Pine trees, secluded villages, crystal waters, unspoiled beaches, Byzantine monasteries. Halkidiki is a great destination to enjoy picturesque landscapes and experience authentic Greek culture by exploring the tiny villages of the peninsula. Follow our insider guide to Halkidiki villages.
Paleochori village for the Countryside
The surrounding land is characterized by sprawling olive groves and residents also cultivate some of the most delicious honey in the world. Try both by making a stop at Metaggitsi Olive & Honey farm, where some of the best oil in the country is produced.
Pick up some rich green olives, which locals love to enjoy at breakfast, served on bread with tomato, garlic, goat cheese and sea fennel.
Then continue on to Megali Panagia, a larger mountain village with a river running through it. Take a leisurely stroll through town, making sure to cross over the 1,000-year old bridge arching majestically over the water. Breakfast on a traditional Greek cheese pie and pick up some typical sweets in the Xonokis patisserie before heading onto the next village.
Spend the afternoon in Paleochori, where the beach features bubbling springs and is framed by rocks in a bright red hue. This ancient village is home to the Byzantine-era Neposi Castle, which is a must-visit.
Take a walk in the early evening along one of the trails that lead through the wild nature surrounding the town, such as the road heading back to Megali Panagia, along which you’ll find the beautiful St. Athanasius of Athonite monastery and temple, with its peaceful courtyard.
Pyrgadikia, the fishing village
Another day, head to Pyrgadikia, a picturesque fishing village surrounded by isolated and secluded beaches. which is located at the top of the Sithonia peninsula and surrounded by a variety of isolated and secluded beaches.
Spend a day at Salonikiou beach, a quiet stretch of sand with shallow water. There you’ll find the idyllic Sirocco beach bar where you can sprawl in a shady spot, listen to the waves and sip a cold coffee or a glass of wine. If you feel like a more active day and feel like sailing, then rent a small boat and cruise yourself to the blue lagoon (you don’t need a sailing permit there).
In the late afternoon, head back to Pyrgadikia, and take a wander around this picturesque fishing village as the sun starts to set. The small, sandy beach is lined with cafés and restaurants and you can have dinner at Aigialos, a waterfront tavern with a quirky interior and feast on the freshest fish and seafood caught that very morning, such as mussels with lemon or fried calamari. Alternatively, for mezze-style dining, check out Kouros, which is located just behind the beach and offers delicious options for vegetarians and vegans. A favourite spot for locals and tourists alike, they often host live bands!
How to get to Halkidiki?
There is no airport in Halkidiki. Fly to the International Airport of Thessaloniki then you can easily take a rental car or a taxi to the peninsula.