Jutting peninsulas fringed with pine trees give way to sandy coves and wide beaches with golden sands. Aside from warm, turquoise waters and remarkable sunsets, luxury holidays in Halkidiki come complete with fine dining and luxury spas and a range of activities for honeymooners and families alike.
The peninsulas of Halkidiki, a prefecture of Greece, resemble a three-fingered hand. Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula, is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty, its numerous sublime beaches and rippling Mediterranean forests are ripe for exploration and mountain-biking. Luxury travellers will also adore trying out the geothermal springs, like the thermal spa at the five-star Miraggio resort.
Popular with families, Sithonia is the central peninsula and much like Kassandra, you'll find a wealth of beaches -- almost 100 of them -- with gold and white sands and clear, warm waters. Of particular note are Orange Beach, Karidi Beach, and Kavourotypes, said to be the Sithonia's most beautiful beaches. This peninsula is also ideal for fans of scuba diving, snorkelling, and other water-based sports and activities.
Mount Athos is the easternmost peninsula with stunning monasteries that teeter on mountainsides. If you do want to visit the island in person, access to the area requires special permission in advance, and entrance to this monastic community is only permitted to men. However, the best way to see Mount Athos is from the water, take a boat where you can watch dolphins skim the waters, and see the landscape of the peninsula unfold.
Halkidiki is warm and dry from June to September with temperatures reaching 30 degrees and above in June, July and August. The hottest months are popular with travellers hoping to top up their suntans, whilst April, May and October are better for hiking.
In May, Sani Resort hosts Sani Gourmet, an annual food festival featuring Michelin-starred chefs, with plenty of tasty dishes and accompanying wines on offer. From July to August, experience the resort's annual Sani Festival, an international music event with award-winning musicians and orchestras.
In Halkidiki you'll get to try traditional Greek specialities, like lamb kleftiko and moussaka, and taste international dishes from Thailand and China. At Ikos Oceania, sample the finest Michelin-starred Italian cuisine at the Fresco restaurant.
The Mediterranean climate and the region's landscape combine to produce some magnificent wines. Enjoy a wine tour or relax by the pool, either way you'll find a glass to your taste as the island grows a wide variety of grapes.