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Halkidiki, extending west of Thessaloniki, is Greece’s other three-legged geographical formation besides the Peloponese. The region is Northern Greece’s major resort area.

 

 

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The mainland is dominated by the beautiful and tall Holomondas mountain and is mostly agricultural land, dotted with small villages and the lakes of Koronia and Volvi.

 

 

 

Halkidiki features white sandy beaches and forested hills plunging into the crystal clear waters of the northern Aegean. The weather here is milder and wetter than in southern Greece and summers are cooler than in the islands and Crete.

 

 

 

The fish taverns of Halkidiki are famous for their fresh fare; the southern end of the peninsula stands in the middle of the fish travelling routes that link the Mediterranean with the Black Sea and the catch is always plenty and fresh. 
Each of the three legs of the Halkidiki peninsula maintains a unique character and a exceptional atmosphere.

Sithonia, in the middle, with its hilly landscape, its endless pine forests, and its endless line of white-sand coves and long beaches is not as developed as Kassandra and is much quieter and idyllic. Driving down the coastal road, there are long stretches of no man’s land through pine forests and seaside cliffs.

On its east coast, Stageira is the birthplace of Aristotle. Its east leg, Mount Athos, is the oldest theocratic region in the world, with dozens of monasteries established here during the Byzantine era, more than a thousand years ago, which still operate under medieval rules.

 

The third leg, Mount Athos, is one of the jewels of Greece and a unique destination in the whole world. Today it hosts 20 ancient monasteries.

It is also a place of serenity and piety. Thousands of men come here every year to live communally with the monks, wake up at 4 am and stand in church for the morning mass, and share the monks’ lean meals of bread, olives, legumes, and wine. They come to take in the otherworldliness of the place, seek spiritual guidance from the monks, and deal with questions and doubts about their lives. In the last few years, the Prince of Wales has made it a habit to stop by for a few days at one of the monasteries during his annual Aegean summer cruise.

 

 

The region is accessible through Ouranopolis, on the west coast, and Ierissos on the east coast. Boats make stops along the way to the southern tip of the peninsula, at the various monasteries that line its coast. Visitors must contact the monasteries to make reservations before their arrival; that is only in order to reserve a bed since there is no admission fee and the meals are free.

For men, make arrangements to visit Mount Athos for a couple of days, and be prepared for a time machine-like trip back to the Middle Ages.