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Halkidikí is a three-pronged peninsula that juts south and east of Greece’s second city, Thessaloníki. The two prongs closest to the city, Kassándra and Sithonía, are busy holiday resort areas, while the third could hardly be more different. This is Mount Áthos, the so-called Monks’ Republic, a semi-autonomous region covered with forests and monasteries, where no women are allowed and men must obtain a permit before being allowed to stay. Excursion boats take visitors around Mount Áthos, giving a tantalizing glimpse of this secretive but beautiful place, with monasteries clinging to the cliff-tops or peering out of the woods. Most people ...

Halkidikí is a three-pronged peninsula that juts south and east of Greece’s second city, Thessaloníki. The two prongs closest to the city, Kassándra and Sithonía, are busy holiday resort areas, while the third could hardly be more different. This is Mount Áthos, the so-called Monks’ Republic, a semi-autonomous region covered with forests and monasteries, where no women are allowed and men must obtain a permit before being allowed to stay. Excursion boats take visitors around Mount Áthos, giving a tantalizing glimpse of this secretive but beautiful place, with monasteries clinging to the cliff-tops or peering out of the woods. Most people prefer the more hedonistic pleasures of the first two peninsulas, which contain a series of beach resorts (large and small), luxury hotels, with their own forests inland and even fjords, though nothing as dramatic as the scenery of Mount Áthos. There’s a whole other part of Halkidikí too – the area north of the three peninsulas is less visited but includes such features as the cave at Petrálona, where a Neanderthal skull was found, the oldest known human remains ever discovered in Greece.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Halkidiki, also Chalkidiki, Chalcidice or Chalkidike is a peninsula in northern Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Halkidiki | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    In summer you need to have booked accommodations way ahead: spring and fall are the best seasons.