Halkidiki Travel Guide
Situated to the south east of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki consists of virtually three parallel peninsulas Kassandra, Sithonia and Mt Athos. The prefecture is an idyllic combination of golden beaches, picturesque gulfs, small islands, sheltered bays and pine-covered hills. Fortunately Halkidiki has made a determined effort to develop its tourist industry in keeping with its natural beauty, by designing most of the new buildings – hotels, apartments, villas etc – in traditional Macedonian style, which compliments rather than detracts from the environment. Kasandra is the most popular of the peninsulas, hence the plethora of restaurants, Greek taverns, discos bars, entertainment and sports complexes. Despite the development it is still quite easy to find secluded hideaways. Sithonia with its coastline is a succession of fishing villages and deserted beaches, has an exciting rugged landscape and appeals more to nature lovers and sporting types – golf, tennis, watersports, horseback riding etc. Mt Athos is by far the most beautiful and spectacular peninsula and is inhabited by semi autonomous monks from 20 monasteries. Women are forbidden to enter the region and men can only enter by special arrangement, but cruises around the coastline are available. With its magnificent natural beauty, tourist friendly attitude and over 300 days of sunshine per year it is no wonder that Halkidiki is fast becoming one of the top tourist magnets in Europe.
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