Water-skiing at Sani
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Water-skiing at Sani


Part of Macedonia in northeast Greece, Halkidiki consists of three peninsulas protruding out into the sparkling Aegean: Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos (a holy mountain of Byzantium monasteries out of bounds to women). As well as unspoiled villages and gorgeous forests, Kassandra and Sithonia are famous for their sandy beaches (the best beaches in Greece), and the region is home to some of the best luxury family resorts in Europe and in fact the entire world – some with water sports included.


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Things to do with kids in Halkidiki

Play on any of the lovely beaches that make up the 500km coastline, and take a boat out onto the Aegean for fishing, snorkelling, staring up at the forbidden slopes of Mount Athos, which Byzantine emperor Basil I proclaimed the exclusive domain of monks and hermits, and calling at small fishing villages with little restaurants on the beach.

For entertainment, stick to Kassandra, the liveliest peninsula, and for ancient ruins and other general exploring, head for Sithonia.

Try delicious, unfussy local cuisine including fried meatballs, squash balls, shrimp, squid, cheeses, olives, stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki, aubergine dip, small sausages, and giant beans – at mezedes or mezedoupolio at lunch, and at tavernas in the evening. Other specialities include moussaka, kebabs, pastitsio (lamb or goat with macaroni and tomatoes), stifado (braised beef with onions) and paidakia (grilled lamb or goat chops).

Destination stats

Flying time3.25hrs All flight times are based on flights from UK London airports, to the capital or nearest destination airport.

Carbon footprint1.88 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.

TimezoneGMT +2


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