Halkidiki is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece. It is a top destination that offers many fantastic hidden gems to explore. Check out here the top hidden gems in Halkidiki you must visit.
Halkidiki is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions of Greece and one could say the whole region is a hidden gem by itself. From lush green forests, incredible mountainous landscapes, tiny traditional villages, ancient ruins to marvelous monasteries, Halkidiki’s diversity is uncanny.
The area is mainly known for its three peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos, which are dramatically different. Kassandra is rather cosmopolitan while Sithonia offers rural landscapes of wild nature and small folk villages. However, Athos mainly consists of a secluded monastic community, thus it has unspoiled nature and vast lush mountainous landscapes.
With such diverse landscapes Halkidiki has several beautiful hidden gems so let’s check out the top hidden gems you must visit in Halkidiki.
Drenia islands are a complex of islets right opposite Ouranoupoli and 2 miles away from the popular Ammouliani island. Drenia is the largest islet, and all around it, there is a collection of uninhabited rocks, creating a beautiful picture of hidden inlets and golden beaches. Drenia is one of the most unspoiled and pristine places you will visit in Halkidiki. To reach the islands, you can rent a boat from Ouranoupoli or paddle your own canoe to explore every little islet.
Between the villages Varvara and Olympiada, you will find two amazing waterfalls in a forest full of taxus, alders, lindens, beeches, and wild hazels. The little haven will bring you a feeling of calmness and serenity. It takes a short walk to discover this wonderful place. The wooden bridges and the marks on the path complete this unique and peaceful landscape. It is ideal for families with kids who will be thrilled.
Ancient Stagira is the birthplace of Aristotle, the greatest philosopher of ancient times and the tutor of Alexander the Great. The city was founded in ca. 655 B.C. by colonists from the island of Andros. Stagira was a free, independent, and prosperous city until the city was occupied by king Philip II of Macedon in 349 B.C. Stagira never recovered its former brilliance, but as Aristotle’s birthplace, it had become famous for its annual festival in his honor, the “Aristoteleia.”
St Paul’s Church
On the eastern side of Nea Fokea, St Paul’s church is one of the most appealing and interesting landmarks due to its Holy Water. It is just across the road from the small fishing harbor of Nea Fokea, within a cave. The rock work and heavy wooden door evoke the time when St Paul walked that very same path, going through the entry and down the steps leading into the place where he lived. The story goes that St Paul hid here to keep safe from his persecutors during his missionary journey.