Halkidiki and Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is the second biggest and according to many the most beautiful and alive city of Greece. It is located in the northern Greece and even though the lifestyle in the city is very charming what attracts most of the tourists is Chalkidiki region. It is the favourite holiday place of Balkan neighbours and Northern Greeks. Chalkidiki is a peninsula consisted by three “legs” or three smaller peninsulas, each one of which has a very unique and special character.Thessaloniki is modern city with the cosmopolitan lifestyle that will impress you. There are a variety of places to see in Chalkidiki will make you fall in love with the region.
Must see places in Chalkidiki
Chalkidiki’s First Leg
This is the place to have fun, a road trip through this peninsula will surprise you with the option of villages to visit and spend the night, the nightlife and the amazing beaches. In this part of Greece you can also find many campsites, so if you love camping you came at the right place. One of the most famous is Poseidi student camping unfortunately entrance is provided only to students of Aristotle University and their friends. But even if you cannot enter in the camping you should definitely visit the beach in Poseidi, as it is one of the most beautiful and unique in Greece.
Chalkidiki’s Second Leg
Chalkidiki’s Third Leg
Chalkidiki’s third leg is a unique holy place that unfortunately cannot be visited by women and even men need special agreement in order to enter. Mount Athos is the holy place of Greece full of monasteries on the cliffs of the Peninsula. Visitors can go until Ouranoupolis (city of heaven) and if they are very interested to explore take a boat tour from there taking them around the Mount Athos
Take a Day trip from Thessaloniki
Pick the time right
Tourists visit Chalkidiki from May to October
Getting there and around
The airport of Thessaloniki is one of the largest In the country connecting with many different cities. Interestingly many low cost companies tend to choose this airport over the one in Athens. So you will not find any difficulties flying there domestically or internationally, moreover train and busses can get you to Thessaloniki from all over Greece or even from Turkey, Bulgaria and F.Y.R.O.M.
For travelling around the city of Thessaloniki, public transport should be sufficient even-though the metro isn’t completed yet (and this is another sensitive topic for the locals, the fact of not having a metro) many buses will get you in all the places you will need to visit around the city, of course walking is also possible if you are staying in the city centre. However, if you are planning to do daytrips and especially visiting Chalkidiki, then car would be a necessity, as public transport follows the mentality of “Halara”, being slow, out of schedule and insufficient.
Macedonia is the Northern region of Greece where all these places are located, it should not be confused with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (name accepted by UN) which is the neighbouring country in the north. The naming of this country is under diplomatic negations between the countries and the topic is very sensitive for the locals.
Halara is a Greek world that I presented in the country description, particularly in this part of the country people are proud to be exceptionally relaxed and slow, so just adjust yourselves, in any case you are on holidays.
Do not leave Thessaloniki without having tried the famous delicacies such as mpougatsa, trigona panoramatos and tsoureki from Terkenlis.