I’m already starting to think about where I’d like to go to in 2018. I’ve gone from having seven trips in 2017 to absolutely nothing planned for next year and it’s putting me on edge.
One thing I’ve always wanted to do is rent out a Villa with friends, hire a car- road trip playlist essential- and do a holiday a bit different. I’ve always just stayed in hotels when I’ve been away, so to have the privacy of your own place abroad for a few days or so would be amazing. A long weekend would be just the right amount of time.
When thinking of where I’d like to go, it was a no brainer. I visited Greece for the first time this Summer (I still need to write up about it, I know, I know) and apart from the million of mosquito bites I got, I fell in love with the Country. I just know now to wear insect repellent at all times, rookie mistake.
With 550 kilometres of coastline, unspoilt landscape and plenty of gastronomic and cultural heritage, Halkidiki is the perfect destination. There are plenty of Halkidiki villas to choose from so it’s an ideal location for this dream break I’ve been planning!
Mid-morning flight to Thessaloniki (from £126 return from Manchester)
Once arrived, pick up hire car. The flight takes about three and a half hours from Manchester and it’s just a under ninety minute drive from the airport to Halkidiki, so a mid-morning flight will get you there with plenty of time left in the day.
When deciding where to stay within Halkidiki, the lively village of Hanioti is the perfect place for everyone, whether you want to soak up the sun on the beach or get that adrenaline pumping with some watersports. After dark, it would be rude not to experience the village’s nightlife.
After settling in at your new home for the next few days, head out to catch the last of the sun while having a little explore of your local surroundings before heading back to the villa to get ready for dinner.
For dinner options, a traditional local restaurant that’s nearby is a good shout as you don’t have to travel far but you’re experiencing the local cuisine straight away. Colbri Tavern is situated in the heart of Hanioti and serves up fresh, tasty dishes at a reasonable price while treating guests to live Greek music.
Book transportation (unless you have a designated driver as we’ll be drinking later on!) to the fishing village of Nea Moudania and spend the morning exploring the charming village before settling down for a seafood lunch at Marina Tavern. Watch the world go by while enjoying lunch on the al fresco terrace while the colourful boats come and go at Greece’s busiest fishing harbour.
From Nea Moudania, head to Domaine Porto Carras in Sithonia for an afternoon of wine tasting while overlooking the largest organic vineyard in Greece. Enjoy a tour of the Domaine and experience the grape harvesting and learn all about the methods of wine production before settling down for a unique wine tasting session. Entry is free of charge and is open June, July and August.
Staying in Sithonia, treat yourselves to a luxurious dinner at Bubo Restaurant, the ultimate fine dining experience with breath-taking scenery to match.
For tonight’s entertainment, head to Porto Carras Casino for an evening of fun and thrills before heading back to Hanioti.
This morning is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun after yesterday’s jam-packed day. Head to Hanioti Beach and enjoy the crystal clear waters and pristine white sands.
For lunch, head to one of the many cafes just a stone’s throw away for a local dish. If you’re feeling adventurous this afternoon, have a try at one of the many watersports on offer? And if you’re not feeling it, there’s nothing wrong with continuing the day how it started- relaxing. As the evening draws in, head to one of the beach bars and sip cocktails while watching the sun set in the horizon.
For dinner tonight, Capari’s Restaurant & Pizzeria serves up something for everyone from traditional Greek dishes to delicious pizzas. Make your last night in Halkidiki one to remember by experiencing Hanioti nightlife, including fishbowls at Sunshine Cocktail Bar and dance the night away at Mystique Bar.
Enjoy the last morning in your villa before heading back to the airport for your flight home.