Destination guide

Taking it nice and slow in Halkidiki

Whether it's beaches, mountains or forests that you want, Halkidiki has got it all. Less than 15 miles from the city of Thessaloniki, this mountainous 3-pronged peninsula juts out into the Aegean sea. Visitors flock to the area for its secluded coves, sprawling pine forests and quaint fishing villages, as well as the monastic sites in Mount Athos and nearby Meteora. With an Halkidiki vacation rental, you can enjoy a slower pace to life in 1 of the Mediterranean's most scenic and historic regions.

Things to do

Mountain monks and their monasteries

One of the best sites to visit in Halkidiki is 1 that you can't really, er, visit. The stunning Mount Athos is not only a mountainous peninsula, it's a monastic settlement that has shut itself away from the outside world. However, you can take a boat tour and glimpse its many stunning monasteries, including the impressive Osiou Grigoriou monastery, which juts out into the sea. Another monastic site that you can see up close is the awe-inspiring Meteora, where centuries old monasteries are perched atop spectacular rock formations (the Monastery of the Holy Trinity sits above a 900-feet precipice).

Activities

Beaches, forests, and long lost treasures

A beach lover's delight, Halkidiki is home to a myriad of pristine beaches. In Sithonia you'll find Armenistis, which is among the region's most beautiful and popular beaches. In Sani, the pine forests reach near to the shore, creating a very picturesque backdrop. There's also a diving center in Sani (as there are throughout the region), which organizes interesting trips to reefs, underwater caves, and old shipwrecks, so keep an eye for some long lost treasure. Back on dry land, there are many fun ways to explore Halkdiki, including cycling, horse riding and, for the braver ones among you, paragliding.

Weather

Sun, sea, sand, and al fresco dining in Halkidiki

If there's 1 thing you can probably do without in Halkidiki, it's a winter coat. You can expect mild winters and warm summers that makes al fresco dining all that more appealing. August is a particular pleasant time to visit with sea temperatures in excess of 70 degrees. Even in late fall, temperatures reach into the low 70s, so you can still enjoy a great beach holiday. Like much of Greece, Halikidiki is busy with tourists in the summer months, so you'll find that Halkidiki vacation rentals are a bit cheaper come spring and fall.

Natural features

Knowing your stalactites form your stalagmites

Halkdiki is a large pensinula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with 3 fingers. The region is generally mountainous and lush, especially in its center, where Holomontas (Halkidiki's highest peak) reaches 3,800 feet above sea level. It's rugged coastline means you'll find that many of its beaches are nestled amid rocky coves. You'll also discover its many caves, the most impressive of which is the Cave of Petralona. Only discovered in 1959, Petralona has spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, plus the remains of a human that are believed to be over 350,000 years old.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Halkidiki

Fly into Thessaloniki (SKG-Macedonia), the closest airport, located 38.4 mi (61.8 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Chalcidice?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,184 vacation rentals near Chalcidice. From 444 Houses to 390 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chalcidice for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Chalcidice?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chalcidice:

  • Thessaloniki City Centre: 201 vacation rentals
  • Charilaou: 15 vacation rentals
  • Ano Poli: 157 vacation rentals
  • Vardaris: 75 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 156 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chalcidice?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chalcidice. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kalithea Beach: 915 vacation rentals
  • Nikiti Beach: 729 vacation rentals
  • Lagomandra Beach: 708 vacation rentals
  • Kalogria Beach: 735 vacation rentals
  • Pefkochori Pier: 842 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chalcidice listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Chalcidice?

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  • Villas: 390 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 277 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chalcidice?

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