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Halkidiki: The Top Ten Best Beaches on Greece’s Spectacular Peninsula

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Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is a stunningly beautiful 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 less commercialized but full of lovely secluded coves.

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 by ferry.

Halkidiki has the perfect combination of unspoiled landscapes and modern amenities which cater to almost any visitor.

Its pristine 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 with elaborate ceremonies.

The combination of the scent of 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 tranquility.

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 find the most appropriate destinations for yourself.

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 numerous amenities for those who desire them, but it also features plenty of space for those who need more privacy. It has golden sand and clean, shallow waters.

This beach never gets overcrowded, making it an ideal option for families and those who want to relax in peace beside the sea.

Ormos Panagias Halkidiki
Credit: Srđan Mijatov, CC BY 3.0

Kalogria Beach in Halkidiki, the Perfect spot for Relaxation and Families

Kalogria Cove in Sithonia sits amid lush pine forests, and consists of soft, golden sand and turquoise waters with green hills behind the beach. You can easily find rocky enclaves and secluded spots to explore.

Enjoy a swim in the shallow waters and watch the lovely sunset with its palette of colors on the horizon. 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.

Kalogria Beach
Credit: OdysseasMichalakis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Toroni Beach

Located on the southernmost part of Sithonia, Toroni is popular for its scenic landscape and magnificent sands. The beach features clear, greenish-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 worth exploring.

Beach in Halkidiki, toroni
Credit: Kramer96 – Own work, CC BY 3.0

Kalamitsi Beach

Located on the southeastern side of the Sithonia Peninsula, Kalamitsi Beach with its golden sands caressed by beautiful Aegean waters and its little coves waiting to be explored is a great place to relax.

Adventurous travelers can also set up camp here, which would be an unforgettable alternative to organized hotel accommodations.

Kalamitsi Beach in Halkidiki
Credit: Ggia – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Lagomandra Beach

Located on 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 with golden sands.

The beach is not very crowded and has been well-maintained, providing long, open stretches for leisurely beach walks. You can even catch a glimpse of Greek fishermen bringing their vibrantly-colored boats onto the shore.

Lagomandra Beach in Halkidiki
Credit: vujas, CC BY-SA 3.0

Possidi 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 the mountain slopes south of Kassandra, is well-known for its Temple of Poseidon, which is among the oldest sanctuaries in Greece.

Possidi Beach Halkidiki
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Kallithea Beach

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.

Kalithea Beach
Kalithea Beach on the Kassandra peninsula, Halkidiki. Credit: Facebook/Visit Kassandra

Karydi Beach

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 transparent, making it a very safe area for children to swim in.

Karydi Beach in Halkidiki
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Sarti Beach in Halkidiki with Mount Athos views and white sands

Situated 77 km (48 miles) southeast of Poligiros on the eastern side of Sithonia peninsula, the beach at Sarti offers white sands as well as beautiful, sheltered coves.

While relishing the sands or floating in the water, you can also enjoy the amazing views of the majestic Mount Athos, the largest monastic community in Greece located just across the bay.

In August, you can also join local villagers at religious festivals of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, celebrated every August 15th.

Sarti in Halkidiki Mount Athos
Credit: Horia Varlan from Bucharest, Romania – Long exposure of Mount AthosUploaded by ComputerHotline, CC BY 2.0

Platanitsi Beach

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 welcomes many visitors from nearby resorts.

On Platanitsi, one can find all types of amenities catering to beachgoers, including umbrellas, tavernas, sunbeds, and water sports clubs. This area attracts many families with children.

Platanitsi in Halkidiki
Credit: Tryfon Manolis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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