Halkidiki is the most popular tourist destination in the north of Greece. The Halkidiki peninsula has the shape of a hand with three fingers with separate names: Kassandra, Sithonia and Agion Oros with Mount Athos. Halkidiki has an area of 2,954 km2 and a coastline of more than 500 kilometers. The peninsula is located southeast of the city of Thessaloniki and extends from the Gulf of Thermaikos to the west to the Gulf of Strymonikos to the east. In the north it is bordered by two lakes: Volvi and Koroni. Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula is the most developed part of Halkidiki offering modern family resorts and many organized beaches. Sithonia, the second peninsula, is greener, quieter and less organized, ideal for camping. Agion Oros is a religious community and cannot be freely entered, but only by special permission. To reach Halkidiki you need to travel to Thessaloniki International airport. From there on, the journey is another hour to the first tourist resorts on Kassandra. There is a bus connection from Thessaloniki too. You can also take a taxi. Most all-inclusive hotels have their own transfer service. Halkidiki is famous for its long beaches with fine sand, tropical colors and natural beauty of pine forests reaching until the sea. It is the perfect beach destination for families with young children.
Halkidiki has the most beaches with a blue flag in Greece. Along the east coast of Kassandra are beautiful family beaches and four of these are Blue Flag beaches. You will find fine sand, crystal clear water in tropical colors and shallow safe sea. Ideal for small kids! Afytos beach and the beach at Kallithea are two examples. In Sithonia you will find sandy beaches on the southeast side at Sarti and Sykia and at Vourvourou. There are smaller beaches on the west coast at Marmaras, six of whom also have a blue flag. The best beaches for families are the ones near Hanioti and Xenias beach. On Sithonia, it is the beach of Toroni.