Kriopigi – Halkidiki

 

Transfer Time – 1 hour 30 minutes

Best For – families and couples looking for a relaxed, traditional resort

Kriopigi is located on the most westerly peninsular of Kassandra. Probably one of the more scenic resorts, with a beautiful backdrop of pine trees and olive groves all the way down to the stunning beach, it really is beautiful and even if you don’t stay here on your holiday, you should try and come for the day, its truly stunning.

Daytimes in Kriopigi are generally spent around the many pools in the resort or spent lazily on the fantastic beach, with masses of golden sand, gently shelving into the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, perfect and safe for little ones who want to paddle and play in the shallow surf. There are a limited number of water sports on the beach, however a short bus ride will take you into neighbouring Kalithea and Polichrono where there is a massive choice and are particularly great for diving. There are many smaller coves too, perfect for complete privacy and relaxation and all with in a small stroll from the main beach too.

Night-life is very laid back, generally spent over a meal and a few drinks, chatting with other holiday makers and getting to know the locals. There are a good choice of places to wine and dine, snack bars and cafés and a few international restaurants offering English, Italian, Chinese and Indian, however the most popular if the Greek taverna, serving up mountains of fresh fish, local meat and fresh salads, and often served along side a traditional floor show of Greek dancing, handkerchief dances and plate smashing, all washed down with a local retsina wine or a beer or two, perfect entertainment for all the family. There are a handful of bars and pubs where you can take a drink or two or try a cocktail, but on the whole it is very laid back and quiet.

Kriopigi is heaven in itself however should you wish to get out of the resort, its location if perfect for getting around. Local buses and car hire are a great way of getting about and seeing the attractions. There are many historical sighs worth a look, Mount Athos, The Royal Tombs of Alexander and the Ruins of Dion to name but a few. Families will love the beaches at Hanioti and Sani, as will water sports lovers, with the huge selection of water sports available there. There are many markets in nearby villages where you can pick up local crafts or gold etc. The surrounding area is very scenic and you can always hire a horse, bike of 4 by 4 and explore this tranquil setting at your leisure.

Halkidiki has something for everyone, regardless of your taste or budget and Thessalonkiki is Greece’s second largest city and well worth a trip, especially for a shopping trip, with many shops, boutiques and souvenirs to be had, The whole area is a dream and its no wonder people return here year after year..

Joanna Baker

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23 years and counting which included 2 years YTS with Team Travel, 3 years in Crete as a rep for LTS/Sunworld. 11 years in Lincoln/TUI (6 years self-employed), 8 years with Low Cost Sunshine

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