Traditional settlements and villages of Halkidiki with special interest, warm people and unique hospitality. Against the backdrop of clear blue waters, exotic beaches and impressive pine forests, the most famous peninsula of Northern Greece becomes the ultimate shelter for winter getaways. Halkidiki can hold the reins firmly in terms of summer entertainment, as it is now considered one of the top travel destinations in Greece, however its mountainous part is also worth exploring.
Picturesque villages with cobbled streets and incredible views, stunning nature and enviable walking routes, unique local flavours and places with deep roots and long history, are waiting for you to discover. Escape from the ordinary and enjoy a pleasant excursion in nature and history. The following 5 traditional settlements of Halkidiki promise you an unforgettable experience!
At a distance of only 3 km from the cosmopolitan Kallithea of Halkidiki is Afytos (also known as Athytos), a village with a traditional character and unique atmosphere. The village is built on a hill offering incredible views of the sea and the impressive Toroneos Gulf, while it stands out for its excellent architecture. Cobbled streets and stone houses, traditional taverns and old mansions come in complete harmony with the natural landscape that surrounds the settlement, creating a result of stunning natural beauty and aesthetics. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the church of Agios Dimitrios, located in the central square of the village and admire the special sculptures of Vassilis Pavlis.
The traditional settlements of Halkidiki may not be limited to 5, however, in our list, it is worth mentioning Arnaia, which is considered one of the most beautiful settlements of mountainous Halkidiki. Built at the foot of Mount Holomontas, at an altitude of 600 m., Arnaia is a place with a prominent architectural character and traditional culture. From the main square and the picturesque alleys, the stone buildings and the houses of Macedonian architecture, the Folklore Museum but also the mansions, Arnaia is a destination that will impress you.
Apart from the famous beaches of Sithonia, there are other reasons to visit this beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki. One of them is the old village of Nikiti, a real jewel that pauses modern life by transporting you to the past. With the preserved stone houses, the huge plane trees, the traditional taverns, the old temples but also the Byzantine atmosphere, the traditional settlement of Nikiti is definitely worth a visit. A walk in the picturesque alleys and a stop in the village square, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional dishes and flavours will convince you.
Remaining in Sithonia, another traditional settlement that is undoubtedly worth discovering is Parthenonas. Built on the slopes of Mount Itamos, Parthenonas is one of the most picturesque villages of Halkidiki, offering a fantastic atmosphere to every visitor. With irresistible views of the endless blue of the sea, with houses and buildings of traditional Macedonian architecture, with wonderful paths and routes in nature, full of oaks and lush vegetation, this traditional village of Halkidiki is the ultimate shelter for a unique excursion.
Finally, our list includes another traditional village of Halkidiki, which is typical for its picturesqueness and history. So to speak, the charming Palaiokastro is a village in the mountains of Holomontas. Having been declared a traditional settlement since 1978, Palaiokastro achieves to uniquely marry history with tradition. Located in the early Bronze Age, it managed to survive through the centuries to the present day, transmitting a multitude of customs and traditions. As for the sights, it is worth visiting the homonymous castle which is located at an altitude of 767 m., offering a wonderful view, to tour the stone preserved houses, to visit the old primary school and its churches, to admire the ruins of the stone bridges but also to explore the flora of the surrounding area that is full of natural beauties.
Other more popular and other less, other mountainous and other seaside, but all of them are special and impressive. The traditional settlements of Halkidiki manage to attract the interest of travellers throughout the year.
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