One of the most beautiful parts of northern Greece is the peninsula of Halkidiki, washed by the Aegean Sea. Its pristine blue flag beaches are suitable for active young people, families with children and lovers of privacy. Halkidiki is divided into 3 regions, Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos, but only the first two are suitable for resorts. The latter is a holy place of the Greek Church.

The beach season in Halkidiki lasts from June till early October. The Mediterranean climate is mild and the summers are mild (23-31) and the rainfall is moderate. The beaches in Halkidiki are sandy and sandy-pebbly. Young people prefer to visit Kassandra, where the trendiest bars and most colorful festivals are held. Sithonia is a quieter peninsula with small villages and pine forests for families.

Kalamitsi

This beautiful beach is located in a deep bay, so the water is always warm and calm. The sand is light and fine, without any rubbish. The area is rocky with sparse shrubs.

Features:

The sea is ideal for swimming with children: clean, clear, with a gentle entrance.

There are stretches of deep water for divers.

Over the hills in the northern part there is a nudist area.

The southern part belongs to the Kalamitsi campsite. You have to pay a fee of 7 Euros to enter the beach. The central part is the main beach of the town. It's free, so you can lie on your own towel or buy a sunbed and umbrella (from 2,5 Euros for an hour or 15 for a day).

The infrastructure is poorly developed, but despite this there are always a lot of people here. Beach entertainment is scarce: no volleyball nets, few sunbeds and umbrellas. Only taverns and bars are in abundance. You can visit a diving center or rent a catamaran. Tourists are settled in a campsite or apartment nearby. You can park your car on the road next to the beach, but the parking spaces are limited and you have to arrive early in the morning.

This beach is located in the south of Sithonia, in Kalamitsi village. You should first drive in the direction of Nikiti, then turn off at Toroni. The easiest way to get there is by car from Macedonia Airport of Thessaloniki.

Karydi

A popular place for wild holidays in Halkidiki. It is a small bay among rocks and boulders with a wide shoreline and very fine white sand. The water is always warm, so families with young children love coming here.

Features:

The entrance to the sea is long and smooth and the bottom is clear.

Next to the main beach there's a small rocky cove with a more difficult entrance to the water. It's cozy here for those who want to get away from the crowds.

The beach is wild and devoid of infrastructure - there are not only sunbeds and umbrellas, but also showers, toilets, and parking. The pine trees provide shade, and you can also lie on a towel. The beach is completely free, however, which attracts many people. It is possible to stay in the village of Vourvourou, but the accommodation there is not the best, so seasoned travelers advise apartments by the beach itself.

Karidi is situated on the northeast of Sithonia, within walking distance (1,5km) from the prestigious resort village of Vourvourou (east end). To get there you can drive or take a bus to Makedonia Airport, a distance of 115 km. There is also a shuttle bus service to K.T.E.L. Halkidikis station is accessible by shuttle bus and from there it is direct to Vourvourou.

Nikiti

This renowned holiday spot is located in one of the oldest villages in Halkidiki and is loved by tourists for its combination of beach activities and cultural enlightenment. It is a destination for those who want to avoid the crowds. The southern part of Nikiti is the most secluded and wide. This place is suitable for families with children or romantic pairs.

Features:

The shoreline is 4km long and 10m wide.

Shallow water prevails and the entrance is shallow and sandy.

The water is calm and there are no high waves.

There are a lot of pebbles and sea urchins at the bottom, so special shoes are recommended for swimming.

Nikiti has excellent infrastructure: there are bars and cafes, a playground with rides, catamaran rentals and pleasure boats. Only water sports equipment is lacking.

Hotels and apartments are located in the village of the same name, there is parking. The beach is public and free of charge, only sunbeds and umbrellas are chargeable and can be purchased from the bar.

Nikiti is the largest town in Sithonia. It takes 5 hours to get here by bus from the airport of Macedonia. The journey by taxi or private car will be shorter, about 1,5-2 hours. The distance from the airport is 90km and the direction is northerly, following the signs.

Possidi

A thin strip of sand and pebbles stretches for a 1 km and culminates in a narrow cape on which everyone takes photos. The shoreline is narrow, so it's problematic to find a spot during the day in July and August. The water is very clear.

Features:

The current on the south side of the cape is strong, while on the north side the water is calm. The entrance to the sea is rough, so families with small children will not suit. The bottom is covered with coarse pebbles.

