To the south-east of Thessaloniki lies Halkidiki, a charming peninsula famous for its wonderful caves, parks and beaches – many of which are Blue Flag – plus tiny islands and small bays.
Inland, part of the historic village of Stagira, where Aristotle was born, is Aristotle’s Park, a great stop off for a break in nature and incredible views of the Gulf of Ierissos. It’s also worth including the prehistoric cave of Petralona onto your itinerary. This fascinating place is where the skull of Archanthropus (dating back to an impressive 200,000 BC!) was found, along with various fossils of animals and tools.
The coast around Halkidiki is almost 500 kilometres in length and is made up of three ‘fingers’, all with their own personality. Although one – Mount Athos isn’t openly accessible (it has been the territory of the Greek Monastic State for more than a thousand years), you can enjoy Kassándra and Sithonia with the whole family.
Kassándra, the first peninsula of Halkidiki and the site of the mythical Clash of the Titans is one of Greece’s most modern cosmopolitan areas. Expect world class golf courses, marinas and spas, and enjoy gourmet meals together. Nearby Sithonía is more of a retreat, home to the city of Olynthus with its unique mosaic and forests reaching down to incredible beaches.