In the east of Greece, just south of Thessaloniki, the beautiful Halkidiki peninsula extends. Its three headlands, Kassandra, Sithonia and Mt. Athos, protrude like elongated fingers into the blue Aegean Sea and, in addition to dense, green forests and mystical monastery mountains, are also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
Halkidiki is an extremely popular holiday destination among Greeks, but foreign tourists (and camping enthusiasts) often ignore the region. Wrongly, because this region has so much to offer!
Kassandra, in the far west, is the busiest and most touristically developed of the three Halkidiki peninsulas. The Thessalonians’ hideaway is a very popular holiday and party destination, especially during the summer months. Then the beaches and hotels are filled to the brim and the coastal roads are often congested.
In the winter months (October – March), however, Kassandra also falls into a deep sleep. Then you have the beaches practically to yourself – the perfect travel time for a road and camping trip!
Our favorites: the white, elongated sandbar at Poseidi Cape, the wonderful Glarokavos Beach in the southeast of the peninsula and the beautiful Epanomi Beach with its elongated headland.
The “middle finger” of the three Hhalkidiki peninsulas, the breathtakingly beautiful Sithonia Peninsula, impresses with its natural, densely forested interior, its paradisiacal beaches (which are among the most beautiful in Greece) and great views of Mt. Athos.
Sithonia is much less touristy than its neighboring peninsula Kassandra. Especially travelers and camping enthusiasts looking for peace and nature will feel at home here.
Highlights on Sithonia include the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Karydi, Vouvourou and Kavourotripes, the difficult to access but breathtakingly beautiful Cape Sithonia and the beaches in the west of the peninsula (Azapiko, Tistinika Beach).
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The easternmost of the three Halkidiki peninsulas, Athos, is a legendary, completely undeveloped area. A blank spot on the map… maybe even one of the last on earth.
The peninsula is accessible to everyone all the way down to Ouranoupoli, but just south of the city begins the area of the “monastic republic” of Mt. Athos, to which very few people have access.
Monks have lived here in absolute seclusion for a thousand years and they know how to keep their secret: to this day, no women are allowed to enter the area and only a few (male) strangers are allowed to enter their land. Hunting and any form of industry are also prohibited on the peninsula.
Around 20 monasteries stretch along the peninsula, which is flanked at its southernmost tip by the mighty, often snow-capped holy Mount Athos (2,033m). Male pilgrims wishing to visit the Athos Peninsula must register months in advance. Around 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox men receive a permit every day. Men and women who couldn’t get a ticket can take a boat tour from Ouranoupoli and marvel at the Athos Peninsula at least from the water – of course, always keeping the mandatory 500m distance.
Are you in the mood for more? Greece is so diverse and beautiful! Discover the breathtaking and unique monasteries of Meteora – one of the most beautiful sights of Greece! Or what about exploring some hidden, lonely bays on Evia Island?
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