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Our favourite experiences in Halkidiki

Halkidiki is a place close to our hearts. The sun-soaked region in Northern Greece is bursting with character, luxury, and glamour, making it the perfect destination for family holidays and romantic getaways. With our luxury partners, Sani Resort, IKOS and Eagles Palace, we’re delighted to share some of the best ways to experience Halkidiki with you, with highlights including private car tours, scenic hikes, and yachting excursions. Following these suggestions, you will be creating wonderful memories with your loved ones in this Mediterranean paradise.

Sani Resort

Birdwatching & Beekeeping

Situated in the heart of a 1,000-acre private nature reserve, Sani Resort sits at the intersection of three exquisite natural worlds: the sea, forest, and wetlands. As part of the Sani Green programme, guests can experience the natural wonder of the reserve through eco-activities such as birdwatching and beekeeping. In the company of expert eco-guides, embark on a 2.5km trail through the Sani Wetlands, where you will discover an incredible array of birds including many rare and endangered species. Another excellent nature activity to enjoy is beekeeping. Halkidiki has a long history of beekeeping, spanning more than 2,500 years. On our luxury holidays to Halkidiki, get up close and meet the bees in their natural habitat, learn about their fascinating life and sample some of the many local honey products.

Private Volvo Tour

Whilst there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied within the resorts, those who are eager to discover what lies beyond should embark on a chauffeur-driven private tour of Halkidiki. In an exclusive partnership with Volvo, guests can enjoy a two-hour excursion across the Kassandra Peninsula in the comfort of a luxury Volvo limousine, learning about the history of the surrounding area from your knowledgeable driver. Taking you along the picturesque coastline, zip down lush forest tracks, through ancient olive groves and along winding clifftop paths, taking in spectacular views of Mount Olympus and the glittering Aegean Sea along the way. Conclude the tour in Afytos where you can soak up the view whilst enjoying a bottle of champagne and fresh strawberries.

Olive Grove Tour

Olive oil has played a role in Greek history, culture, and cuisine for millennia and remains a key element of the famously healthy Greek Mediterranean diet. During your stay at Sani, set out on an olive grove tour, where you will learn all about olives and the different olive oil varieties. Discover the importance of olives in Greek culture and tradition, from the cultivation of olive trees to their produce and when it should be used. Throughout the tour, you will get the opportunity to taste different collections of olives and olive oil. Finally, contribute to the grove by planting your own olive tree.

Koutsoupia-Siviri Hiking Trail

This tree-lined trail, which follows a wetland path along the dramatic cliff tops between Sani Resort and Siviri village, is one of the most gorgeous walks in Halkidiki, offering magnificent views from the forest to the sea. The valley of Koutsoupia is home to a wide variety of flora, including oak trees and other plant species rarely found in Halkidiki. The full length of the trail is 20 km and it’s recommended to arrange a transfer for the return rather than retrace your steps. If you prefer a shorter walk, stop after the ancient excavations area between Sani and Siviri (approx. 5 km).

Ikos Resorts

Mini Drive Adventure

What better way to explore the spectacular local scenery of Halkidiki and all it has to offer than on a luxury self-drive adventure? Available at Ikos Oceania and Olivia, the Mini Drive Adventure allows you to get a real feel for the island from the comfort of a brand-new Mini. Using the Ikos mobile app, which is packed with information on all the top local destinations, enjoy the freedom of the open roads on this exciting excursion, perfect for the whole family. Whether you are going in search of a beautifully secluded cove, the best family beaches, the ideal spot for watching the sunset or to take in the local culture and historical sites, the Mini Drive Adventure promises a wonderful day of discovery.

Eagles Palace


Discover Halkidiki’s hidden wonders on a private cruise aboard Eagle Palace’s brand-new, state-of-the-art Axopar 28 T-top yacht, the ultimate motorboat for leisurely day trips. With a capacity for seven adults, there is ample space for sunbathing, and the well-equipped bar will keep you refreshed all day long. Opt to be accompanied by an experienced skipper or rent the boat to discover the area on your own. Famous for crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches, explore the neighbouring islands of Ammouliani and Drenia, located just five minutes from the resort. Slightly further afield, the breathtaking landscape of Vourvourou, located on the Sithonia Peninsula, is a local favourite. Equally impressive is the monastery-lined coast of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity’s most important spiritual centres, which remains largely unchanged since Byzantine times.

Kayaking Trip

Whilst swimming and sunbathing are a given at the resort due to its beachside location, there is also a wide range of water sports on offer for the more adventurous guests. You can join a guided tour or rent a kayak, sailboat, or paddleboard to explore independently. One of the most popular excursions is the guided kayaking trip, which is suitable for all abilities, from experienced paddlers to absolute beginners. Marvel at the beautiful rock formations and vibrant wildlife of the nearby Drenia Islands, stopping off for a refreshing swim in one of the many beautiful, secluded coves, and if you are lucky, you might even spot dolphins as they dash by.


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