The region of Halkidiki lies southeast from Thessaloniki. It is known for its jutting peninsulas, Mediterranean forests and sandy beaches in warm, sheltered bays. The region is often described as having three 'legs' — Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos peninsulas.
Kassandra, the westernmost peninsula, is the most developed, offering modern resorts and nightclubs.
Sithonia, also known as Longos, offers over a 100 beaches, cute villages and is a popular destination for families.
Athos is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox church. Its main point of interest, Mount Athos, is home to 20 monasteries.