The infrastructure is excellent, with lots of hotels, bars and campsites nearby. The car parks are usually free even during the day. Tourists are attracted by the sand dunes, the lighthouse at the tip of the cape, and the temple of Poseidon. The beach itself is free, but sunbeds and umbrellas have to be purchased. However, you can also get them if you buy a drink from the bar for more than €2.5.

The resort of Possidi is located in the west of Kassandra, near Kalandra. There are shuttles from Macedonia Airport 3 times a day and transfers are available. The distance is 104 km. You can also take a car and drive yourself in 1-1,5 hours.

Sarti

The long, urban coastline overlooking Mount Athos to the east lies between the popular resorts of Sithonia. The golden sand beach is suitable for long walks, sunbathing, playing with children and even a morning jog.

Features:

The entrance to the water is long and gentle in places, sharper in places - the water immediately reaches the waist for an adult. The sea is warm but choppy, calm may alternate with strong waves. The coastline is 3 km long. Behind the cape there is a section for nudists.

There are plenty of cafes on the promenade, but no showers, cubicles or rubbish bins. During the peak season there are crowds of people, so it is difficult to find a place and there are problems with cleaning. The beach is free, with free sunbed zones (you have to buy them out) and free spots for your own towels and sunbeds.

The tiny resort town is on the east of Sithonia and the transport network is well developed. The most accessible option is the bus, which passes 3 times a day. The trip takes 3 - 5 hours and the ticket price is €20. By car is quicker: the distance is only 145 km along the EO Thessalonikis Poligirou road, almost to the end of the "finger" of the peninsula.

Toroni

Many travelers name this beach as one of the most suitable beaches for holidays in Halkidiki with children. The reason is the clean sea, the minimal number of people and the long shoreline. The southern part is comfortable for those wishing privacy, while the central part is where families relax.

Features:

There are no high waves, the water is clear, devoid of jellyfish. The sea entrance is smooth and the bottom is soft, but the sand is coarse and hard. In the southern part there is an area suitable for divers. Beyond the ruins of the old fortress, after 10 meters from the shore, there is a steep cliff.

The beach is not wild, but it is free, you will have to buy (if you wish) only a sunbed. Or you can get one from the bar for buying a drink. The infrastructure in Toroni is well-developed, there are even playgrounds for children.

Parking is available in the village and by the road itself. Accommodation is available in townhouses, apartments and hotels that are centrally located within walking distance of the beach.

Toroni village and beach of the same name are located in the northwest part of Sithonia. There is a bus 3 times a day from Macedonia airport. By car, you may drive to N. Moudania, towards Kassandra peninsula and then turn west following the sign to N. Marmaras. Toroni is about 20km away.

Portokali

An incredibly interesting wilderness, reminiscent of the Seychelles. The reason is the many rocks of different shapes and sizes, the turquoise calm sea and the yellow sand. The beach itself is a small cove with cliffs rising above it. The steep descent follows paths sheltered by intertwined pine roots.

Features:

A wide strip of shallow water stretches along the shore.

The coves to the sides of the central stretch offer diving from the rocks.

Although the beach is wild, it is very crowded during the season, so you have to be seated early in the morning. The infrastructure is underdeveloped, with no parking or toilets, but you can buy an umbrella and sunbed at the local campsite. True, many people come to sunbathe on their own towels.

Portokali is on Sithonia. From Thessaloniki, you have to drive to Vourvourou and 21km after this village, turn left. A country road and a sign will lead you to Kavurotripes, where the beach is located.

Afitos

The pearl of Halkidiki, which has collected many ancient Greek legends around it, is loved by tourists for its fine white sand, long shoreline and calm waters. The place is sheltered by cliffs and hills, so high waves are a rarity.

Features:

The entrance to the sea varies from site to site: there are sandy and flat areas, and then there are pebbly areas with a sharp drop-off to deep water. The sea is low and the descent and ascent is steep. The left part of the beach is the cleanest place with a sandy beach, while the center and the right parts are sandy and pebbly.

The infrastructure is very well-developed, with all the necessary conditions for a comfortable holiday: taverns, car parks, mini-hotels, private cottages, water sports equipment rental. The beach is free of charge and all you need to do is buy a drink or a meal from the bar to get a sunbed.

The village of Afitos with the beach of the same name is located on the northeast of Kassandra and 5km from the other popular resort of Kallithea.