Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is the most popular holiday destination in northern Greece. Halkidiki has long been famed for its cosmopolitan seaside resorts, beautiful natural landscape, and exotic beaches. Halkidiki is a peninsula, which is divided into three smaller peninsulas, the so-called legs.
The first leg is named Kassandra and is full of popular tourist resorts, luxurious Halkidiki hotels, and organized beaches. The second leg is named Sithonia and is less organized and full of secluded coves. The third leg is named Athos and is a close monastic community, where the entrance is allowed only to men with special permission.
If you are in a mood of a little tour or excursion, your best bet is to hop on a boat from Ouranoupolis and tour around Mount Athos, a picturesque region with amazing beaches and impressive Byzantine monasteries.
Halkidiki peninsula is divided into three smaller peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. The first is the busiest one, the second is more secluded and popular for camping, while the third hosts a close monastic community that can only be accessed by men with special permission.
If you manage to peel yourself away from the stunning Halkidiki beaches, you should go sightseeing! A drive around Chalkidiki will get you to impressive sites such as the Cave of Petralona, Byzantine towers, ancient monuments, and beautiful monasteries.
If you’re feeling up to it, you should do a boat tour from Ouranoupolis to Mount Athos. Since the entrance to the Athos peninsula is not allowed, the boat sails along the coastline, giving passengers the chance to marvel at the beautiful monasteries from the sea.