Mainland must-see: the Halkidiki peninsula


Golden sand beaches on the Halkidiki peninsula in the Central Macedonia region of Greece

Golden sand beach crescents in Halkidiki’s beautiful West Sithonia region. The photo is from the Greece in Photos Facebook page. Click on the picture to view a full-size image.


Marvellous Macedonia: I wish I had longer holidays so I could spend more time exploring mainland Greece.  One of the regions I’m eager to see is Macedonia, home to the city of Thessaloniki and to the stunning landscapes and seascapes of the Halkidiki peninsula. Marathias (pictured above) is just one among scores of beautiful beaches in Halkidiki. The gorgeous 200-meter-long golden sand beach, with a separate smaller strand nearby, is situated about 4 km south of Toroni in the peninsula’s West Sithonia region.  Below is a Halkidiki Tourism Organization promotional video that shows some of the sights, scenery and activities that draw visitors to this dynamic area of mainland Greece.




  1. I would also reccommend Asprovalta as another great Halkidiki resort visited by me in 2012. It really has wonderful beaches, cheap accommodation and cool discos.

  2. Hi,
    I like your blog very much, excellent work.
    This beach is definitely not Marathias. Marathias is the last beach of Sithonia on the west side. Here is a link to a panoramic photo of actual Marathias, taken from my sailboat this 2016 summer.
    Feel free to use the link.

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