Halkidiki, is a peninsula in northern Greece and on of the regional units of Greece, part of the region of Central Macedonia. Chalkidiki consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three “fingers” though Greeks refer to them as “legs”; Kassandra (former Pallene), Sithonia and Agion Oros. Only an hour away from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest town, Chalkidiki is one of the most popular summer destinations and the ideal place to relax.
While the Agion Oros “leg” is an isolated monastery community where only men are allowed to enter it, the other two are very popular as many tourists prefer them for their sandy beaches and the clean waters, the traditional villages and their night lives which vary; from quiet coffee places to all night parties at beach bars.
Except from the beauty of nature, Halkidiki has also many sites like the Cave of Petralona where a 700.000-year old human skull where found in 1960, and also the ancient site of Olynthus. One-day excursions can be organised to the city of Thessaloniki but also to Ouranoupolis, where a small boat to Agion Oros can get you there.