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A hotel on Halkidiki is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Halkidiki hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Halkidiki are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Halkidiki hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Halkidiki hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Halkidiki have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Halkidiki
An upscale full service hotel facility on Halkidiki that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Halkidiki hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels on Halkidiki
Full service Halkidiki hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Halkidiki
Boutique hotels of Halkidiki are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Halkidiki boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Halkidiki may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels on Halkidiki
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Halkidiki travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Halkidiki focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Halkidiki
Small to medium-sized Halkidiki hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Halkidiki traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Halkidiki hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
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A bed and breakfast on Halkidiki is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Halkidiki bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Halkidiki B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Halkidiki
Halkidiki hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Halkidiki hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Halkidiki
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Halkidiki hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Halkidiki lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Halkidiki
Halkidiki timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Halkidiki often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Halkidiki on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels on Halkidiki
A Halkidiki motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Halkidiki for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Halkidiki motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Municipalities of Chalkidiki
Chalkidiki within Greece
|Coordinates: / 40.333; 23.500 / 40.333; 23.500
| • Vice Governor
| • Total
||2,918 km (1,127 sq mi)
| • Total
| • Density
||36/km (94/sq mi)
|ISO 3166 code
Chalcidice or Chalkidike or Chalkidiki or Halkidiki (Greek: Χαλκιδική, Chalkidikí, [xalciðiˈci]), is a peninsula and regional unit of Greece, part of the Region of Central Macedonia in Northern Greece. The autonomous Mount Athos region constitutes the easternmost part of the peninsula, but not of the regional unit. The capital of Chalkidiki is the main town of Polygyros, located in the centre of the peninsula.
Chalkidiki today is a popular summer tourist destination.
Map of ancient Chalcidice
The Cholomontas mountains lie in the north-central part of Chalkidiki. Chalkidiki consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three "fingers" (though in Greek these peninsulas are often referred to as "legs") – Pallene (now Kassandra), Sithonia, and Agion Oros (the ancient Acte), which contains Mount Athos and its monasteries. Chalkidiki borders on the regional unit of Thessaloniki to the north.
Its largest towns are Nea Moudania (Νέα Μουδανιά), Nea Kallikrateia (Νέα Καλλικράτεια) and the capital town of Polygyros (Πολύγυρος).
There are several summer resorts on the beaches of all three fingers where other minor towns and villages are located, such as at Yerakini (Gerakina Beach), Neos Marmaras (Porto Carras), Ouranoupolis, Nikiti, Psakoudia, Kallithea (Pallene/Pallini, Athos), and more.
Chalcidice (/kælˈkɪdɪki/ or /kælˈsɪdɪsi/), Halkidiki, Chalkidiki, or Chalkidike, is the name given to this peninsula by a group of people native to this region, the Chalcideans (Greek: Χαλκιδείς), since ancient times. The area was a colony (apoikia) of the ancient Greek city-state of Chalkis.
Mosaic in ancient Olynthus
Byzantine tower, Nea Fokea
Dionysiou Monastery in Mount Athos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Map of the Kingdom of Macedon, with Chalkidiki shown among the other districts of the kingdom
The first Greek settlers in this area came from Chalcis and Eretria, cities in Euboea, around the 8th century BC who founded cities such as Mende, Toroni and Scione a second wave came from Andros in the 6th century BC who founded cities such as Akanthos. The ancient city of Stageira was the birthplace of the great philosopher Aristotle. Chalkidiki was an important theatre of war during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. Later, the Greek colonies of the peninsula were conquered by Philip II of Macedon and Chalkidiki became part of Macedonia (ancient kingdom). After the end of the wars between the Macedonians and the Romans, the region became part of the Roman Empire, along with the rest of Greece. At the end of the Roman Republic (in 43 BC) a Roman colony was settled in Cassandreia, which was later (in 30 BC) resettled by Augustus.
During the following centuries, Chalkidiki was part of the Byzantine Empire (East Roman Empire). On a chrysobull of Emperor Basil I, dated 885, the Holy Mountain (Mount Athos) was proclaimed a place of monks, and no laymen or farmers or cattle-breeders were allowed to be settled there. With the support of Nikephoros II Phokas, the Great Lavra monastery was founded soon afterwards. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other Eastern Orthodox countries, such as Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world. Athos with its monasteries has been self-governing ever since.
After a short period of domination by the Latin Kingdom of Thessalonica, the area became again Byzantine until its conquest by the Ottomans in 1430. During the Ottoman period, the peninsula was important for its gold mining. In 1821, the Greek War of Independence started and the Greeks of Chalkidiki revolted under the command of Emmanouel Pappas, a member of Filiki Eteria, and other local fighters. The revolt was progressing slowly and unsystematically. The insurrection was confined to the peninsulas of Mount Athos and Kassandra. One of the main goals was to restrain and detain the coming of the Ottoman army from Istanbul, until the revolution in the south (mainly Peloponnese) became stable. Finally, the revolt resulted in a decisive Ottoman victory at Kassandra. The survivors, among them Papas, were rescued by the Psarian fleet, which took them mainly to Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. The Ottomans proceeded in retaliation and many villages were burnt.
