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Chalkidiki

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Dec 15, 2021

Chalkidiki (Greek: Χαλκιδική, also Halkidiki or Chalcidice) is one of the main tourist areas of Greece. It is a wide peninsula of Northern Greece that extends as three narrower peninsulas, as a whole forming the shape of a trident, or a three-fingered hand. The northern and north-western section of the peninsula is part of the Thessaloniki region, which includes the city of Thessaloniki. The capital of Chalkidiki prefecture is the town of Polygyros, in the centre of the main peninsula. The coast hosts numerous excellent beaches.

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Of tourist interest are the three so-called fingers of the peninsula, which extend south into the sea.

Map of Chalkidiki

  Mount Athos
the eastern finger peninsula and monks republic, with the homonymous holy Mount Athos. The entry is only allowed to pilgrims who want to visit the holy places. All over the peninsula there are monasteries. Women are not allowed to enter the area at all. There are trips from Ouranopolis by boat, from which one can see some monasteries.
  Kassandra
the western finger. It is the best known of the three fingers because most tourism takes place here. Here are the big hotels and the towns that offer tourists everything they need for a great holiday. Here are also the beautiful beaches that make Chalkidiki so attractive to tourists.
  Sithonia
the middle finger. This peninsula is fully developed touristy and probably the most scenic part of Chalkidiki. There are a great number of beautiful beaches and coves that are crowded only in high season. The formerly popular nudist beaches are hardly present as such in high season.
  Northern Chalkidiki
the main peninsula or the hand is hardly noticed. It is often referred to as the green lung of Macedonia. From Thessaloniki a mountain range stretches to the east. The mountains are higher than 1000 meters here. Forests grow around the mountains, which are very similar to those in Central Europe. They are excellent hiking routes, which are widely used by groups for hiking. Agriculture is practiced in the valleys. North of the mountain range is a wide plain. It is called the palm of the peninsula. Forests also play the main role here. But there is also a lot of agriculture. The northern end is formed by the two lakes Koronaia Lake and Volvi Lake.

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