Halkidiki is situated in the northern part of Greece, southeast of
Thessaloniki. Halkidiki is the 'trident' with its three distinct peninsulas
consisting of Kassandra in the west, Sithonia in the centre and the Agios Oros
with Mount Athos, in the east. There are few rivers in the Prefecture and those
that exist are torrents as the distance between the mountains and the sea is
very short. Over 50 per cent of the Prefecture is covered in forests with
oak, pine and beech trees, especially to the east where there is more rainfall
with large crops of olive and citrus fruit.
Poligiros is the capital of Halkidiki, 69 km from Thessaloniki and 590 km
from Athens. A town built amphitheatrically on the side of Mount Profitis Elias
offering residents and visitors a fascinating view.
The peninsula of Agios Oros is dedicated to religious contemplation and study
with many churches and monasteries, some on inaccessible peaks.
The area is considered as 'heavenly', in more ways than one, with many
secluded coves and beaches.