General information about Halkidiki
Halkidiki is a peninsula, southeast of the city of Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city). With its characteristic three peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonia, Athos), it resembles a trident piercing the Aegean sea.
According to the legend the titans Sython and Athon couldn’t share the beautiful mermaid Pallini and caused the anger of Poseidon. He darted his trident and the three fingers-peninsulas of Halkidiki appeared.
Halkidiki belongs to administrative peripherie of Central Macedonia.
The capital of Halkidiki is Poligiros, located in the center of Halkidiki (69 km from Thessaloniki).
Halkidiki is a magnificent natural beauty area with a unique flora with crystal clear sea. The length of the peninsula’s seacoast is 850 km. Sunny, golden sandy beaches, picturesque gulfs, traditional villages and modern tourist resorts, small islands and sheltered bays, pine-clad hills descending to the sea, Mediterranean climate and natural beauty attract people from all over the world. Halkididki is a favorite place of holiday as Greeks so foreign tourists. The population of the peninsula is app. 105 000 inhabitants, but it is increases many times over every summer season due to an inrush of tourists and visitors who own their own homes.
Mediterranean climate is very useful and positive for people’s health. The average summer temperature in Halkidiki is 28°С, in winter 0°С
Every-one can find the ideal holiday place according to his demands: he may choose the noisy and lively tourist villages with a large amount of tourists and active night life or smaller family village’s with less tourists and more lay back life style.
History of Halkidiki
Inhabited approximately 700,000 years ago, as revealed by the foundings from the prehistoric area of Petralona Cave.
Alexander the Great’s teacher and well known philosopher Aristotle was born in Stagira in 384 BC..
Halkidiki took its name from the city of Chalkis, located in Euboa, that was colonized in the 8th and 7th century BC. Kassandra took its name from Kassandros (King of Macedonia) , Sithonia from Sithon, a son of God Poseidon and Athos was named after a giant called Athos. In the 9th century the first monastary communities were established in Athos. Today, the monastic state of Athos (also called "Holly Mountain"), is a shelter of Byzantine monasteries, caves, monks, prayers, a "mountain-church" for the thousand-years Christian Orthodox religion.
How to get to Halkidiki
by airplane: The National Airport "MACEDONIA" of Thessaloniki is connected to the biggest towns in Greece and Europe on a daily basis (several flights). Information on departures and arrivals +30 2310 473212
Taxis and busses take you from the airport to the Coach Station of Halkidiki (KTEL) in Thessaloniki. There you can take the coach to reach the destination of your choice.
There is no train network in Halkidiki. Travellers coming by train from other parts of Greece or from abroad arrive at the Train Station of Thessaloniki. After arriving at the Train Station of Thessaloniki, take a taxi or the bus to reach to the Coach Station of Halkidiki (KTEL), in Thessaloniki, and then take the coach to reach Halkidiki.
Train Station of Thessaloniki - Information:
+30 2310 517517, 517518 -
All the villages and the beaches of Halkidiki are connected by coaches to Thessaloniki. There are buses that run daily and several times per day, throughout the year.
Information - Coach Station of Halkidiki (KTEL): Thessaloniki Station +30 2310 924444, 924445
Polygyros Station +30 23710 22309
Nea Moudania Station +30 23730 21228
Arnea Station +30 23720 22278
Kassandria Station +30 23740 22214
The Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos), which crosses Greece from its westernmost edge -Italy (Igoumenitsa)- to its easternmost borders with Turkey (Kipi, Evros), is a modern motorway of international standards, equipped with devices and safety systems that aim at protecting and helping the motorists. Egnatia Odos meets the Ring Road of Thessaloniki which leads to the National Road towards Halkidiki.
From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki.
From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki
From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina Â® Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki
From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway
From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway
Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Halkidiki Road Network:
Exit K1 Thessaloniki
Exit K4 Thessaloniki
Region of Central Macedonia
Regional Unity of Halkidiki
Tel. +302371351245 - ,
Associations & Municipalities in Halkidiki
Municipality of Polygyros
Tel +30 23713 50701 - ,
Municipality of Nea Propontida
Tel +30 23733 50200 - ,
Municipality of Kassandra
Tel +30 23743 50100 - ,
Municipality of Sithonia
Tel +30 23753 50100 - ,
Municipality of Aristotelis
Tel +30 23773 50000 - ,
Police station 100 & +30 23710 23227 & 21617
Polygyros +30 23710 21657 & 21650
Arnea +30 23720 22205
199 & +30 23710 22798
HOSPITAL +30 23710 20101
Nea Moudania +30 23730 22222
Kassandria +30 23740 22222
Agios Nikolaos +30 23750 31788
Paleochori +30 23720 41472
Mt Athos +30 23770 23217
Polygyros +30 23710 22460
N. Moudania +30 23730 21371
Arnea +30 23720 22212
Agios Nikolaos +30 23750 31324
Nea Îšallikratia +30 23990 23333
Kassandria +30 23740 22295
Nea Marmaras +30 23750 71500
Megali Panagia +30 23720 31111
Sykia +30 6942017183 & 6947897777
Thessaloniki +30 2310 316555 & 316565
Polygyros +30 23710 22309
Nea Moudania +30 23730 21228
Arnea +30 23720 22278
Kassandria +30 23740 22214
Nea Kallikratia +30 23990 21048