Things to do in Halkidiki

Swim beneath the pine trees in turquoise waters
Pine trees that reach right up to the water’s edge, white sand, beautiful bays, crystal-clear water, hidden coves. Halkidiki’s beaches are so great in number that you can’t possibly count them all, but take out a map and have a go all the same: Kavourotripes, Mikro (small) and Megalo (large) Karidi, Kalogria, Kriopigi, Agios Mamas, Sani…You better not have given up. You’ve only just started.

Indulge in five-star luxury and a wealth of experiences
Halkidiki tempts you to live a life of luxury at any one of its many beach resorts. High-end service and a plethora of unique experiences await, from soothing spa treatments to fine dining and discovering fantastic new wines and wine routes.

Discover Petralona Cave and the 700,000-year-old man
Prepare to be awe-struck by this masterpiece, sculpted over eons by nature’s own hand. With stalactites that sparkle in the dark and ‘dwarf stalagmites’, it’s one of the most stunning caves in Europe. It also tells a very old story: Here, hidden among the stalagmites, the 700,000-year-old skull of an early human (Archanthrapus) was discovered. Aged 30-35 years, he was considered elderly for that time.

Admire the advanced city planning of Ancient Olynthos
An object lesson in how to construct a city from scratch, here at this archaeological site you’ll see how the famous Hippodamian grid plan (considered the foundation for modern town planning) was organised. Houses, avenues and communal areas have all been excavated at the site, which also commands panoramic views of its surrounds.

Drop anchor in Porto Koufos and listen into ancient Greece
What lies behind the cliffs to the south of Sithonia? A secret harbour through an opening just 300m wide. This is the ancient port of Toronaios, mentioned by Thucydides as the largest and most secure port in Ancient Greece. Halkidiki’s ancient port was nicknamed the “deaf port” because you cannot hear the sea if you stand inside the bay.

Travel to Aristotle’s hometown and test his theories
Macedonia is the birthplace of one of the great Greek philosophers. So it’s only right that you walk in his footsteps. Near the village of Olympiada is Ancient Stagira, Aristotle’s birthplace. In the village, you’ll find the Alsos of Aristotle, a park with a compass, pendulum and prism – instruments vital to the work of the mind he conducted here.