Halkidiki Travel Guide
Halkidiki Local History
To the East of Thessalonica in Northern Greece lies Halkidiki, recognizable for its 3 peninsulas jutting out to sea. Until recently a windswept lonely area dotted with monasteries and medieval ruins, it's now been 'Discovered', but one can still find solitude in this huge area.
Mount Athos One of the many sights in Greece where Mythology and Christianity seem to intertwine. Named after the giant buried here by Poseidon, and said to be a stopping off place for the virgin Mary on her way to Cyprus to visit Lazarus.Possible to visit the monastery on the top, but only if you are a man and obtain a permit. Hike or take the road.
Philippi North of Kavala and accessible by bus. The former city that the early missionaries Paul and Silas came to preach the Gospel. Not much left of the once great centre, but of much interest to Biblical scholars.
Castro The well preserved castle of Kavala originating from the 5th century BC, before it fell into the hands of the Byzantines and then The Ottomans. The amphitheatre sometimes hosts concerts. Spectacular views of the town and island of Thassos in the south.
Kiani akti in Nea Kallikratia It's a beautiful sandy beach. The water is crystal clear and suitable for children. Umbrellas on the beach or bring your own. Just steps to restaurants, cafeterias and shops.
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Nikiti A wonderful place to spend your summer holidays. It is about 2 kilometers from Metamorfosi. Great clean beaches, a variety of plants and trees and exciting nightlife.
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Marmaras A great place to spend your summer holidays. You can visit the famous Porto Carras or just enjoy yourself in traditional restaurants
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Neos Marmaras On the western part of Sithonia lies this gorgeous stretch of sand, a bit crowded, but with plenty of facilities for the family.
Kalamitsi Just outside the village you will find this very quiet clothes optional beach. No facilities on the beach, but its possible to camp there. Beautiful crystal clear water.
Afitos There are 2 beaches at this small resort, backed by spectacular cliffs and plenty of large rocks on the beaches make this a safe paradise for youngsters to explore. The village taverna makes a perfect spot for a sundowner.
Halkidiki Restaurants and Bars
Restaurant Pyrgos If you are looking for a decent meal before dining with the monks on Athos, you could do no better than this popular taverna on the waterfront. Friendly service and homely Greek fare.
Cafe-Restaurant Imaret Poulidou 32, overlooking the town is Kavalas most famous dining experience. This former bible college has been wonderfully converted to an atmospheric restaurant. Good local seafood is served.
Dionysos On the waterfront in Neos Marmora's is the setting for Dionysos, a warm and friendly taverna with a menu chock full of delicious seafood specialties its the perfect place for a cozy romantic dinner.
Halkidiki Bars & Clubs
Pluton Situated on the waterfront in the tourist Mecca of Neos Marmaras, Pluton is the club to be seen at, this outdoor split-level venue rocks till early morning. Dance to the coolest sounds under a starlit sky.
Zorbas Beach Bar Go to Sikia for the beautiful views of the beach by the village of Pigadaki, Monday nights are put aside for traditional Greek dancing and on Thursdays live Greek music.
Mamba Village African Club And now for something completely different, head to the tip of Sithonia 2km from Porto Koufo and only open in the summer. African decor and excellent DJs playing diverse sounds make this a heady mix.
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