Halkidiki is a peninsula with three "legs" extending into the Aegean, located in the north of Greece. Situated only 90 miles from the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki, and 30 miles from the Thessaloniki airport, it is easy to come and go as you please during your holiday if you are in the mood for a more urban cosmopolitan setting.
Some of the best hotels on the "first leg" of the peninsula are to be found in the Sani complex. The Hotel Sani Beach Club(5 star) is a large area ecologically protected, filled with the mainland’s vegetation, evergreens and pine trees, and borders with a small private marina on the seafront. There are too many things for you to do here than I could possibly describe.Sani Beach Hotel(4 star) is on the Sani cape and is surrounded by sandy beaches. There are restaurants, clubs, bars, tavernas in the resort itself, but being on the mainland means that your options are limitless if you choose to take the bus or drive in any direction. If you get tired of the white sandy beaches you can always drive to Thessaloniki and get some serious shopping done.
Have been to Corfu and Crete but never been to mainland Greece. How do you get there and what are the prices for hotels?
Mainland Greece has more to offer (in my opinion) than the islands do. There are two major airports in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The area I talked about in the post is called Halkidiki and is about an hour's drive from Thessaloniki airport.
Prices are similar to the islands, but it all has to do with how luxurious you want your accomodations to be.
I have not explored southern Greece as much so I don't know any significant mainland locations down there apart from Athens.
You might also want to look at Litochoro (the village at the foot of Mt. Olympus) and Pilio (a mountain with a series of villages overlooking the sea). Both areas combine mountain and seaside holidays (which is great when you want to sleep at night and the temperature drops to comfortable levels in the mountain), there are restaurants, bars and clubs to be found, and there is a regular bus service to take you from the mountain to the sea if you don't drive.
Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.
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