• The western peninsula, Kassandra, boasts vast sandy beaches (Poseidi, Siviri, Sani, etc) and green slopes. In Kassandra one can visit Petralona, the cave of the “Archanthorpos” and picturesque traditional villages where the traditional Macedonian architecture is still evident
• The peninsula of Sithonia is of similar natural beauty as Kassandra. One can enjoy its vast beaches, such as Gerakini, Vatopedi, Porto Carras and traditional villages, such as Agios Nikolaos, Parthenonas, Pyrgadikia, etc
• It’s worth taking a trip from Ouranoupolis to Arnaia. In Arnaia, there are impressive manors and public buildings. Visit the fir forest of Taxiarchis and Aristoteles’ hometown of Stageira
• In the monastic polity of Mount Athos there are 20 monasteries, numerous sketes and recluses’ cells, in an almost untouched natural environment. The visitor will come across unique treasures and relics. The hospitality of the monks is notable
• Handicraft and local products’ fairs; in July, the “Sokrateia” festival in Arnaia.
Perfecture of CHALKIDIKI
Region of Central Macedonia Capital town: Polygyros Area: Population:
Halkidiki is the most touristic Prefecture in Macedonia and the main tourist destination of the residents of Thessaloniki. In the Prefecture there are amazing beaches, especially in the peninsulas of Kassandra and Sithonia. The monastic polity of Agio Oros (Mount Athos) is located on the third peninsula.
Its capital, Polygyros, is built in amphitheatrical form on the foot of Mount Holomontas. The towns of Arnaia and Galatista have preserved their traditional style. In the peninsula of Kassandra, at the village of Petralona the archaeologists have found a cave and a 200.000 year-old human skull.
In both peninsulas, one can visit picturesque villages with numerous sandy beaches; in Kassandra: Nea Potidaia, Afytos, Poseidi, Siviri; in Sithonia: Gerakini, Ormylia, Metamorfosis, Nikiti, Neos Marmaras and Porto Koufo.
Halkidiki is a historic location; interpretations of its creation are recorded in the ancient Greek mythology. In the Cave of Petralona, the 200.000 year-old “Archanthorpos” and organised settlements, built 4.000 years ago, have been exca
During the 8th century BC, a large immigrant flow from Chalkida settled in the area. In 348 BC, Halkidiki was integrated in Macedonia of Philip, while since the 1st century AD there had been continuous invasions. The monastic polity of Mount Athos was developed after the 9th century AD.
• Prefecture of Halkidiki – Department of Tourism: 2371039308