- Greece’s secret paradise, still relatively untouched
- The real Greece with traditional tavernas, fabulous food and stunning scenery
- Pretty beaches, rugged landscape and turquoise waters
· Private transfer · Car hire
From Thessaloniki · Afitos - 73km · 1hr 15mins · Hanioti -90km · 1hr 45mins
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So what's it like?
Halkidiki is one of Greece’s northern regions and spreads into three peninsula extending into the Aegean Sea. This beautiful destination offers endless sand and shingle beaches, picturesque villages and historic places of interest. Our chosen resorts both sit on the western peninsula of Kassandra, the most popular of the three. Despite its popularity, Kassandra is still relatively unknown and retains much of its tradition and historical heritage along with a number of sand and shingle beaches We've selected the contrasting villages of Afitos and Hanioti, offering everything from late night clubs to secluded beaches, with something to suit your tastes, whether you’re after a lively resort or quiet retreat. Afitos is a traditional, relaxed town with quaint, cobbled stoned streets and white sandy beaches. The highlight is the village square which is pedestrianised in the evenings giving rise to great little restaurants spilling out in to the street and locals heading out late to while away the hours with great food, ample wine and good conversation. Hanioti also boasts the charm of a quaint village but is the livelier of the two resorts, with plenty of bars, late night clubs and good shopping opportunities. The beaches are perfect for taking it easy in the day, boasting golden sands, great views and a variety of watersports.
Relax and discover
AfitosLocal culture: Afitos is an attractive village with fine examples of Greek folklore architecture, traditional old stone houses and cobbled alleyways. Referred to by some as Halkidiki’s ‘stone built balcony’, it offers breathtaking views of Toroneos Bay. Life centres around the beaches and village square which is home the church of St Demetrius, the only domed basilica in Halkidiki. Beaches: The white sandy beach of Afitos is a steep downhill walk from the village, but well worth it. Head for the quieter northern end of the beach, which is set in a small bay, boats are moored in deeper waters and you can watch the locals mending their fishing nets. Take a walk on the rockier southern part of the beach for a relaxing stroll and not a soul in sight. Eating out: Dining out in Afitos is as much part of experiencing traditional Greece as the food itself. Quaint tavernas have tables spilling out into the square, where locals and visitors enjoy sumptuous local dishes and homemade wine late into the evening. Seafood is a popular choice, and Moudounou restaurant on the beachfront has views to rival the quality of its dishes. Evening atmosphere: Evenings in Afitos are low-key and centred around the main square, where bars and restaurants surround the local church. Restaurants are busy late into the evening, with many locals not venturing out to eat before 10pm. For after dinner entertainment, head to Imeros Café for live music and yummy cocktails. Hanioti Local culture: One of Halkidiki’s liveliest resorts, Hanioti has a relaxed and laid-back vibe. The village is set around a quaint square with a pretty fountain, where shops, bars and restaurants line the streets. Don’t be fooled though, there are also older, more traditional parts of the village to explore. Life here is all about days and the beach and nights in the town. Beaches: Hanioti boasts a long golden beach with beautiful views across to the Sithonia peninsula. A popular beach, it offers a variety of water sports and some lively beach bars but can get busy around the village centre in the main summer months. To get away from it all, head a 15 minutes drive away to Kriopigi for a quieter more relaxing beach. Water sports: Water sports are available from many spots on the beach. Try anything from kayaks and pedalos to jet skiing and water skiing, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Close to Thessaloniki, Waterland Water Park is a perfect day out whatever your age. Try out the numerous, thrilling flumes and slides, or relax on the lazy river or a sun lounger! Evening atmosphere: Hanioti is as lively at night as it is in the day! There’s a big choice of bars, restaurants and late night clubs as well as plenty of shopping opportunities. Restaurants and bars range from traditional and subdued to young and lively – there’s plenty to keep you entertained until the small hours, if you can take the pace!
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