about THIS ROUTE
Awarded 94 times the world re-known Blue Flag eco-label in 2020, Halkidiki ranks high up in tourist preference. Counting numerous white-sanded beaches with crystal-clear, calm waters, high-standard marinas, lively coastal villages and organized resorts, it is one of Greece’s top summer destinations. Its buzzing night-life, culinary heritage and natural wonders, they all make up for an exciting experience. The road trip from Litochoro to Moudania, the point in which you choose one of the three peninsulas you will to head to, is 158 km.
While crossing the peninsula of Kassandra, you pass by the coastal village of Nea Fokia, which is popular among locals for its fish taverns. Overlooking a picturesque lagoon and a Byzantine tower that seems float over the waters, the taverns will satisfy both taste and sight. Making a stop at Athytos is ‘mandatory’! Built on the rock, Athytos is one of Halkidiki’s most beautiful villages with its traditional stone-houses and cobblestone streets, which bring in mind those of a Greek island. The village’s stunning views and the dazzling beach will set your camera on fire!
No one resists Kallithea, capital of Halkidiki’s night-life wherein fun and entertainment carry on up until early hours! Hanioti, with its turquoise waters, will not let you down as it is a fully-developed tourist destination with great pedestrian walks by the sea.
Paliouri, located almost on the edge of the peninsula, is famous for its white-sanded beaches and emerald waters. In the western part of Kassandra, you come across the amphitheatrically built Siviri, another place to enjoy great fish and seafood. Further down, there is Posidi with its distinctive nose-shaped beach, a strip of white-sanded land entering the sea, and an old lighthouse, built in 1864. In Loutra at Agia Paraskevi, a place re-known for its therapeutic springs, you will enjoy pampering in an ultra-modern spa offering panoramic views at the sea.
Between the two peninsulas, Kassandra and Sithonia, in the gulf of Toronaios, and in-between the coastal villages of Agios Mamas and Gerakini, there is ancient Olynthos, the most significant economic and military center of Halkidiki that reached its peak during the 5th c. B.C. up until 348 BC. Its 500acres archeological site with its remarkable ruins is open to visitors. The well-preserved mosaic floors with their intricately patterned tiles are some of the oldest ones surviving in Greece.
In the peninsula of Sithonia, from Toronaios’ side, it would be difficult to choose between the wonderful quiet bays of Psakoudia, the cosmopolitan village of Nikiti and the beaches of Elia, Agios Giannis and Kalogria with the pale sand and crystal clear azure waters. Next comes the lively New Marmaras with the pine woodland in the backgound, the ever-growing in popularity Toroni with its vast coast, and Porto Koufo with the best fish in the area.
At the east side of Sithonia, Vourvourou features prominently with its “exotic” beaches and deep-blue waters. Halkidiki has islands too! Take the boat from Vourvourou to Diaporos and the other eight islands nearby, far from the hustle and bustle of organized seasides. Kavourotrypes with its white rocks and emerald waters is one of Halkidiki’s most striking beaches, while Sarti is ideal for surf lovers.
Rising to an altitude of 320m, just before Neos Marmaras, Parthenon, the oldest and most beautiful village of Halkidiki, is found. Dating back to the Paleolithic Ages, Parthenon is known for its traditional stone-houses, built in the Macedonian architecture and offers views to die for. This is an absolute must-do before setting off to the beach.
Lagoon of Agios Mamas