Admire the most beautiful beaches in Halkidiki!!
Thessaloniki is ideally located for a range of activities – go climbing on Mount Olympus or play golf at Porto Carras – but you can also chill out at one of the magnificent beaches of Halkidiki – the most popular holiday destination in the Balkans. In less than an hour you have the chance to unveil the glorious legacy of the Kingdom of the Macedons, admiring the findings at the Petralona Cave, or the spiritual view of Mount Athos – a precious gift of the Byzantine culture we are still able to enjoy today.
Admire Mount Athos
It is a mountain and the easternmost peninsula of Halkidiki. Home to 20 Orthodox monasteries, it forms a self-governed monastic state within the Greek Republic. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Athos is famous for its stunning natural beauty and the distinctive Byzantine architecture of the monasteries. Only men may visit Mount Athos in Halkidiki, while women are able to admire its breath-taking vistas from a cruise boat.
Perea, Agia Triada, Asprovalta worth a visit!
While exploring Thessaloniki, do not miss out on its beautiful suburbs. Perea, Neoi Epivates, Epanomi, Nea Michanonia and Agia Triada are ideal places for one-day excursions that have it all-picturesque beaches and traditional tavernas offering delicious local dishes! To the east, on the Strymonian Gulf, 30-40 minutes away from Thessaloniki, you will find Asprovalta, Vrasna and Stavros. The combination of “Blue Flag” beaches, amazing natural environment, lively nightlife and the proximity to the city of Thessaloniki almost compels you to spend your holiday here!
As Constantine P. Cavafy said “Let me stop here.
Let me, too, look at nature awhile.
The brilliant blue of the morning sea,
of the cloudless sky, the yellow shore;
all lovely, all bathed in light”.
There is no place like Halkidiki!
The birthplace of the great ancient philosopher Aristotle – Stagira was his hometown – combines a great history, amazing beaches and lively nightlife. Halkidiki is the most popular resort in Northern Greece, with visitors from all around the world enjoying a place that has it all; magnificent natural scenery, crystal clear waters, tall pines trees, sandy beaches and great variety of exciting entertainment. About an hour away from Thessaloniki, there is a beach for everybody – for those who loves tranquility, for socializing or for water sports. Some of the most famous beaches are Siviri, Fourka, Potidea, Kavourotripes, Nikiti, Agios Ioannis, Hanioti, Vourvourou, Sarti, Pefkochori and Kallithea.
The Petralona Cave
Located in Halkidiki, the Petralona Cave is one of the most important archeological sites worldwide. Human remains dated as being 700.000 years old have been discovered here, as have traces of fire dating from one million years ago. These are considered to be the earliest human findings in Europe. Most of the findings are being exhibited in the Anthropological Museum, situated right next to the Petralona Cave.
Pause a moment. This is the place to embrace tranquility at one of the thermal spas found near the city, such as in the Lagadas region, Sidirokastro area, or the municipality of Apollonia, all less than half an hour away from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a super relaxing experience that will calm and rejuvenate you. This is what you are here for!
The Porto Carras Golf Course is located in Porto Carras Grand Resort, in Halkidiki – less than an hour outside the city of Thessaloniki – and is open all year round. Redesigned in 2003, the course covers 77 hectares and offers an 18 hole, par 72 course with 4 par 5, 4 par 3 and 10 par 4 holes. Ideal for experienced golf lovers, it is also the perfect place to learn this amazing sport for the first time!
Climb mount Olympus
The beauty of wild nature welcomes you at Mount Olympus, less than an hour from Thessaloniki. In mythology, was the home of the 12 Greek Gods, being the highest mountain in Greece. Today, it is one of the most popular destinations for hiking, offering an amazing view at the top!
As Homer in Odyssey wrote “No wind ever shakes the untroubled peace of Olympus”.
Ski is in!
Thessaloniki is near the most popular ski locations in Greece, such as Elatochori in Pieria, 3-5 Pigadia in Naousa, Seli in Imathia and Kaimaktsalan in Edessa. With slopes in perfect condition and various cozy chalets, these four ski resorts will excite all ski fans!