Hiking in All Sithonia, Halkidiki
Hiking in beautiful nature. Besides the beautiful sandy beaches and the wonderful swimming, if you are a nature lover, Sithonia has it all. The whole peninsula is covered in pine forests, which gives a pleasant scent to the air. Mount Itamos is the highest point on Sithonia. At a height of 811 meters it gives you a panorama view over the whole peninsula, with an unparalleled view east toward Mount Athos and Mount Olympus to the west.
Several walking trails exist – to elevated points for the view, or to more isolated beaches which can only be reached by foot. Some of the trails are marked with a “triton” (Neptune’s fork), which are marked on the trees or painted on rocks. These are the trails listed in the “Halkidiki walking” guide by David Ramshaw. Most of these self guided trails have been cleared and often follow trails used by goats. Other walking tours follow beaches, roads, and perhaps some trails for short distances – but these are not meant for the diehard trekker. The estimated walking times of course will vary depending on your pace, but the times we provided are at a slow pace, to give you time to make stops and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Sithonia.
When is the best time to go hiking in Sithonia?
Since the summer can be brutally hot, it’s probably not the best time to go hiking in Greece. But generally the conditions are dry and warm already in March and in October. January can even be a good month, since only on occasion does snow fall in Halkidiki. The crisp air and the usual sunny days are perfect for a good walk in the nature.
What should I bring on the hike?
Good footwear is something that is appreciated on all the walks given on our pages. If you have trainers, they should do the job, but just be aware that some of the trails in Halkidiki involve climbing over rocks.
To prevent sunstroke when you exert yourself on the trail. The sun can burn your head, especially if you have hair like I do…
Because of the intense sun, it is easy to get a burn in Greece. If you are out in the mountain or on the trails, there is often little for shade. So play it smart, and don’t let a sunburn ruin your vacation.
On most of the trails there are no water sources. So be prepared to bring enough with you for the day. If the path leads to a village, then you can fill up there and sometimes there are fountains that allow you to refill. But you can’t always count on it.
As with water, there usually aren’t any shops on the way, so bring something to keep you going for the day.