camping. Yet. I saw it many times from the road up above though, and also from the sea when on a cruise guiding visitors. A big sign on the left side of the road clearly marks where you have to turn to get down there. It's a nice open bay, the beach is sandy I guess. As far as I know it's a big and well...

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  • PORTO PARADISO

    After approximately a 10-minute ride from Vourvourou southbound, you'll pass signs for Lacara camping to find a bit further the sign for Porto Paradiso. Here you'll turn left on the dusty road winding down to the beach. Be careful when driving, in some parts of the main road there is a speed limit of 30 km/h not only because of the sharp turns, but...

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  • Exploring Sithonia - 1st stop:...

    Vourvourou is not a typical resort for it has no lively corso, but scattered appartment houses, hotels and restaurants. Many houses are private summer residences. Hotels are usually quiet as is the sea here in the bay of Singitikos. Beaches are wonderful - sandy, with nice smelling pine trees and crystal clear waters. My favourite is Karidi beach,...

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  • Kallikratia beach 2 (more photos)

    A couple more photos from Kallikratia, a good beach 30 min drive from Thessaloniki. See my other tip for more details.

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  • Hanioti, Greece

    Sometimes I like to be on some crowded place by the sea. One of these places is Hanioti (similar and near to Pefkohori). It's a small tourist city with blue flaged beach. I know some people who adore this place, but for me, place is terrible to spend the day on the beach. It's to noise and crowded. But it's very live and interesting to people who...

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  • Lively village

    Sometimes I like to be on some crowded place by the sea. One of these places is Pefkohori. It's a small fishing village which raised up on crowded tourist place during summer season. I know some people who adore this place, but for me, place is terrible to spend the day on the beach. It's to noise and crowded. But it's very live and interesting to...

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  • Nice sandy beach, Siviri

    Siviri is little place with fine beach at the west coast of Kassandra peninsula (Chalkidiki, Greece). There is place for local people from near Thessaloniki city with the residential houses and apartments. By the beach is a lot of restaurants and cafe bars.

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  • Secluded beaches / Sithonia peninsula

    People who want real relaxation, peace on the finest beaches of Chalkidiki, Vourvuru is the one of the right places. Small bays, finest sandy or stone beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters. There are no big hotels, resorts or discotheques. Beside relaxation by the sea, people can enjoy in hiking, snorkeling and local dishes in small taverns.

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  • Mount Atos / Hilandar

    One of the most beautiful places is Mount Atos, not only for religious people, but for people who wants understand the cultural heritage of the eastern European orthodox countries. All of them have they own orthodox monastery. Beautiful architecture, frescoes and mosaics, rituals, divine liturgy chants and amazing nature. Time was stopped here a...

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  • Kallikratia town and beach, Halkidiki

    Kallikratia beach is the closest to Thessaloniki swimmable beach. There are some other beaches that are closer where you can have a swim but very few people go there and thety are not as nice or organised. The beach expectedly gets very crowded on any summer day. It is interesting that there is no serious industry to speak of in Halkidiki or other...

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  • Chanioti beach and town

    Chanioti beach and town (also spelt Hanioti) in Halkidiki's first "leg" (or first peninsula) Kassandra is one of the most pleasant I have seen in Halkidiki. The beach is sandy, clean and approx. 10 m wide, behind which there is a very well kept park with pine trees and lawn, a real rarity in Halkidiki where land prices are huge. There is plenty of...

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  • Polichrono

    Polichrono combines a traditional village, which gives the resort its name ('very old'), with a popular seafront promenade with cafe bars and tavernas along its length. The main focus of attention in the evenings is the seafront tavernas and fish restaurants. Polichrono also has a number of modern music bars. The resort can get crowded in July and...

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  • Go to Kallithea

    Among the most popular holiday locations is Kallithea with spotless, sandy beaches and interesting archaeological sites. The temple of Zeus Ammon has six Doric columns on its short sides and eleven on its long sides and seems from the proportions of its construction to have been built in the fourth century BC. Today Kallithea is a bustling resort...

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  • For men- Go to Mount Athos

    Mount Athos, known as the Holy Mountain, is home to a semi-autonomous, all-male monastic community. Mt Athos is the centre of the global Orthodox religion - an area of mystique, contemplation, and isolation. The Mt Athos monasteries operate in much with the same manner as they have for over 1,000 years.The 1,500 inhabitants of the monasteries keep...

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  • Go to Hanioti

    Hanioti attracts not only travellers from abroad but Greeks, who frequent the local beach bars, doing what they love best - dancing and singing. Siviri hosts the annual Kassandra Festival, which draws artists from both within Greece and abroad. Pefkochori, with its impressive view of Sithonia, is considered a little quieter and its inhabitants are...

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  • Enjoy the sea

    The beaches of Chalkidiki are said to be the best in mainland Greece. I can assure everybody that the ones on Athos are truly picturesque. The water is crystal clear but to get deeper into the sea you must walk the first metre or two over the sharp pebbles, which makes it quite disturbing. For the same reason walking barefooted along the seashore...

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  • The cruise along Mount Athos

    Since only a limited number of men and no women are allowed to enter Mount Athos, the only chance to catch a glimpse of that unique place is to go on a cruise along its eastern part. The ship must keep the distance of 500 m from the shores, but it's still really interesting to see the buildings, some close to the sea, some on inaccessible rocks....

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  • Who can enter Agion Oros

    Only grown up men (18+) can enter Mount Athos. The procedure to obtain a permit to visit this unique place is quite long, especially for non-orthodox visitors. The number of daily visitors is limited to 100-120 orthodox pilgrims and 10 non-orthodox ones. Non-orthodox visitors must prove that their visit has some valid reason, like doing some...

