Halkidiki is special to me. My best childhood friend owns a summer house in Kassandra. Ever since high school, I have been visiting her in summer. When younger, we would spend endless sunny afternoons at the beach bars on Halkidiki’s amazing coastline. Later on, we loved exploring the area with our fiancées. After we got married and had our kids, we kept coming back for beach vacations. Halkidiki is ideal for families and has some of the most beautiful kid-friendly beaches in Greece.
Crystal clear shallow waters, endless white beaches on an infinite coastline, pine trees reaching the sea… It seems almost impossible to select my best beaches in Halkidiki with kids. There are more than 60 beautiful beaches in this green part of Greece. Many of them have been awarded by the Blue Flag Organization. In fact, Halkidiki offers the most Blue Flag beaches in Greece. You’ll see as many as 89 Blue Flags floating in the wind at beaches and marinas here. During my summer holidays in Halkidiki with kids, I have visited many of them. All of them have turquoise waters and very clean waters. I can definitely recommend Halkidiki with kids for summer holidays.
Loutra is a small fishing village in Kassandra with many low budget self-catering apartments and one 4 * hotel. The village is know for its thermal waters and thermal spa. It is great for families who are looking for a low key and casual destination. Located in a calm bay, the small sandy beach in Loutra is good for young kids. The village has several excellent fish taverns with fresh fish.
Nea Skioni – Best Beaches
Nea Skioni is located on the western shore of the Kassandra peninsula, the first part of Halkidiki. The organized Nea Skioni has been awarded with the Blue Flag many times. The long clean beach is made of white fine sand and the waters are shallow. The best part of the Nea Skioni beach are the swings and the large playground directly on the beach. The picturesque port next to the beach (pictured below) is good for a stroll in the afternoon. In summer there is a small fun park located in the port. My kids loved watching the fish in the port and the playground. For adults, the friendly taverns nearby are convenient with kids.
Fourka, Skala Fourka
Another top family beach on the western part of Kassandra is the beach at Fourka or Skala Fourka. Fourka beach is 2.5 kilometres long, very wide and also awarded with a Blue Flag. The beach is organized with umbrellas, chairs, watersports and lifeguard stations. There are many people but it never feels too crowded because the beach is wide. The sea is clean and warmer than in other parts of Halkidiki. The sunsets on this part of Halkidiki are breathtaking. Fourka has a beach restaurant with great food. In fact, there are several taverns and beach bars right on the beach for snacks and refreshments. Its easy parking and there are showers on the beach.
Nea Fokea is a popular settlement on the eastern shore of Kassandra with a beautiful organized beach with clear waters, and pine trees stretching to the edge of the water. If you are after a convenient place for a family vacation, Nea Fokea won’t let you down. Nea Fokea is dotted with fish taverns, restaurants and traditional bars. If you have your personal boat or sailing boat, you can dock it in the nearby port. Luxurious hotels, rooms for rent and other accommodation facilities can also be found in Nea Fokea.
Nea Fokea is a great base for boating but you can also consider a one day boat trip. Kids will love this small group Sailing Cruise around Nea Fokea and its nearby beautiful bays. For more information and on how to book this cruise with family, click here.
On the East side of Kassandra, Xenia beach at Chrouso is the number one family-friendly beach. We can call this beach the ‘Maldives of Greece’. The sea is very clean, warm and has a turquoise colour. This is a must-visit if you are in Halkidiki with kids. The sea is shallow for a long part and you need to walk far in to find deeper parts. This all makes is very suitable for even the youngest children and babies. The organized beach has white sand and beautiful green surroundings. There are several beach bars with food and drinks on Xenia beach and at some parts, there are water sports for older kids. It is a good beach to take a long walk along the waterfront too. There is plenty of parking spaces and you can park near to the beach.
Other beaches on the East side have some pebbles but mostly they are sand.
Sithonia – Halkidiki with Kids
The second peninsula of Halkidiki, Sithonia, is quieter, more tropical and less organized that the Kassandra. The best organized beaches for families on the west coast of Sithonia can be found in the northern part in between Nikitis beach and Marmaras beach. All these have white fine sand and are clean and organized with several facilities. The sea is shallow and safe but some parts have some small rocks in the sea, water shoes are recommended here. The sand at the small beach of Koviou is very soft and this continues into the water so there is no need for water shoes.
On the northeast side of Sithonia Rodia beach (Banana beach) and Lagonisi beach are very good for families. Both have sandy beaches, crystal clear water and are organized with sunbeds, beach bars and toilets. Rodia beach has a shower too and there are trees for shade and grass to sit on. Rodia is great for snorkelling.
The sea at Lagonisi is very calm because the island Diaporos, about a kilometre offshore, protects this beautiful beach from winds and waves. There are no restaurants here. Lagonisi is ideal for families with young children, there are always lots of kids around. It is also a good place to canoe. Be careful, at some parts there are sea urchins in the water.
The beaches at Vourvourou are considered some of the best in Greece. Karidi beach is the favourite beach that everybody coming to Vourvourou knows about. This shallow pool-like bay is not just drop-dead gorgeous but it’s the perfect family hang out. Other notable beaches in Vourvourou are Livari beach. Be a happy camper and linger on the camping beaches of Zografou and La Cara. Vourvourou with its nine islands, protected waters like the ‘Blue Lagoon’ and endless hidden coves is a very special place.
To explore the Diaporos island and the other smaller islets and the lagoon, you can book an organized boat excursion. For families, I recommend the Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou’s Islet day trip. It includes a trip with a glass-bottom boat, swimming or snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon by Diaporos island and traditional Greek barbecue on board. There is also a stop at Alikes Beach on Ammouliani. Click here for more information or to book the excursion.
On the Southeast part of Sithonia, you can find sandy beaches at Platanitsi, Sarti and Sykia. The Blue Flag beach at Sarti is a gem and probably one of the best in Greece. It has everything that a family on beach holiday needs. It is organized, there are water sports, toilets, showers and endless facilities for food and drinks. The kilometres long beach here seems to have no end. Sarti has one of Sithonia’s longest and widest beaches with yellow and white sand. The sea has a sandy bottom. Because of its size, it never feels too crowded here. The direct view across over Mt. Athos is very special. You cannot find a better or closer view of Mt. Athos than from Sarti and Sykia. This is another one to be recommended when visiting Halkidiki with kids.
If you family likes camping, have a look at the campsite on the beach of Armenistis near Sarti.
Sykia or Sikia beach also has a Blue Flag classification and is south of Sarti. The sea water here is spotless and clear. As in Sarti, the beach here is long and wide. But this beach is less organized and less crowded. A plus is the camping on the beach. As mentioned earlier, Sykia has the same beautiful view over Mt. Athos
Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.