Halkidiki is a region in northern Greece known for its stunning jutting peninsulas, which feature Mediterranean forests that give way to sandy beaches in sheltered bays. Quintessentially Greek in the aesthetics of its dramatic landscape Halkidiki is located to the southeast of Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city) where you’ll discover the peninsula to be a stunning region that boasts golden beaches, traditional villages, with small islands and sheltered bays. Tourist facilities have been created that are in keeping with the natural surroundings. Most of the hotels and private homes in the area are built in the traditional Macedonian style, designed to enhance rather than detract from the environment. For those who want to get away from the beach there is some fascinating parts of Halkidiki worth exploring. From the UNESCO World Heritage monastic site of Mount Athos, plus numerous archaeological and historical sites such as Stagira, birthplace of Aristotle.