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. 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.
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.
There are certainly enough activities in Halkidiki to please anyone. Whether it's taking boat trips, fishing, learning about the historical sites or taking part in water sports, there will definitely be something to suit everybody's needs. The region is one of the most popular places in Europe among divers, and many of the water sports centres offer PADI courses for visitors that would like to gain certified qualifications. 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.