History on the headlands
Ouranoupolis takes you to the quieter, natural side of the Halkidiki peninsula in mainland Greece. The pretty town in surrounded by pine forests and offers a range of pristine beaches perfect for both families and couples. This peaceful area is home to historic buildings and a quiet atmosphere, with little shops, bars and restaurants where you can experience a taste of local life.
Explorers wanting to soak up some of the country’s history and culture will enjoy boat trips, which will take you past Mount Athos and offer the chance to see the glittering coastline from a different angle. The hotels here are upmarket, with excellent restaurants and a choice of 14th Century architecture or a more modern feel. Alternatively, wander around the 14th Century Byzantine Church or visit one of the monasteries where you can see the traditional monks’ way of life and enjoy fantastic views of Mount Athos.
Holidays in Ouranoupolis bring you a range of upmarket restaurants and a chance to see the best of Greece as it is now, as well as offering you a chance to explore its many historic ruins and buildings. Head to one of the family run tavernas and enjoy spectacular seafood dishes and gourmet menus featuring traditional creamy dips and succulent Greek meat dishes. Bars offer excellent choices of Mediterranean wines, including local Greek bottles and exotic cocktails. If you prefer to simply relax, spend days on the golden sandy beach, ordering refreshments right to your lounger.
Book your luxury holiday in Ouranoupolis with Sovereign and we’ll help you find excellent hotels with amenities and facilities suited to your holiday. Book the Eagles Palace for a peaceful private sandy beach, four restaurants, four bars and a Kids’ Club for the little ones. Alternatively, Eagles Villas has spectacular views, elegant villas perfect for families, a spa and fantastic cuisine.
Flight time from the UK to Halkidiki is around 3 hours.
Transfer time from Thessaloniki airport to Ouranoupolis is approximately 90 minutes.
May to September is Halkidiki’s main beach-going season. Temperatures hover in the comfortable early- to mid-20s throughout the shoulder months (May and September), which are often good for fewer crowds and quieter hotels. Things start heating up in July and August, when the temperature can get into the early 30s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.