Living close to Halkidiki in Central Macedonia of Northern Greece, makes you a lucky person – for in summer, the beach areas there are known for its natural beauty and clear blue water. I live in Thessaloniki. The 2nd largest city of Greece and named after Alexander the Great’ sister. Thessaloniki is the starting point to go to Halkidiki; a 3-finger shaped peninsula which in Greek is called “Tri-ya Podh-ya”. Halkidiki is also known in other language as “Chalkidiki.”
My first summer swim 2013 started in the 1st leg of Halkidiki, in a town called “Nea Irakleia.” From Thessaloniki, it is less than 30km away. It has an open sea view but to reach the beach area, you have to pass through Aghios Pavlos. You will first enjoy the view of olive tree farms and vineyards. Then upon reaching the swimming area, don’t get surprise that it’s under developed. But this is what people like about Nea Irakleia beaches. They seem to be so far from civilization and it has the natural atmosphere what Greece beaches look like in the past before its development.
THE OPEN SEA OF NEA IRAKLEIA
In Nea Irakleia, you will find raw Greek beaches. There were few bars and restaurants along the seashore that offer sunbeds plus umbrellas when you buy drinks. The price of drinks is “kanoniki”, meaning normal. If you want total privacy, you can hide behind the rocks and be undisturbed for hours. I have to note that there are no rules against vendors here. So if you are sitting on seabeds, expect to be awaken/disturbed by the passing vendors. That’s why it’s better to stay inside the water to avoid them. So far and thankfully, in my 4 years in Greece, I never heard any report of stealing on the beach in Halkidiki. But I definitely want to avoid the vendors because they’re persistent and would even cut off your conversation with your companions to be able to sell their products. Other than that, Nea Irakleia can be a good place to enjoy a daily excursion, but not a favorable place to stay for weeks (for me and Mr. Hubby.) In my opinion, I like the beaches here, because it has a long shallow swimming area. If I am a parent, I would feel safe sitting on the sunbed, drinking frappe or pineapple juice with ease, while my kids play in the water by themselves. Considering my kids are 7 years old and above. The sand here consists of relatively small pebbles but the swimming area has fine sand texture. No big rocks, to avoid slipping or hit injuries. I say thumbs up for safety. Rating: 6 out of 10 (10 as highest) All photos were taken in June 18, 2013. Ok, not officially Summer but it felt like one! 😀
More Summer pictures this season! So how are you going to spend your summer this year?