If you ask anyone from Thessaloniki where is the best beach in the world, they will all answer (without thinking twice and probably in unison) Chalkidiki. They talk about it like it’s some sort of a paradise unknown to man and you’re not really living life if you haven’t been there yet. Speaking as an islander who grew up in a country with 7,000 islands, I think it’s pretty (but not as pretty as they believe it is). Lol.
I’d raise your beloved Chalkidiki with my beloved Boracay in the Philippines which even The Greek Mister (who is from Thessaloniki nonetheless) claimed to be the best beach he’s ever been to.
Anyway enough with the beach wars, we can do that some other time… :p
Chalkidiki is a 3-legged peninsula shaped like Poseidon’s trident in the Northern part of Greece. Kassandra is the first peninsula, Sithonia’s the second and the third is Mount Athos peninsula where women aren’t allowed to go. The third peninsula is a self-governed part of the Greek state with Orthodox monks as its inhabitants. Monasteries and hermitages are dotted around this peninsula, I told The Greek Mister to go there to take some photos for me. I’m really curious as to how it looks like. Must be pristine!
Chalkidiki only an hour and a half drive from Thessaloniki (depending on which leg you’re going to) so it’s a very popular destination for them as a weekend retreat. It was only my second time to go there and this time, we stayed in Posidi which is in Kassandra, Chalkidiki’s first leg.
We rented a 3-bedroom AirBNB apartment while there which wasn’t up to The Greek Mister’s standards in terms of cleanliness. We had to check out earlier and lose the rest of the money that we paid for our whole stay. To be honest, it was ok for me – I could stand having dirty couch, seats and stuffy bedroom but I didn’t like how the owner handled our complaint.
“You rented an AirBNB, not a hotel.” is what he said when we complained about the smell and the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of the house. We’re fully aware of that and that’s why we rented an AirBNB and not a hotel because you’re supposed to be taking care of your OWN house better than a hotel. The kitchen sink smelling like vomit is not acceptable in my own house but apparently for this guy, it’s ok. So no, I’m not going to promote that AirBNB apartment. (I’ve included the link of that apartment though so you can stay away from it.)
What I like about Chalkidiki is because it has 3 peninsulas, they have numerous beaches that you can visit each with its own specific character. Some may have a lush green forest surrounding it or a mountain behind it. Some beach may be pebbled while some will have fine sand. One thing’s permanent though which you can find in all of their beaches – the crystal clear water with hues of blue or green. This is probably why Thessalonikinians (is that a word?) think it’s paradise – this, I’ll give it to them. Beach hopping is very easy to do here.
During our weekend stay, we visited a total of 3 beaches. We had to drive to the other side of Kassandra peninsula as the side that we were in was a bit too wavy. That’s another thing that I like about Chalkidiki, you can always find a beach which would fit your requirements. If you want to have a relaxing swim, you have that option by going to the side of the peninsula which isn’t too windy. And if you’re into water sports and would require some waves, you can go to the windy side. Something for everyone.
Tavernas by the beach is numerous as well in Chalkidiki, we had our lunch/dinner in Christoforos Taverna and stayed there for 7 hours straight. I’m not kidding. We did eat and drink a lot during that 7 hours and as expected, almost everyone fell asleep as soon as we all got back home. Only the drunkards stayed up.
I always have the best time whenever I’m in Chalkidiki mainly because of the company I’m with. The Greek Mister’s friends are some of the best people I’ve ever met and I do look forward to seeing them whenever we’re in Greece. Spending the weekend with them and a friend of mine who flew all the way from Qatar to join me for this leg of the trip made the experience totally worthwhile. As they say – in life it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.
Here’s an extremely short video of our weekend in Chalkidiki. 🙂
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