Located on Halkidiki’s western peninsula, the purpose-built resort of Hanioti caters to the needs of holidaymakers. Despite being a modern resort with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants, the village has a traditional feel thanks to its winding streets and main square. The Blue Flag beach provides a sandy retreat from the quaint winding streets of the town and there are plenty of activities such as scuba diving and go-karting to keep even the most active family entertained!
Hanioti’s Blue Flag approved beach spans 5 km to the neighbouring holiday town of Pefkohori. It’s sandy in parts and pebbly in others, so dress appropriately for both. There are plenty of sun loungers available if you fancy a lazy day but don’t overlook getting into the ocean. The clear waters are a great place to snorkel and there are plenty of little coves to discover, plus you’ll find all the usual water sports, and there are even a few diving schools where you can get your PADI certification.
Back on dry land though you’ll find some modern beach bars which are great for an afternoon snack.
During the day, why not entertain the family by having a game of mini-golf for an hour or two? Alternatively, grab a hire car and enjoy the countryside of Hanioti and seek out those secluded beaches that are so peaceful and quiet.
It’s also well worth considering a boat trip to Mount Athos. This mountain hosts around 20 Greek Orthodox monasteries, where monks have lived the same lifestyle for over a millennium. It’s forbidden to visit this timeless treasure, so a boat trip around the coast is the only way to see its magnificent buildings.
Greece’s northern capital, Thessaloniki, is also well worth the 96-kilometre drive for a day trip. The city boasts a number of UNESCO world heritage sites, such as the Arch of Galerius and the old city walls. If you prefer something more active, there’s also the Waterland waterpark not far away.
The evening is the best time to do some shopping because this is when the street merchants set up. No one packs up before midnight, so you’ll have plenty of time to browse the locally made ceramics and other goods.
Greek food has a lot to offer all tastes, whether you enjoy seafood, meat, or vegetable dishes. While moussaka is a tried-and-tested classic, be sure to try out the many other options, such as kleftiko, which is made from slow-roasted lamb, and stifado, a rich beef stew with shallots. The square in the middle of the resort is full of cafes and the winding streets leading off the square are home to locally-owned restaurants and tavernas.
While Hanioti isn’t a party village, there’s a good selection of lively bars in and around the main square. If you fancy cocktails, head over to the Kelfos cocktail bar and maybe take part in some karaoke. Most bars stay open until the last person leaves, but there’s also a 24-hour bar at the beach if you want to make it late.