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  • Another World

    Although Agion Oros has electricity, cars (not many), phones (for emergencies), going there must be like stepping back in time. Visitors enter the world of religious contemplation and mysticism and must comply with the ways of life there. They must remember that they are pilgrims, not tourists. The first sign of their respect should be clothes:...

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  • What the monks guard

    Agion Oros can be called the wealthiest museum of Byzantine art on Earth. Thousands square metres of frescos, 18 thousand icons - some of which are considered miraculous. The monasteries have more gold than many states in their treasuries. But the most precious treasures are the remains of the saints. Each monastery guards some holy limbs, so in...

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  • Past and present

    The first monastery, Megistis Lavras, was probably founded in 963, but it is said that the first monks came here already in the 7th century to lead the lives of hermits. By the beginning of the 12th century there were as many as 40 monasteries with even 1000 monks in each of them. Today there are 20 monasteries - 17 are Greek and the other three...

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  • Myths and legends

    According to mythology Athos was a Giant. During a conflict between Gods and Giants Athos was just about to throw a rock at Poseidon, but it slipped from his hand and fell to the sea forming a piece of land, since then known as Mount Athos.In Christian tradition the Virgin Mary, who headed for Cyprus to visit Lazarus, was forced to stop here...

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  • To the border of Agion Oros

    If you happen to be in Ouranoupolis I would recommend a short walk (about 4 km) to the border of Agion Oros. Of course you can't expect to enter the Republic, but the walk itself, along some fields and gardens on one side and beautiful views of rocky seashore on the other, is a pleasure. The border is obviously guarded, although nobody seems to...

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  • Phosphorion Tower

    The landmark of Ouranoupolis is the Byzantine Tower called Phosphorion. It was built in the 14th century by the monastery of Vatopedi to protect its farms. It must have been a target of many pirate raids.For many years its residents were a Scottish-Australian couple of missionaires: Sydney and Joyce Loch. They devoted much of their lives to help...

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  • Ouranoupolis

    Ouranoupolis is the last village before the border of the monastic republic of Athos. This is the starting point for the cruises along the eastern side of the Athos Peninsula and also the departure point for the lucky ones who have the permit to visit Agion Oros. It was a part of Mount Athos until 1922 when fifty Greek families, refugees from Asia...

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  • Olympiada = Serenity + a bit of history

    More excellent beaches and the ancient city of classic Stagira the birthplace of Aristotle you just can't beat this

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  • Chalkidiki is all about the beaches

    If you love the beach here are some of the best in europe, and apart from at the weekends they are mostly empty. I love the fact you can roll right up to the beach and no-one complains or tries to rip you off for parking like they do on almost every other European country on the Mediterranean.Strange beasts in the trees here, kept me awake all...

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  • Pirgadikia

    A nice little fishing village with not much concession to modern tourism. No packages here, or not in 1991.Some excellent eating places as was obvious by the Greek clientele.There is no beach here but plenty nearby. A small harbour with tavernas alongside for a ringside seat of the fishing boats comings and goings.Made a pleasant change from...

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  • Petralona Caves

    These caves, in the north of Halkidiki, are an enormous underground system accessed by a man-made adit. They are very impressive with lots of drains and sumps leading off the main cavern. Certainly a potholer's paradise.The cave was discovered accidently in 1959 by villagers and in 1960, a human skull was discovered, covered by a stalagmite. It is...

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  • Toroni

    This was a nice lunch stop. A glorious long, sandy beach, with another close by and more little coves. not a lot of development in the early '90's but I guess it was ripe for the holiday packages to move in. Beyond the beach, at the south end are the ruins of an ancient fort and church, closed off and no entry signs when I went to have a look. It...

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  • Siviri

    We really liked Siviri, on the west coast of Kassandra. It was a fishing village with concessions to tourism. There were tavernas on the beach, all open suprisingly and some rooms. The beach was beautiful although it could be spectacularly wild at times. Nice sand.We used to call at the taverna accessed by a road a little north of the village,...

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  • Sarti

    Around Sarti are a series of pretty beaches, mainly with no facilities in 1991. Sarti itself has an enormous beach, some 2 km. long. It is a popular place with many nationalities, reading signs for various establishments.The village spreads itself out along the back of the beach with plenty of accommodation and campsites and many tavernas.When the...

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  • Posidi

    A nice little beach resort with no tourists when we were there. There was a beachside taverna. The second year we visited here there was hardly any beach left owing to the winter storms. In early season this seems to occur a lot.The road continued (motorway standard) and came to a dead end outside a campsite.

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  • Ouranopolis

    This is the last place you can travel to without a permit (males only) to visit Athos.It's an attractive place, if a little scruffy, with a harbour and sheltered beaches. There is the interesting 14th c.Byzantine Phosphori tower, splendidly situated and visible for miles. There are plenty of facilities for those waiting to do the Athos cruise and...

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  • Vourvourou

    This was a strange place spread out along a picturesque lagoon type bay with sand spits and very shallow water. There were an enormous amount of rooms to rent but nobody around. Obviously another one of those Greek getaway resorts which spring to life in high season. There appeared to be only one taverna open which we stopped for a drink at. There...

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  • Beaches Galore....

    With your own transport there are just so many beaches to choose from. The quieter (and we thought nicer) beaches are on Sithonia. We usually found a beach to ourselves, taking a picnic as there were no tavernas on our favourite ones.Some of these beaches have camp sites on and some are popular with the free campers. This was in the days before we...

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  • Athitos

    A nice little village to look round. Work up an appetite on the steep trek up from the two beaches. Some very good tavernas.Well off the main road so unless you stay somewhere backing onto the main road, it's nice and quiet.Athitos is the oldest town on Kassandra. The centre of the village is a conservation area, nice to know building is regulated...

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