Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki is considered to be the ideal place for a wide range of activities that could be performed by its numerous visitors. Just a careful selection of them is mentioned below, grouped as follows:
Yacht sailing is another popular local treat. The summer’s rays and cool night breeze make gliding through the waters all the more enjoyable. Daily cruises to the monasteries of Mount Athos, the ‘Holy Mountain’, are also available from the ports at Ouranoupoli and Ormos Panagias.
Finally, if you wish to unwind, don’t hesitate to visit the thermal springs at Agia Paraskevi, whose therapeutic, mineral-rich waters come complete with swimming pools, saunas and hydro-massage facilities.
Countless opportunities are also available to ambitious cyclists, who can plan their course through the easygoing coastal roads, or the more challenging ones on the hills above the coastal villages of the area. Almost all of these routes can be navigated digitally on Google Maps or Bing Maps.
Enthusiasts of ancient Greece will be enamoured by the sanctuary of Ammon Zeus in Kallithea, the ruins of the town of Olynthos, and the city walls at Potidea. Other time-honoured gems include the temple of Poseidon at Cape Possidi, also host to a self-revolving 19th century lighthouse. Keen museum-goers will come across a fine selection of Byzantine artefacts at the Ioustinianos Centre of Byzantine Culture at Nea Flogita.
A number of Halkidiki’s wetland marshes, such as the bird sanctuary near Nea Fokea, are protected by the European Natura network. Access to these areas is regulated, which makes seeing them up close especially rewarding.
At the same time, Kassandra has many quiet places by the sea, which are best suited for relaxing with your partner or family. Polychrono is one of these locations: full of laid-back spots that are ideal for couples, with child-friendly shallow waters.
You can also join one of the local cultural events, such as the festival of Siviri, a celebrated platform for classical and traditional Greek music, or the Sani Festival, a melting pot of jazz, cinema, and the performing arts.