Dangling into the northern Aegean like a cows udder, Halkidikí has three peninsulas. Two of them Kassándra and Sithonía have some of the best sandy beaches in Greece and a good choice of resorts to go with them, while the third Athos is an autonomous republic ruled by monks. You have to be male and obtain special permission to visit this hallowed ground, although boat trips from Ouranoúpoli offer views of holy Mount Athos and the monasteries that lie beneath it. Be sure to tear yourself away from the beach for at least a day or two in order to explore the northern part of Halkidikí. Here you’ll find the prehistoric troglodyte dwelling of Petrálona Caves and the birdwatching haven of Lake Korónia. Further afield, there are Macedonian treasures to peruse in the Thessaloníki Archaeological Museum and walking trails to pound on the slopes of Mount Olympus.

This is edited copy from Europe with Kids by William Gray.


This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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