The Halkidiki Peninsula drapes three long fingers into the Aegean, all lushly forested and lined with white sandy coves. Kassandra is the peninsula with the lively infrastructure, it's not busy, but this is where you'll find the most glamorous resorts and the villages with the best restaurants and bars, and many of the best places to stay in Halkidiki. Sithonia has the most beautiful of the white, sandy beaches, and the best camping, and Athos is famed for the ancient Mount Athos monastic community.
It still gets busy in the summer though. It's popular with Greeks too, so book ahead - even if you're planning to stay in one of Sithonia's many campsites, or a self catering apartment or villa (you'll find a range of these with our online partner, Booking.com).
Despite Halkidiki's proximity, and comparable beauty, to the Greek islands, this coastline region is relatively quiet in terms of visitor numbers. Up until the last few decades it's been best known by pilgrims and those searching for historic treasures, so its development has been restrained and it feels largely unspoiled.
Halkidiki is a great springtime destination, with water temperatures in the high teens and air temperatures around 20 degrees. And the countryside is lush, green and covered in wildflowers. It's also nice in September.
Most of Halkidiki's beach resorts are on the east coast of Kassandra, with Sani being the largest centre, with the best nightlife, and Skala Fourkas a close second.
As well as the most beautiful beaches, sleepy Sithonia also has the oldest mosaics ever found in Greece, in the excavation of Olynthos. Sithonia also has some lovely old villages.
Halkidiki's rugged interior is also a fascinating landscape to explore if you like walking or hiking.
There's plenty to do here besides relaxing with the views:
Our pick of the best places to stay in Halkidiki offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for a budget guesthouse, family friendly resort or romantic luxury hideaway.
Attractively designed oasis of calm in a uniquely unspoilt village, with excellent dining facilities. Apartment style rooms are situated around the pool, and lavish style gardens. The Beaches are close by, with Halkidiki's many beach bars a short drive form the hotel.
A traditional and beautifully restored traditional inn in the hinterland of undiscovered Halkidiki of rich farmland and wooded hills - good base for local exploring, full of character.
Pretty resort hotel with designer rooms on a lovely sandy beach. Good restaurant, lots of activities, ideal for families. A popular haven.
Marvellous blend of simplicity and sophistication - small collection of pretty bungalow rooms and apartments with a pebbly beach, good food and a pool.
A 'has it all' resort with lovely gardens reaching down to the shore. The rooms are immaculate with crisp linen and large glass windows lead to great garden or sea views. Boundless activities are on offer for children and adults alike. An ideal destination for a family holiday.
Full-service resort with its own beach, an abundance of activities and excellent seaside restaurants. Contemporary and luxurious rooms stay in keeping with traditional Greek colours, and provide lots of space. Suites and villas with private pools are also available for that added luxury.
Romantic, pampered, barefoot elegance in this luxurious hideaway, with private pools and a sandy beach. Excellent food. Ideal for a honeymoon or romantic break.