Hanioti is a small and very picturesque village in Halkidiki, situated on the peninsula’s first prong, at only 250km from Sandanski and 399 km from Sofia. A very paradisiac place to make a break not far away from Bulgaria and which makes it even more attractive to me.
Sure, Bulgarian people know very well this place and maybe, for some of them, spend summer’s holidays there. For this reason I think, my Hanioti’s article will concern more foreigners who live in Bulgaria or just landed here and never went to Greece. Because, live or spend few months in Bulgaria is also a very nice occasion to visit other neighboring countries as Romania, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, very close by car or bus from any city in Bulgaria which makes Bulgaria even more attractive to me. So, last summer, in september, we decided to go to Hanioti area because all the pictures we saw were amazing, with wonderful landscape, turquoise water, fine sand, cool attitude and we needed really to make a break no far from Sofia by car. The way from Sofia to Hanioti is very easy. We went through Pernik, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, and Thessaloniki which are about only a 90-minute drive from Hanioti.
ON THE ROAD : VISIT TO THESSALONIKI. If you have never been to Thessaloniki, make a stop there for a few hours (3-4h can be enough to discover the main places and monuments) because this city, the Greece’s second-biggest city and the capital of Macedonia, is worth seeing.
It’s got a history going back some 2 300 years, with old churches, museums and lot of beautiful and impressive monuments to prove it and also a famous cultural place in Greece. People spend lot of time in restaurants and cafés down by the port which creates a very warm and positive atmosphere. My favorite place in Thessaloniki is definitely its cover market « Modiano Market », located in the center, on the right of the main street through the town, just a stone’s throw from the port. Buy olives, sardines, shrimp or others and enjoy all of the port facing the sea, relax.
HOLIDAYS DESTINATION : HANIOTI. The last september was the first time we spent vacations in Greece since we live in Bulgaria, 2 years ago. Lot of Bulgarian friends told us Greece was a very famous place for Bulgarians who did not want to spend all vacations in Black Sea cost. Very close to Sofia (Only 399km) and because we had only 5 days, we decided to find something no far from Sofia and easy to get and Hanioti was the very best place to stay.
About Hanioti : Hanioti is a small and very picturesque village, and one of the most popular destinations on the first of Chalkidiki’s three “legs”. Upon arrival, I was very captivated by this small picturesque paradise area, along the coast before and after Hanioti village. In Hanioti, you can find hotels for all prices with all the necessary facilities, numerous restaurants and traditional taverns that will satisfy every family, as well as modern bars and dance-clubs. They’re mostly along the main road, which stretches for over a mile (where it’s also possible to find a gas station with good prices).
And the beaches ? : The real star of the area is definitely the white-sand beaches. I can say you « Oh my God », 5-kilometre stretch of white-sand beaches and turquoise water and hours and hours of sunbathing in perspective with a stunning view of the second « legs » of Chalkidiki. Because, Yes, if you want to make a real break spending your time on the beach, Hanioti and its surroundings can be one of the places to stay for your next holidays. In few kilometers only, you can join the most beautiful beaches close to Hanioti and to rent a deckchair for all the day (for only 3€). However, a car will be necessary.
About accomodation : To stay in a very quiet place situated at only 500m from the village’s central square and with easy access to the beach, located just a short walk away (no more than 10 minutes), and only a few kilometers from the other beaches paradise in the region, Neria Summer Houses is definitely the place to stay. Loakim, one of the owners of the place, was very attentive and friendly and we was highly suprised by the quality of his welcome (welcome’s presents also) and place (clean and convenient). We rent a ground floor flat accommodated for 4 people for 55€ per night, so 275€ for 5 nights in all. Loakim also gave us all the needed information about Hanioti and its surroundings and he showed us the most beautiful beaches of the coast especially not to miss. More information about the family place there.
More : Prefer to go in Hanioti area in May, June or September because there are fewer people, and beaches for you alone (or almost) / Be on the Greek border before 9:00 am to avoid traffic jams / By car, don’t forget your GPS updated with Greece (not like us, Grrrr >> 3 GPS without map of Greece !!) because from the Greek border the signs are not always present and arrived in Thessaloniki, find the direction to Hanioti was little bit difficult for us / Get Hanioti by an other way (train, bus, fly, etc.), check this useful link : www.rome2rio.com