According to a local Greek expression, ‘There’s no place like Halkidiki.’ What they really mean is that there’s no place like Sithonia, the middle, and most beautiful, finger of the Halkidiki peninsula. Sithonia is blanketed in a thick carpet of fragrant pine and cypress trees that hide beautiful stone villages and offer fantastic hikes. There are nearly 100 beaches scattered around the area, with powdery white sand and turquoise blue waters coming as standard.
Sithonia holidays are ideal for pure relaxation and traditional Greek hospitality. You’ll dine in fantastic restaurants that showcase local ingredients such as honey and olive oil. Take boat trips to uninhabited islands and dive off the bow into the crystal-clear water. Watch the sun rise over Mount Athos and sink over Mount Olympus and lose track of time – holidays to Sithonia are truly like no others.
Take a day trip
Make a beeline for the beautiful beach of Vourvourou or, from there, take the short boat trip into the bay to the exquisite island of Diaporos.
The coastal town of Nikiti is fantastically well-preserved and well worth a visit. Walk through the cobblestone streets and enjoy a coffee in the main square.
Head to the slopes
Sithonia’s highest point can be found at the top of an 811-metre ascent up Mount Itamos. There are several trails to choose from, leading you through 200,000 protected acres of nature.