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Chalkidiki (Kassandra): what to do and what to eat in the magical peninsula

Chalkidiki ● 30 September 2017

Verdant nature, stunning beaches with emerald waters, high-standard international and local cuisine, luxury Greek hotels and all-inclusive hotels in Chalkidiki. This is the magical peninsula in northern Greece that waits to be discovered. The prefecture of Chalkidiki in a close distance to Thessaloniki, is a very popular summer destination, and attracts visitors from many countries. It consists of three peninsulas, Chalkidiki,Sithonia, Kassandra and Mount Athos.

In Kassandra, you can have a cultural experience that will impress you with the combination of the ancient and medieval civilisation that creates a multicultural perspective. Don't miss the Byzantine Tower at Nea Fokea Chalkidiki, the ancient Temple of Ammon Zeus in Kallithea and the Temple of Poseidon in Posidi.

Very beautiful are also the seaside and mountainous villages of Kassandra in Chalkidiki. The traditional village of Afitos Chalkidiki as well as Nea Fokea Chalkidiki are wonderful places where you can relax, eat and wander around their well-preserved paved streets. The thermal springs at Agia Paraskevi are worth visiting and will offer you an unforgettable experience of natural spa in a stunning landscape.

Most beaches in Kassandra are organised and have many touristic facilities, beach bars, taverns, cafés and seaside hotels in Chalkidiki. The beaches of Afitos Chalkidiki, Paliouri, which is comprised by three exotic beaches, Chrouso, Xenia, Alonaki, Kryopigi, which has impressive white sand and turquoise waters, the popular Siviri, Kallithea, Hanioti and Pefkochori with their numerous beach bars full of young people are highly recommended to swim, sunbathe and spend your day by the sea. Glarokavos is near a small cape and offers a magnificent sunset, while Megali Kypsa features a Roman archaeological site in a quiet place.

Poseidi Beach

In Chalkidiki, in addition to an exceptional swimming experience, you will also explore a gastronomic paradise. Trizoni in Kryopigi serves fresh fish caught by local fishermen in a very creative menu, while the award-winning tavern Anthoula also in Kryopigi offers a Greek menu with international touches at a picturesque square. Sea of Tastes in Paliouri has perfectly executed creative cuisine and mainly seafood. Marina in Potidea has as specialty lobster spaghetti and ranks as one of Greece's leading fish and seafood restaurants. Sousourada in Afitos Chalkidiki focuses on a rustic version of Greek cuisine with dishes, such as chickpeas in lemon sauce with pomegranate, while the café-bistro Massalia has compiled an interesting menu, which covers the entire Mediterranean, from France and Italy to Turkey.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Aeollos
Hotel Aeollos
Pefkohori, 63085 Chalkidiki, Greece

Hotel Aeollos is located in popular Pefkohori village, just 50 m from the long, sandy beach. The lively resort of Polichrono is 8 km away from Pefkohori. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 95 km, while the center of Thessaloniki is at 105 km.

Hotel & Appartment in Chalkidiki, Greece Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Afitos, 63077 Chalkidiki, Greece

Lagaria Hotel & Apartments is located in a traditional village of Afitos within a 10-minute walk from the beach. Thessaloniki Airport is a 50-minute drive away and the lively center of Thessaloniki is at 87 km.