A picture-perfect peninsula
Halkidiki is a three-pronged peninsula off mainland Greece, and in the middle is Sithonia – arguably the prettiest of the bunch.
A prime spot for a quiet break, Sithonia is wrapped in stunning landscapes. Miles of fragrant pine forests flank secluded sandy beaches and pin-drop peaceful villages. It’s a good place for active types; there are hiking and cycling trails in abundance, plus sailing and diving off the coast. The beaches are something to shout about, too – wide bays with fine sand and shingle.
It’s not all about looks, though. Sithonia is also steeped in history, and within arm’s reach of the ancient site of Olynthos (a city that dates back to the 7th century BC), as well as a treasure trove of Byzantine remains and Aristotle’s birthplace, Stagira.
Flight time from the UK to Halkidiki is around 3 hours.
Transfer time from Thessaloniki airport to Sithonia is approximately 45 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.