If you have your heart set on a Greek escape, but can’t decide on your perfect destination – consider the region that has everything… Thessaloniki combines lively city breaks with beach or spa relaxation, abundant culture and exhilarating outdoor adventure.
Blending the modern and historic – Thessaloniki City is a cosmopolitan urban hub where excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife can be found amid ancient ruins. This thriving capital of former Macedonia is also the gateway to the beach lover’s haven of Halkidiki, with its shallow turquoise waters and golden shores. Here, a richly verdant landscape dotted with pine trees and punctuated with majestic mountains extends into a trio of peninsulas, each with its own distinctive personality. From bustling Kassandra with its stunning beach resorts; to the traditional flavour and rugged beauty of Sithonia; to the breathtaking mountain scenery of Athos – discover a new holiday experience wherever you go around Thessaloniki.
Like Athens on a smaller scale, Thessaloniki City boasts amazing ancient Greek and Roman ruins around almost every corner. Soak up the buzzing ambience of this cosmopolitan university city. Take in magnificent views from the beautiful Moni Vlatadon Monastery. Then wander through the attractive old town, stopping at historic churches and chic boutiques. Or haggle for bargains at the Bit Bazaar flea market. Tuck into mouth-watering meze at a cosy traditional taverna then sip cocktails at a trendy Valaritou bar.
Use your car hire to explore the lush landscape of Halkidiki, with its majestic mountains and three distinctive peninsulas jutting out into a turquoise Aegean Sea. Bathe in safe, warm waters on family holidays. Discover secluded coves on romantic breaks and relax on beautiful golden beaches. Choose one of our hotels in Halkidiki’s bustling tourist resorts. Or escape the crowds at an unspoilt getaway. Explore the spectacular Olympus National Park and gaze in awe at mighty Mount Olympus.
Drive your hire car to the popular Kassandra peninsula or stay at one of our luxurious 5 star hotels in the beautiful beachfront resort of Sani. Relax on incredible white sands lapped by turquoise waters, or try adrenaline-boosting water sports. Or make your way to the bustling marina with its high-end boutiques, traditional eateries and gourmet restaurants. Wander around the cobbled streets of quaint Afytos, stopping at souvenir shops or for coffee on the terrace of an oceanfront taverna.
Discover the authentic Greek charm and dramatic scenery of Halkidiki’s Sithonia peninsula. Visit the delightful fishing village of Nikiti, with its stone-built houses and beachfront tavernas. Treat yourself to indulgent spa therapy at the luxurious Danai Beach Resort. Or take in stunning views of pine-clad mountains along the coastal road to Porto Carras, where you can practise your swing on the region’s only golf course. Sample fine wines at a local vineyard or go horse-riding through the verdant forest.
Gaze at breathtaking scenery and historic monasteries on the spectacular ascent to Mount Athos. Journey past rolling vineyards and quintessentially Greek villages including attractive Ouranoupolis, with its selection of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Holidays in Athos can be action-packed – try bike-riding, kayaking or scuba-diving – or relaxing escapes. Stay at the sumptuous Eagles Palace hotel and unwind on a stunning private beach or with lavish spa pampering. Enjoy an exquisite meal and incredible views at the hotel’s terrace restaurant.