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    Posted: 02 May 2012 at 9:21am
I am staying in Kriopigi in June has anyone been here that can tell me some nice places to visit. Also do the sunbeds on the beach belong to the bars so if you buy drinks etc the beds are free?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2012 at 3:18am
Hello Turner,
I stayed in Kriopigi last June at The Kassandra Bay Hotel. Kriopigi itself is a small village on the main road with an older part behind the petrol station, there is a village square with a really good taverna in it.
Most of the places to stay are on the winding road down to the beach which is about a 20 minute walk down. There is a small train that runs to the beach owned by the bigger hotel on the main Road anyone can use that as well for 1 euro I think.
If you don't want to hire a car the bus service is good to visit other resorts in both directions some livelier  than Kriopigi, or you can walk along the beach if you take a right turn for miles and miles passing various parts which have sunbeds which you can use if you purchase a drink.
Turn left at the beach and you have the most beautiful strip of beach backed by mountains and what I can only describe as a gorge opening on to the beach.
Truly stunning area, the only downside was the dreary journey from the airport, nothing nice to look at, unlike Corfu which is breathtakingly staggering whichever way you look and wherever you go.
Hope that was of help.
Where are you staying by the way?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2012 at 7:31am
We stayed further down in Halkidki 3 years ago at Pefkohori.
We travelled all round the peninsula. We got a lot of information from another forum, Halkidiki.com.
I will post as much of it as I have got and can remember but somebody gave us same great advice on places to visit.
If there is one restaurant you must visit if it is still there, it is called Villa Stassi. I will try and find out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2012 at 3:33am
Thank you we are also staying at the Kassandra Bay and have hired a car for 2 days.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2012 at 3:36am
Thank you I will look at the other forum.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2012 at 4:09am
Hi should of asked what you thought of the hotel?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2012 at 6:48am
Here is the info as promised copied over from the Halkidiki forum.
 
(Lots of car hire places about. Kriopigi Cars we have used and they were good. We have also used ones from the airport.

You could visit Vergina which is about 3-4 hours away. Brilliant museum built around tomb of Philip of Macedonia and really unique.

Locally on Kassandra. Loutra at the end is nice. Go to Villa Stasa for lunch, a Greek taverna with a fantastic view, good prices and portions, and not many foreign tourists. Also at Villa Stassa you can go down to the sea and snorkel around the rocks etc. Lovely location and in June will not be too busy.

Drive all around Kassandra. You can do it in a day easily (it is only about 1-1 1/2 hours drive round) and see most places. Paliori an old Greek village, nothing much there but nice to drive round the back. Agia Paraskevi is a lovely old Greek village with a taverna and a couple of cafes. Mainly Greek people go there and there are some lovely houses. On your side (as opposed to our side!) there is Pefkochori, Hanioti - a tourist village, but nice to visit and people watch with lovely beach and lots of bars and tavernas and snack bars, Polichrono - nice village with a lovely beach and good village centre. Kriopigi - set on the road, but walk up to the old square and eat at Anthoulas (evenings only) for food not found elsewhere. On the main road Sweet Coffee Shop for crepes, home made pizza and much more, and a lovely sea view balcony just opened, owned by our friends Morfy and Sakis, they will make you feel welcome. Also on main road Casablanca bar for a drink and chat with Debbie (Welsh) and her husband Tony (Greek). They do English snacks, but it is so friendly to go for a coffee or drink there.

Kallithea - mainly Russians there nowadays, and we personally do not like it much anymore. However Ouzerie Paramethi is a nice taverna on the main road, although it has tables at the side and back and is set out very Greek style, although obviously it is a tourist taverna. Having said that, the food is very good.

Kassandrea, the main town and market is on a Tuesday. Quite a few new shops opened up of late, but mainly Greek shoppers apart from Market day. Nice to sit out for a coffee and some cheese pie.

Siviris, look past the dull entrance which has come about this year as they chopped all the trees back after a flood last September. But go down to the jetty and look to your left. Thin stretch of beach, hardly ever full til August, walk even further along and round a corner to find two isolated bays.

Fourka, well we personally do not like Fourka beach, but many people do. Go down and take a look and decide for yourselves. Mola Kaliva, where we live. Two supermarkets, two tavernas, two snack bars and a bar. Pebbly shingle beach but never full and the cleanest clearest water.

Nea Skioni. Nice fishing village with a newly built marina, not quite finished mind you. Nice Greek village but just starting to build more and there is a new hotel there now. Set along the waterfront, nice and easy going.

Then you can go round Sithonia. Lots of nice places, a bit more isolated and more beautiful. Nice to visit, but we would not live there 7 months like we do here as everywhere is so far apart. Vourvourou is beautiful, so is Nea Marmaras. Lots of other nice villages and seaside towns, but to go from Kassandra and drive all round, with perhaps a two hour beach stop and one hour lunch stop will take you a full day. Worth it though.

If your nerves can stand it, drive to Thessaloniki A wonderful city. You can find parking but it is expensive. Visit Aristotles Square, the old market and the port area.

You can drive up to Arnea in the mountains where they make Flokati rugs. We have not been up for over ten years, but hear it is still beautiful and rugs still made, although perhaps they are more tourist savvy now !

Sani - (Sani area is lovely although we feel it has been spoilt by the hotels taking over one of the best beaches ever).

More villages on the way to Thessaloniki, Nea Potidea nice place, Nea Fokea nice fishing village. Go to Nea Moudania (Wed is market day). Old Greek working town, nothing flashy but a few nice shops and lots of everyday shops - the fishmongers are amazing to look at ! Bigger than it appears at first glance you need to walk up and down every road, and the main road down to the sea, to see all the shops.

Thats enough to digest for now I think. Let me know if you want to know anything else.)
 
We would definately recommend the visit to Vergina. Looks nothing from outside but very interesting museum. Google it.
Also on our way back, we saw a sign for a monastry. Took the road, which went on and on. Very bendy. Ended at a monastry. Turned out to be the monastry of St.John the Baptist. 3 chapels, a rock one to a more modern one. It overlooked a ravine absolutely fantstic view, and we were even given refreshments by the priest! This was found purely by accident by following a brown tourist sign(I Think)
It really is possible to drive round the peninsula that easily. from where you are staying head south and just follow the road round. We did find that at Pefkohori you get a lot of weekenders influx from Bosnia, and the place got busy! So may want to do it midweek.
History wise the peninsula is not like Corfu. The development seems much more modern and if you are looking for traditional greek it may not be that easy, that is what we found. But don't let me put you off. We had a lovely time.
Also note the driving around Thessaloniki is not for the faint hearted! They come at you all directions, and you really need to be aware.
 
If I think of more I'll post
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