Halkidiki

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For a sense of Greece's rural identity, the unspoilt Halkidiki peninsula near Thessaloniki is definitely worth a visit. The area incorporates the kind of scenery and you would dream of when imagining coastal Greece; with beautiful beaches, blue skies, azure seas and sprawling pine forests, Halkidiki has some of the best scenery in the country.

Although it isn't as well-known as other Greek destinations, there is no better destination to settle in to the Greek way of life. With over 40 idyllic Blue Flag beaches stretching across more than 500km of coastline, numerous archaeological sites and plenty of sleepy little fishing villages, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Halkidiki, with its three-pronged peninsula jutting into the turquoise sea; conjures up thoughts of Poseidon's trident. Each 'prong' offers something different: Kassandra, with its white-sand beaches and pine headlands that wouldn't be out of place in the Caribbean has a wide range of hotels, tavernas and bars, while Mount Athos is a World Heritage Site home to over 40 monasteries that is only open for day trips. Rugged Sithonia, though, is the jewel in Halkidiki's crown. A tiny fishing village with sprawling pine forests and numerous walking trails, here you can choose to hire a boat and explore romantic coves or spend lazy days on deserted beaches before strolling down to the waterfront to enjoy the catch of the day for your supper.



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Best time to be there

The mainland and islands are very hot and dry in July and especially August, the preferred travel month for French, Italian and Spanish holiday makers, making conditions busy, hotel availability limited and the beaches crowded. May, June and September are infinitely more comfortable and generally less expensive.
Rhodes, with its refreshing westerly winds and moderate summer heat, makes it the ideal place to travel for a summer holiday or a short break in the spring or Autumn.

Fly to

Athens and Thessaloniki (British Airways); Rhodes (easyjet); Heraklion, Santorini and Mykonos (British Airways to Athens and onward with Aegean Air)

Flying time

3-4 hours

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Athens City Break

Nights: 4 | from £950pp

Get under the skin of Greece's ancient capital on a 4 day tour of Athens's markets and museums, the mighty Acropolis and the Plaka district. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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The Peloponnese

Nights: 9 | from £4,330pp

Visit Athens with an expert guide then travel on to Epidaurus, the ancient citadel of Mycenae and explore unspoilt seaside landscapes over 9 nights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Greek Island Hopping

Nights: 6 | from £2,150pp

Hop your way around the Cyclades islands, taking in the charm of Santorini, the lively town of Mykonos and the cultural gem that is the tiny, traditional... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Choose between a suite or villas - each with its own unique style, pieces of art, brand name furniture and decorative items, and all the modern facilities.... Find out more

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Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa

The quiet Athos Penninsula is a home to the Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa, an environmentally friendly hotel. When it comes to dining, the hotel offers... Find out more

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Porto Sani Village and Spa

Porto Sani Village is one of the most exclusive locations in the area - a luxurious suite hotel built in the style of a traditional Greek village. Newly-refurbished,... Find out more

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Sani Asterias Suites

The resplendent heart of a thousand-acre private ecological reserve bordered by white beaches and criss-crossed by unspoilt pine forests and olive groves,... Find out more

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Celebrity Cruise – Greek Isles Cruise

Nights: 9 | from £2,550pp

Discover the wonders of Ancient Greece on this sailing, which follows the picturesque coastline of Croatia before tracing a path to Athens and onwards... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

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