Holiday Apartment in Halkidiki
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Fully Air Conditioned 2 double bedroom self-catering apartment in Nea Kallikratea, 7-8 mins walking distance from the beach, 20 mins drive from Macedonia Airport ( Thessaloniki).
2 Double bedrooms- 1 with a double bed and 1 with two single beds. Wardrobes
A big corner sofa in the living room ( can sleep up to 2).
A modern bathroom with a bath.
Kitchen/dinning/living area with a corner sofa, dining table with 4/6 chairs, Fridge/Freezer, Cooker/Oven, Washing Machine, Coffee Machine, cutlery & crockery, Iron and ironing board,TV
3 balconies with awnings/canopies
Cotbed/ Highchair on request
Loungers on request
First floor apartment with securely locked entrance and a lift. Free parking
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Nea Kallikratia 600 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Macedonia 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
The Macedonia region
Macedonia, the kingdom of Alexander the Great, is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, rich in natural beauty, history, and archaeology and great food. Thessaloniki, its capital, is the most cosmopolitan city in Greece.
Macedonia is one of the most beautiful regions of Greece, and an area which will grow in importance as the commercial and cultural center of the Balkans in the years to come.
4000 years of history is a very conservative estimate for Macedonia because in the Petrolona Cave in Halkidiki they found the 700,000 year old remains of one of the earliest inhabitants of the country we now know of as Greece. In the Neolithic period which followed, people lived in mudbrick houses, cultivated the land and made utensils and art from clay. The small clay idols from Nea Nikomidia (6.000 B.C.) and the clay heads from Drama (4.000 B.C.) reveal their sensitivity and their attempts at self-expression.
By 2300 BC the people who appeared upon the scene began making weapons with iron, and jewlery of bronze, reaching new heights in civilization and showing signs of the culture we now know of as Greek. Many of these artifacts have been found in the funeral mounds of Vergina .
During the Archiac period the area began to be colonized by Greeks from the south, bringing Macedonia into contact with the rest of the Greek world and introducing art and architecture from Athens, Corinth and Ionian Greece, the coast of what is now Turkey.
In the classical period the Greek influence became even more pronounced and with the reigns of Phillip and his son Alexander the Great. The palace became home to painters, poets, philosophers (including Aristotle) and musicians from all over the world. It was during this period that Macedonia became what the USA is today, the dominant world power, due to the exploits of Alexander. This introduced Greek culture to the east and eastern culture to Macedonia and the rest of Greece and influenced these cultures in a way never seen before in history. Alexander was arguably the greatist influence on the course of mankind up to that time and in the centuries to follow.
Saint Paul brought Christianity to Greece, traveling around Macedonia preaching and teaching the word of God and later in the Byzantine era, Thessaloniki became the second most important city in the empire. The churches and monasteries of this period contain some of the finest examples of Byzantine art and architecture found on the planet and the monastic state of Mount Athos has existed in its present state for over 1000 years. Even during the Turkish occupation after the fall of Constantinople the holy mountain was left alone and became the center of Hellenic culture during this dark period of Greek history. The rest of Macedonia was not so lucky as the conquerors swept through , pillaging as they went, until the day came when they were subdued by the effect of the civilization they encountered, which always had something new to show them. It can be said that Turkish culture was changed as much as the Hellenic culture was changed, by the centuries of occupation.
Now Macedonia is the second largest prefecture in Greece and its capital, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. The beautiful Prespa lakes are one of Europes most important bird sanctuaries and Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. Thessaloniki is rich in culture and is perhaps the most entertaining city in Greece when it comes to nightlife and eating out and is the birthplace of some of Greece's finest musicians and basketball players. The city of Kastoria on lake Orestiada is concidered to be Greece's most beautiful city by the Greeks themselves. The Halkidiki Peninsula with its three prongs of Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos run from crowded tourist resorts to beautiful remote beaches all the way to simple monasticism.
If you are looking for an area to explore, either by car or local bus, or just a place to settle in and get to know the region and its people, then Macedonia will not disappoint you.
Southeast of Thessaloniki is the peninsula of Halkidiki which boasts some of the finest beaches in all of Greece.
At one time the prime destination for Germans and othe Europeans, the area's popularity has receded only slightly because of the difficulties in driving through what was once Yugoslavia. People still come here in droves and unless you book in advance you may not find a place, especially in August. On the other hand the campsites seem to always have room and are well organized. Yes, there are still plenty of tourists there, especially in July and August when most of Thessaloniki comes here, but the beaches can be long, the hotels large and beautiful and there is enough authentic Greek life in the more remote inland villages to make a traveler here not feel like he is missing something somewhere else. The area is not only known for its amazing beaches but also for the mountains, valleys and the splended selection of wildflowers in the spring, which may be the best time to be here to beat the crowds.
