Possibly one of the most picturesque locations in mainland Greece, the peninsulas of Halkidiki offer everything you’d expect and more for travellers seeking sun, sea and unforgettable experiences.
Whether you’re visiting for relaxation, adventure, or simply to enjoy an undiluted taste of Greek culture, there is a wealth of things to do in Halkidiki. Set across three peninsulas, each with its own distinct charm and character, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Halkidiki. Spend your mornings stretched out on the sun-kissed beaches of Sithonia, your afternoons exploring the historic monuments of Mount Athos, and your nights dancing ‘til sunrise in the thrilling beach bars of Kassandra. Whether holidaying in Greece with your family, your partner, or just going solo - no experience in mainland Greece is complete without a visit to the idyllic, sunlit shores of Halkidiki.
Things to Do in Halkidiki, Greece
Explore the beaches
When asking the question ‘what to do in Halkidiki’, the gorgeous beaches of the peninsulas certainly do not disappoint, offering something for everyone. Stretch back and simply let the hours melt away at the little-known pearl of Ouranoupoli Beach, wonder at the magnificent views of Mount Athos from the stunningly beautiful Sarti Beach, or take part in the exhilarating water sports at the sun-kissed Nikiti Beach. However you enjoy the sand, sea, or surf of Halkidiki, you can rest assured that there’ll be something perfect just for you.
Considered one of the holiest sites in the Orthodox Christian world, the peninsula of Mount Athos is perhaps the most important cultural and religious landmark in the region. Referred to as the “Holy Mountain”, it’s a must-see location for those interested in stunning Orthodox architecture and artwork, only improved further by the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding area. Trips to the area are considerably restricted; women are currently prohibited from visiting and there's a strict behavioural code in place. However, for those interested in the rich history of the region, it’s one of the most fascinating things to do in Halkidiki.
Hiking on the Aristotelian Trail
Offering travellers the opportunity to walk in the very footsteps of history, the Aristotelian Trail stretches 50 kilometres from the famous philosopher Aristotle’s home city of Stagira to Olympiada, the village where he passed on his teachings. Take in the stunning natural beauty and rich culture of the Halkidiki peninsula as you wander through some of the most important archaeological sites in the region. Explore the ancient cities of Olynthos and Stageria as you learn about one of history’s most influential philosophers at The Aristotle Park - this trail is a treat for the mind and the senses alike.
Thermal Spa Agia Paraskevi
For those looking for total mind and body rejuvenation, visiting the Thermal Spa of Agia Paraskevi is one of the most refreshing things to do in Halkidiki. The spa is renowned for its mineral-rich thermal water, said to contain healing properties, allowing travellers to rest their weary bones and let their worries melt away. With swimming pools, saunas, and a range of physiotherapy treatments on offer, steeped in a magnificent cliffside location, there are few finer places to relax in Halkidiki.
Widely considered Greece’s cultural capital, the city of Thessaloniki is celebrated across the Mediterranean for its vibrant, exciting array of festivals, events, and social hubs. Bursting with youthful energy, the streets and alleyways of the country’s second-largest city are alive with the smells, sounds, and sights the area is famed for. Only an hour's drive from Halkidiki, a visit to the city of Thessaloniki is a must for travellers looking for a taste of the original and authentic vibe that Greece has to offer.
Dividing the Kassandra peninsula from mainland Halkidiki while connecting the Thermaic Gulf to the Aegean Sea, the historic Potidea Canal is a hub for travellers with its wealth of natural beauty and range of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Stroll along the sunlit banks of the canal, sample some of the very best food and drink in the whole region, and breathe in the salty sea air as local merchant ships glide down the canal’s crystal-clear azure waters. Particularly beautiful during sunset, spending an evening by the effortlessly charming Potidea Canal is one of our favourite things to do in Halkidiki, Greece.
Thanks to its warm waters, stunning coastline, and huge variety of marine life, the three peninsulas of Halkidiki each present their own exciting water sports and activities. Whether you want to take advantage of the strong winds at Nikiti Beach for exhilarating windsurfing sessions, plunge into uncharted marine worlds while snorkelling in Ouranoupoli, or explore the caves and coastlines of the region by kayaking around the shores of Kassanda, there’s an experience for everyone. Perfect for those travelling to Greece with teens, the large selection of watersports on offer in Halkidiki makes the location ideal for those looking to add some excitement to their Greek holiday.
The pleasant, sunny climate of Halkidiki, paired with its range of natural habitats, makes the peninsula a beacon for many species of exotic birds. Attracting hundreds of uniquely beautiful species all year round, the area is an ideal place for bird watching. Locations such as the gorgeous Lake Koronia, Lake Ismarida, or Lake Kerkini are home to cormorants, pelicans, eagles and herons to name just a few of the fantastic variety of species. Perfect for enthusiasts and rookies alike, spending a long afternoon birdwatching at these idyllic locations is one of the most tranquil, fulfilling things to do in Halkidiki.
European Travel Specialist Hugo Snell explains what makes Halkidiki one of the top family holiday destinations in Greece:
"Halkidiki is perfect for families to visit in the summer holidays. There are amazing 5-star hotels with beautiful beaches, great water sports, and lovely dining options. For families wanting to explore some local culture, then Mount Athos and the many monasteries are on your doorstep."
Travelling with Family?
Halkidiki’s Eagles Resort plays host to one of our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers’ kids clubs. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of “me-time” and family adventure, then look no further.
Top Tours of Greece
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Where to Stay In Halkidiki
With such a large range of options to choose from, you may be wondering where to stay in Halkidiki. Our Scott Dunn travel experts have provided their recommendations for the very finest accommodation options, so you can enjoy your time in Halkidiki in unrivalled luxury as soon as you arrive.
On its own sandy beach on the unspoilt Aegean coast, Eagles Palace is an intimate and charming hotel with traditional Greek hospitality and delicious food to match. The calm shallow waters make it ideal for families, along with its own watersports centre.
Located above the popular family friendly beach hotel, Eagles Palace, Eagles Villas is a collection of luxury sea view villas, with private pools. Ideal for families, with a gently sloping sandy beach, delicious food and a watersports centre.
Porto Sani forms part of the renowned Sani Resort on the Halkidiki coast in Greece. Set just behind the marina with its host of restaurants and resort facilities, it offers excellent villa style, family-friendly accommodation and a children's club.
Located in Halkidiki, Greece, the boutique Sani Asterias forms part of renowned Sani Resort. This intimate hotel has stylish accommodation, beach front location and together with its proximity to the marina, a variety of sumptuous dining options.
Sani Resort is one of Greece's most established family friendly destinations. Located in Halkidiki, Sani Beach is the original, main hotel located at the far end of a beautiful white sandy beach. It's ideal for families wanting a busier resort atmosphere.
Plunge into a tranquil oasis on the azure shore of Halkidiki, the perfect location for couples and families to relax in the sun. You will be treated to the opulent Ikos all-inclusive experience with exquisite cuisine and first-class facilities.
Danai Beach Resort & Villas
Offering secluded idyllic luxury, Danai Beach Resort overlooks pine fringed shores, white sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. The elegant rooms, suites and villas at Danai Beach Resort offer spacious accommodation with spectacular views.
Located in Halkidiki, Sani Club forms part of Sani Resort, one of Greece's favourite family friendly destinations. This low-rise hotel, enjoys beautiful, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters together with excellent resort facilities.
Sani Dunes is the newest luxury addition to the established Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece. With its beautiful setting, modern architecture and private beach location, it's perfect for couples and older children over 12 years of age.
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