Finally, the peninsula was incorporated into the Greek Kingdom in 1912 after the Balkan Wars. In June 2003, at the holiday resort of Porto Carras located in Neos Marmaras, Sithonia, leaders of the European Union presented the first draft of the European Constitution (see History of the European Constitution for developments after this point).
Halkidiki: Ancient sites
View of Ammouliani island
Exterior view of Porto Carras
Hotel in Sithonia
- Apollonia (Chalcidice)
- Cleonae (Chalcidice)
- Neapolis, Chalcidice
- Palaiochori "Neposi" castle
- Xerxes Canal
The peninsula is notable for its olive oil and olive production. Also various types of wine are produced.
Chalkidiki has been a popular summer tourist destination since the late 1950s when people from Thessaloniki started spending their summer holidays in the coastal villages. In the beginning tourists rented rooms in the houses of locals. By the 1960s, tourists from Austria and Germany started to visit Chalkidiki more frequently. Since the start of the big tourist boom in the 1970s, the whole region has been captured by tourism. In the region there is a golf course, with plans for four others in the future.
Gold was mined in the region during antiquity by Philip II of Macedon and the next rulers. Since 2013, a revival of mining for gold and other minerals was underway with a number of concessions having been granted to Eldorado Gold of Canada. However, critics claim that mining would adversely affect tourism and the environment.
The regional unit Chalkidiki is subdivided into five municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):
- Aristotelis (2)
- Kassandra (4)
- Nea Propontida (3)
- Polygyros (1)
- Sithonia (5)
As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Chalkidiki was created out of the former prefecture Chalkidiki (Greek: Νομός Χαλκιδικής). The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below.
- Province of Chalkidiki – Polygyros
- Province of Arnaia
Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece.
- TV Halkidiki – Nea Moudania
- Super TV – Nea Moudania
- A25 (Thessaloniki, Airport, Nea Moudania)
- Chalkidiki has no railroads or airports.
- A bus system, KTEL, serves major municipalities.
Halkidiki: Notable inhabitants
Bust of Aristotle in National Museum of Rome.
- Paeonius of Mende (late 5th-century BC), sculptor
- Philippus of Mende, Plato's student, astronomer
- Nicomachus, Aristotle's father
- Aristobulus of Cassandreia (375–301 BC), historian, architect
- Aristotle (384 BC in Stageira–322 BC), philosopher
- Andronicus of Olynthus (c. 370 BC), Phrourarchus of Tyre, appointed by Antigonus
- Callisthenes (360–328 BC), historian
- Crates of Olynthus, Alexander's hydraulic engineer
- Bubalus of Cassandreia (304 BC), keles (horse) competing in the flat race of the Lykaia
- Poseidippus of Cassandreia (c. 310 – c. 240 BC), comic poet
- Erginus (son of Simylus) from Cassandreia, citharede winner in Soteria c. 260 BC
- Stamatios Kapsas, revolutionary of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830)
- Archbishop Demetrios of America
- Xenophon Paionidis (1863–1933), architect
- Manolis Mitsias, singer
- Sokratis Malamas (1957 in Sykia), singer
- Stefanos Athanasiadis, PAOK and Greek footballer.
- Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Greek DJs.
- Georgios Samaras, footballer (from his father's, Ioannis Samaras, side)
- Paola Foka, popular Greek folk singer
- Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesperson of the European Commission, and a Deputy Director-General at the Commission's DG Communication
Petralona cave formations
Tombstone in ancient Olynthus
Flag of the revolutionaries during the Greek War of Independence
Xenia hotel in Paliouri, Chalkidiki (1962)
Aerial view of Agios Mamas village (Saint Mammes)
View of Parthenonas village
Gerakini mine exploitation
Green olives, product of the region
Halkidiki: See also
- Chalkidian League
- List of settlements in Chalkidiki
- Petralona cave
- Thucydides, Book 4, 123
- N. G. L. Hammond, A History of Macedonia, Vol. 1: Historical Geography and Prehistory (Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 426.
- The Cyclades: Discovering the Greek Islands of the Aegean By John Freely p. 82
- Thucydides, Book 4, p. 84
-  D. C. Samsaris,The Roman Colony of Cassandreia in Macedonia (Colonia Iulia Augusta Cassandrensis) (in Greek), Dodona 16(1), 1987, 353–437
- Deltsou, Eleftheria (2007). "Second homes and tourism in a Greek village". Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology. 37 (1–2): 124.
- Suzanne Daley (January 13, 2013). "Greece Sees Gold Boom, but at a Price". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Kallikratis reform law text" (PDF).
- Arkadia – Lykaion – Epigraphical Database
- Phocis – Delphi – Epigraphical Database
Halkidiki: External links
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