Take Me Across Halkidiki
Is it even summer time if your social media feed doesn't include at least one photo from Mykonos? For the longest time, the go-to travel destinations in Greece have been focused around the islands of Greece (think Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Corfu,...) However, a few years back I was introduced by my Greek friends to an inland holiday favorite of the locals: Halkidiki. It's safe to say I fell in love with the place and this post is a dedication as to the reasons why.
The number one reason for me was the abundancy of different places to see, each beach different from another. In addition to that I got to see a wealthy resort area full of chic exclusive boutiques and fancy restaurants by a small marina with yachts, but also a quaint old town alive with Greek music, and cheap local food. Halkidiki also is known for it's historical sites, such as the ancient monasteries built high on the mountains. Mount Athos, the third leg of Halkidiki is in fact self-governing (an autonomous theocratic society) and completely closed off from women. It is a home to over 2000 monks.
For any future travelers I would recommend to stay on the first leg of Halkidiki, Kassandra, as that's where all the beach clubs, party places and hotel resorts are. The second leg (Sithonia) has beautiful nature and uninhabited beaches. To get the most out of Halkidiki, I would recommend to rent a car, as renting a car in Greece is quite cheap and provides an easy way to get around the peninsula. In terms of food, a Greek taverna is a must! The best way to go is to order a bunch of stuff to share, my favorites being fried zuccini, mussaka, fried kalamari, fries, and tsatsiki. The best part? In a greek taverna you get free dessert!! Another food you cannot miss out on is pita gyros.
Other recommendations include visiting Afytos, a lovely small town by the sea, going to Bousoulas Beach Bar for a white themed party (more posh and relaxed), which takes place on wednesdays, or spending a day at Lefki Ammos and staying for the "after beach" party for some more hardcore (and not so posh) partying. In August when the party season kicks off, the beach parties also have incredible fire performances. If you are into the club scene, then you must go to Angel, Pearl, or Coral, which are all located next to each other.
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