The Sithonia peninsula is a true delight, since it's protected by conservation laws, and has many unspoilt villages and coastline areas; but if you'd like a little activity, visit Nikiti for its ancient buildings, local tavernas – and the lovely Nikiti beach, which has the best little coffee shops you could wish for! If you fancy a day in the city, it's worth the journey to historic Thessaloniki, Greece's second city, where you'll find international shops, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and a wide choice of restaurants and tavernas.
Halkidiki Holiday Highlights
Petralona cave, near Nea Moudania, at the foot of Mount Katsika - famous for its stalactites and stalagmites.
Mount Athos – open only to males, it's best seen from the perspective of a boat trip along its coastline.
Wine-tasting tours – organised excursions take you through mountains and forests to picturesque Arnea, famed for its excellent wines and wonderful textiles.
Kassandra Festival - July to late at the Theatre of Siviri: arts events, concerts and ancient Greek drama.
Local cuisine: mezedes (hors d'oeuvres) – numerous small dishes such as fried meatballs, squash balls, octopus, shrimp, squid, cheese, olives, stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki (garlicky yogurt and cucumbers), eggplant dip, small sausages and giant beans.
Moussaka (lamb, eggplant and bechamel sauce) is a favourite, as is paidakia (grilled lamb or goat chops).
Koutsoupia to Sivri hiking trail –an exquisite 5km walk through lovely countryside.
Athitos village – a perfectly preserved traditional village.