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Halkidiki

A peninsula in Northern Greece near Thessaloniki, Halkidiki is considered one of the most attractive regions of the country. It terminates into three smaller peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos, and offers a wide variety of landscapes, from inaccessible mountains to wide, sandy beaches. The climate here is the same as that of the Aegean Islands - it seldom rains between June and September, which determines the long tourist season.

Halkidiki is a perfect place for seaside holidays, with its coastline that suits every taste and the exceptional cleanliness of the water, caused by a lack of rivers and industry. Kassandra is the best-developed tourist part of Halkidiki and has a cosmopolitan ambience. The main resorts here are Nea Moudania, Kallithea and Nea Potidea. They offer a combination of excellent beaches and bustling nightlife. Lots of campgrounds are available along the coastline. The spa thermal baths of Agia Paraskevi are a nice alternative to the beaches. Porto Carras and the camper's paradise Neos Marmaras are preferred spots on the Sithonia peninsula.

The most famous attraction in Halkidiki is the UNESCO-protected complex of Byzantine Christian monasteries on the peninsula of Mount Athos. The Archaeological Museum and the Carnival are interesting attractions for visitors to the capital of Halkidiki, Poligiros. The excavations of ancient Olynthos and the old traditional village of Athytos provide entertainment for tourists interested in culture.


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