Halkidiki has been a popular summer tourist destination since the late 1950 when people from Thessaloniki started spending their summer holidays in the coastal villages. At the beginning tourists rented rooms in the houses of locals.
By the 1960, tourists from Austria and Germany started to visit Halkidiki more frequently. Since the start of the big tourist boom in the 1970s, the whole region has been captured by tourism.
The west coast of Halkidiki features beautiful sea-shores that combine crystal blue waters, sandy beaches and amazing pine-tree forests. The picturesque seaside villages offer a lively nightlife, a great range of taste proposals all through the day, as well as sports opportunities that will satisfy everyone!
The west coast is also a place of great archaeological interest, hosting unique natural monuments such as the Petralona Cave.
Kassandra is the most western peninsula of Halkidiki’s trident. It is one of the most famous places in Halkidiki with a particular development towards tourism, displaying a lot concerning the cultural and tourist field.
Sithonia, the second peninsula of Halkidiki, is located between the peninsulas Kassandra and Mount Athos. Sithonia is surrounded by the Toronean Gulf at the east side and the Singitic Gulf at the west. From the airport of Thessaloniki it takes approximately one hour to reach the Sithonia peninsula by car.
Mount Athos is situated in the eastern and most enchanting third peninsula of Halkidiki, which is called the peninsula of Athos.
It is the only place in Greece, which is totally devoted to praying and worshiping God and thus, it is called the Holy Mount. The Holy Mount or the Mount Athos has about 50 Km length, 8 to 12 Km width and it covers a surface of about 350 square kilometers.