Chalkidiki is a peninsula in northern Greece, and part of the periphery of Central Macedonia. The autonomous Mount Athos region is part of the peninsula, but not of the peripheral unit. The capital of Chalkidiki is the main town of Polygyros, located in the centre of the peninsula.
Coordinates: 40°20′N 23°30′E
The Cholomontas mountains lie in the northcentral part of Chalkidiki. Chalkidiki consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three “fingers” Pallene (now Kassandra), Sithonia, and Agion Oros (the ancient Acte), which contains Mount Athos and its monasteries. Chalkidiki borders on the peripheral unit of Thessaloniki to the north.
Its most populous municipalities are Moudania, Kallikrateia, Polygyros, and Kassandra. Its largest towns are Nea Moudania, Nea Kallikrateia and the main town of Polygyros.
There are many summer resorts on the beaches of all three fingers where other minor towns and villages are located, such as at Yerakini (Gerakina Beach), Neos Marmaras (Porto Carras), Ouranoupolis, Nikiti, Psakoudia, Kallithea (Pallene/Pallini, Athos), Sani Resort and more.
Polygyros is the capital of Chalkidiki. The town is built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a plateau on the south west side of the mountain Cholomontas. It is south of Greek National Road 16 (Thessaloniki – Arnaia).
Polygyros is famous for its carnival celebrations, which attracts visitors from all over Greece. A nearby location called Panagia (Virgin Mary) is the setting of a famous religious celebration on August 15. Also, cultural societies are active in the fields of folk music and dance. Classic and modern music is cultivated in the municipal conservatory.
The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros is a museum in Polygyros. Its collection consists of archaeological finds from Chalkidiki, such as sculptures, reliefs, pottery, weapons and jewelry.
Accommodation in Chalkidiki:
• Chalkidiki Travel Guide
• Port Authorities, Camping sites, Diving Centers and Golf Courses
• Chalkidiki Accommodation
• Hotels in Chalkidiki with booking.com
• Hostels in Chalkidiki