Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is a peninsula which is part of the region of Central Macedonia in northern Greece. It has long been famed for its beautiful natural landscapes, outstanding seaside resorts, and exotic beaches. The peninsula is divided into three smaller peninsulas, its so-called “legs.”
The southernmost leg, named Kassandra, is replete with luxurious hotels, resorts, and beaches with all possible amenities. The middle leg, called Sithonia, is full of lovely secluded coves, and is less commercial overall.
The northernmost leg, Athos, is made up entirely of different monastic communities and is for the most part closed to the public. Only males may be granted access to the peninsula, and they must receive special permission in advance to even land there.
Halkidiki has the perfect combination of unspoiled landscapes and amenities which cater to almost any visitor. The marvelous natural environment is complemented by the vibrant religious and cultural traditions of its people, and the region’s rich culinary fare is displayed on feast days celebrated there with great ceremony.
The combination of the scent of the pine trees and the brine of the sea relax both spirit and body, allowing travelers to enjoy the famed sunrises and sunsets of the area in great tranquillity.
We have compiled a list of the top ten beaches on Halkidiki, according to TripAdvisor, the well-known travel review company. However, feel free to visit and judge for yourself which would be the most perfect destination for you.
Trani Ammoudia Beach
Trani Ammoudia, also called Ormos Panagias, is located in Sithonia, the middle peninsula of Halkidiki. This is an exotic, yet quiet and peaceful beach; and it most likely has one of the largest expanses of sand in Sithonia.
The beach has some amenities, for those who desire them, but it also features plenty of space for those who desire more privacy. It has golden sand and clean, shallow waters. It never becomes crowded, which makes it an ideal pick for families, and for those who just want to relax in peace beside the sea.
Kalogria Cove, in Sithonia, sits amid lush pine forests, and consists of soft, golden sand and turquoise/green waters, with green hills rising up from the back of the beach. You can easily find rocky enclaves and secluded spots to explore.
Enjoy a swim in the shallow waters until the lovely sunset comes, painting the horizon with every color imaginable. Children, as well as the adventurous, will definitely want to hike up the hills behind the beach for a great view of the nearby peninsula.
Located on the southernmost part of Sithonia, Toroni is popular for its scenic landscape and magnificent beaches. The sandy beach features clear, green/ blue blue waters, and the surrounding hills are filled with olive groves and pine trees.
The area around Toroni Beach actually has a rich history, and there are many lovely Byzantine churches nearby that are worth exploring.
Located on the southeastern side of the Sithonia Peninsula, Kalamitsi Beach is a great place to relax, with a golden sands washed by the beautiful waters of the Aegean and little coves which visitors can explore.
More adventurous travelers can also try camping here, which would be a lovely and unforgettable change from the accommodation hotels have to offer.
Located in the lush green foothills of Mount Itamos, Lagomandra is situated 47 km (29 miles) southeast of Poligiros, the capital of Halkidiki. The beach is shaped like a natural amphitheater, and has golden sands.
The beach is not very crowded, and has been well maintained, providing long, open stretches for relaxing beach walks. You can even get a glimpse of Greek fishermen when they bring their vibrantly-colored boats onto the beach.
Located 70 km (43 miles) south of Poligiros, the main town of Halkidiki, Possidi is a beautiful village set in picturesque surroundings overlooking the old castle of Mende.
You can visit the ruins of the ancient city of Mende, today’s Posidi, which was founded in the eighth century, BC by Eretrian settlers from present-day Evia. The city, located on mountain slopes south of Kassandra, became well-known for its Temple of Poseidon, which is among the oldest sanctuaries in Greece.
Situated about 50 km (31 miles) south of Poligiros, the capital of Halkidiki, Kallithea Beach is among the most well-organized and popular beaches of Halkidiki. Its crystalline waters, golden sands and lush greenery offer the perfect vacation spot for any visitor.
Kallithea Beach offers many tourist amenities, including sunbeds, umbrellas, and water-sports equipment for rent.
Located 53 km (33 miles) southeast of Poligiros, on Vourvourou Bay in Sithonia, the central peninsula of Halkidiki, Karydi Beach is famous for its scenic landscape and white sands.
The beach, situated toward the end of Vourvourou Bay, is a mix of fine white sand and rocky outcrops which only add to the area’s beauty. The shallow green waters of the beach are very clear, making it a very safe area for children to swim in.
Found 77 km (48 miles) south east of Poligiros, on the eastern side of Sithonia peninsula, the beach at Sarti offers white sands as well as beautiful, sheltered coves. While luxuriating on the sands to floating in the water there, you can also enjoy amazing views of majestic Mount Athos, the largest monastic community in Greece, which is just across the bay.
During the month of August, you can also join local villagers by attending the religious festival of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which is celebrated every August 15th.
Situated on the southern side of Sithonia peninsula, 72 km (45 miles) southeast of Poligiros, Platanitsi Beach has soft, golden sands and crystalline green waters. The beach sees many visitors from nearby resorts.
Platanitsi offers all possible amenities to beachgoers, including umbrellas, tavernas, sunbeds, and water sports clubs. This area also attracts many families with children.