Halkidiki is a trident-like peninsula in northeastern Greece. It is connected to the mainland of Greece on three points. Three “fingers” extend into the Aegean Sea. They are Kassandra in the west, Sithonia in the middle and Athos in the east. Haldikidi is mountainous and green and there are many blue flag sandy beaches.
Mount Athos – commonly known as the Holy Mountain – is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world. Even though women are not allowed inside Mount Athos, all visitors can admire the magnificent monasteries by cruising along the west coast of Athos peninsula. Daily Boat Cruises, depart from Ouranoupoli (East Coast) and Ormos Panagias (Sithonia).
The Sithonia Peninsula attracts mainly nature lovers and campers. It is a popular holiday destination for both Greeks and foreign tourists. Along Sithonia coastline you will find traditional seafront guesthouses, marinas; and archaeological sites such as Ancient Olynthos and Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle.
The cosmopolitan Kassandra is well-equipped for tourists, with large hotels built to the highest standards, many beautiful beaches, spa thermal baths and scenic fishing villages. In a cave in Petralona on the Kassandra peninsula a skeleton has been unearthed that is among the oldest hominids from one of the ice ages.