5 best beaches on Kassandra, Halkidiki

On the west side of Halkidiki is the peninsula of Kassandra. It is one and a half hours away from Thessaloniki, and every summer attracts many visitors who long for the serenity of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the massive tourism, which endangers the authenticity of the area, Kassandra keeps its character.

This article is a short guide to the best beaches in Kassandra, Halkidiki. It is worth mentioning that all beaches that we will suggest here are awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of waters and landscapes. These are our favorites.

1) Sani Beach

Sani Beach belongs to the luxurious hotel complex Sani Resort. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on Kassandra, with white sand, a shoal and a turquoise sea, and near the beach there is a protected area because of rare bird species which have decided to make it their home. The only part of the beach that’s available for visitors who are not guests of the complex is the one in front of the Anemos cafe. This part is often crowded, especially during the weekend, when many Thessalonians come there. During the holiday season a parking spot can be charged up to 20 euros (included with the complex entrance fee), while free parking is possible at 400-500 m away from the beach. The resort is worth visiting; it has a wonderful park that you can go for a walk in, you can visit their church and a luxurious marina and swim or sunbathe at the really beautiful beach. At Sani beach you can also witness a very nice sunset. Sani is one of the examples of beaches that truly are top quality, and it can definitely compete with any beach of Sithonia, but the most of it, unfortunately, belongs to the hotel.

2) Kallithea Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches of Kassandra. The beach is long, with several meters of shoal, and a turquoise sea. The sand is very fine and soft, and the sea is beautiful and clear. The right part of the city beach in Kallithea (towards Kriopigi) is slightly worse than the left one (in front of Zeus and Margarita Sea Side hotels), because of the rocks in the water and because the beach is a little narrower, but that makes it less crowded, and lets it have nicer bars and more greenery in the rear.

3) Golden Beach

Going further towards Pefkohori, after Paliouri, we’ll come across another large bay called Golden beach. It’s a beach similar to Xenia (Paliouri), except that instead of fine sand it has small or somewhat larger gravel. This beach is less crowded and more peaceful, situated in a lee, so there are no waves or wind. The water is unrealistically clean and quiet, and in the rear of the beach there’s a forest. The beach has a little bit of natural shade, so you should get there early. The depth is gradual, so this beach is also good for families with children. The best part of the beach or the part with the best water entrance (without stones) is the rightmost part of the beach, looking toward the sea. The beach has some organizes parts, but there’s much more space for people who carry their own equipment.

4) Possidi Cape (Faros) beach

Possidi Cape in Possidi is actually a sandbar that stretches deep into the sea. It’s a really interesting part of the coast, a miniature sandy peninsula. Vehicles are parked at the beginning of the sandbar, near the camp and the famous lighthouse, so you have to continue on foot to the beach. The beach is not arranged, there are neither beach bars nor sunbeds, so it is necessary to take food, water and parasols. At the beginning of the sandbar you’ll feel like you’re in a sandy desert, but as you approach the peak you will be stunned but the fact that the sea is on both sides of the sandbar. It often happens that one side (towards Possidi) is windy, while the other (towards Aigeopelagitika) is very quiet.

5) Chrousso Bay (Paliouri)

Chrousso Bay is in fact a big beach with a lot of bars. The beach is also called Paliouri, because it is right next to this place. The name Xenia can also be used for this beach, as well as Koursaros, Blue fish, Cabana, Lefki Ammos beach, Poumpas, Seazon and all of these names were given after bars that exist or used to exist on this beach. Xenia is the most commonly used name. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on Kassandra. It is recognizable by its fine flour-like sand and a very long shoal extending up to 30 m into the water. The water is very clean and clear, and the sea is calm. This beach is a paradise for children. The most beautiful part of the beach, the part with the finest sand, is on the right, looking towards the sea, in front of Seazon bar, close to a small marina where boats depart for cruises.