Best for… beach lovers
Gold sand, turquoise sea and waving palms… Halkidiki in Greece has all the charms of the Caribbean – just minus the nine-hour flight. What’s more, the three-fingered peninsula, which extends into the Aegean Sea, has a laid-back appeal that’s hard to beat. If you can bear to leave your lounger, Sithonia, the next peninsula along, has a wilder beauty with rugged mountains, deserted bays and the ancient city of Toroni to be explored. And a boat trip around the coastline of Unesco World Heritage Site Mount Athos, the third peninsula, is a must-do to catch a glimpse of its magnificent monasteries, which are off-limit to tourists.
Gold sand, turquoise sea and waving palms… Halkidiki has all the charms of the Caribbean – just minus the nine-hour flight
Where to stay
Kassandra, the western point and most developed of the three peninsulas, is home to Sani Resort, which overlooks Mount Olympus. Check-in to sophisticated Sani Beach and enjoy days relaxing on a dazzling white sand beach and evenings feasting on Greek meze, such as vine leaves in herbs, at oceanfront Verandah Restaurant.