Halkidiki, Greece

 

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. 

www.thessalonikiairport.gr 

by train: 

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 - www.ose.gr 

by coach: 

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 

www.ktel.org 

by car: 

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 ® 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 

Exit Redina 

Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta ​

 

Useful phones

 

Region of Central Macedonia 
Regional Unity of Halkidiki 
Tel. +302371351245 - i.giorgos@pkm.gov.gr , www.halkidiki.gov.gr 

Associations & Municipalities in Halkidiki 
Municipality of Polygyros 
Tel +30 23713 50701 - info@poligiros.gr , www.poligiros.gr 
Municipality of Nea Propontida 
Tel +30 23733 50200 - mayor@nea-propontida.gr , www.nea-propontida.gr 
Municipality of Kassandra 
Tel +30 23743 50100 - otakas1@otenet.gr , www.kassandra.gr 
Municipality of Sithonia 
Tel +30 23753 50100 - dimarxos@dimossithonias.gr , www.dimossithonias.gr 
Municipality of Aristotelis 
Tel +30 23773 50000 - info@dimosaristoteli.gr , www.dimosaristoteli.gr 


POLICE DEPARTMENTS 
Police station 100 & +30 23710 23227 & 21617 
Polygyros +30 23710 21657 & 21650 
Arnea +30 23720 22205 


FIRE DEPARTMENT 
199 & +30 23710 22798 

HEALTH CENTERS 
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 


TAXI 
Polygyros +30 23710 22460 
N. Moudania +30 23730 21371 
Arnea +30 23720 22212 
Agios Nikolaos +30 23750 31324 
Nea Κallikratia +30 23990 23333 
Kassandria +30 23740 22295 
Nea Marmaras +30 23750 71500 
Megali Panagia +30 23720 31111 
Sykia +30 6942017183 & 6947897777 


BUS STATIONS 
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 

 

 

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