POLIGIROS This is the capital of Halkidiki (69 km from Thessaloniki) built amphitheatrically at the foot of Mt. Holomon. There is an archaeological museum containing notable finds from excavations in the surrounding area. Visitors can also see sections of the old quarter of the town.
KASSANDRA is the most westerly of the three prongs of Halkidiki. It is remarkable for its extensive beaches, pine forests and small villages as well as for the impact tourism has had upon it. It is difficult to get away from it all but if you like discos, fast food, motorbikes you may be quite happy here, provided you can find a place to stay. The entire Kassandra peninsula has several major hotels and organized camping grounds, many surrounded by woods and close to the beaches.There are also many smaller hotels and rooms available though difficult to find without booking in advance.
By the village of Petralona the famous cave is worth visiting. It is located along the west foothills of Mt Katsika at an altitude of 250 m. It is one of the most important caves with paleontological interest. The total length of the corridors comes to 1,900 m. and it is adorned with wonderful stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. It was first explored in 1959 by Mr J. Petrocheilos, then president of the Greek Speleological Society who named it "Kokines Petres" (Red Rocks). In 1960 a 700,000 year old human skull was found here.The cave is open from 9 to 5 daily.
SITHONIA is less tourist-infested than Cassandra though it still boasts some of the areas most popular and attractive resorts including the Porto Carras Grand Resort and Golf Course, one of the largest and best in Greece. There are still small hidden sandy beaches particularly on the east coast where you can get away, at least for awhile until another person seeking solitude arrives. The ruins of ancient Olinthos, built by Athenian colonists is near the village of the same name. The southern most tip of the Sithonion is your best bet for dramatic scenery. The village of Kalamitsi is probably the least commercial resort in the area, an excellent beach, some nice fish tavernas and rooms to rent. The village of Sarti has yet to take the plunge into obscene commercialism though it is popular with Germans and Austrians and visitors from Eastern Europe. I wanted to stay here because of its long sandy beach, and smaller beaches hidden among rocky out-croppings and mostly because there were lots of beautiful women in bikinis but my wife insisted on staying at Vourvourou which was a wooded area sheltered by some small islands with beautiful sea, but inhabited mainly by university professors and professionals from Thessaloniki. It had a terrific seafood taverna , the oddly named Gorgona e Poulman, and some nice inexpensive (and expensive) hotels, but while Sarti had a pleasant sea breeze, Vourvourou was on the hot and humid side when we were there. In fairness we were there doing a summer heat wave. If you came here during normal weather it might be one of those places you went back to every year. Further down the coast we would drive down any posted or unposted roads that looked like they led to the sea and found some nice beaches, some secluded and others taken over by campsites. If you are traveling with a recreational vehicle or with a tent, Sithonia is a good place to go to meet like-minded travelers.
MOUNT ATHOS or in Greek Agio Oros is to Greece as the Vatican is to Rome, a religious state within a state. To get a clear idea just imagine the Byzantine empire getting smaller and smaller until it only covered the eastermost penisula of Halkidiki, a wooded, mountainous, and rugged land with few roads, a few dozen monasteries and smaller spiritual settlements. Its a beautiful place, maybe the most magical place in Greece. The catch is you can't go there if you are a woman and you can only go for 4 days if you are a man and you need special permission to stay there. But you can get as far as Ouranopoulos which has beaches, hotels, seafood tavernas and is the last town before the no-mans-land between the Holy mountain and the un-holy rest of the world. For those who do have permission there is a daily boat from here to the port of Daphne, the entry point for pilgrims and monks. For women, or men who are satisfied seeing the monasteries from a distance there are excursion boats that sail around Mount Athos.
Nea Kallikratia is approxiametly 35-40 km from Thessaloniki. There are a multitude of ways to get here the most obvious being by air which is the easiest although not the cheapest option if you plan to travel during the sunner months. In this case you are not restricted to the two or three scheduled airlines which operate all year round. Because of it's unique location on the coast of Central Halkidiki you have to pass it to get to any other resort on the Kassandra or Sithonia penninsula's and so it is easily accessible by all modes of transport except that of any train.
Nea Kallikratia can be reached from Thessaloniki by bus or coach as well as an expensive taxi ride, or from the airport you may find it easier to travel into Thessaloniki to get the regular bus service which is also the cheapest form of travel to the resort. If you hire a car there are a multitude of car hire agencies both in Thessaloniki and at Makedonia airport to meet your requirements, all of which depend on how deep your wallet is. After hiring a car it is no more than a 30 minute trip from the airport or 45 minutes from the city, except for Friday afternoon's during the summer when the roads are busy with everyone from the city flocking to the coasts for the weekend.
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