Exploring unspoiled countryside and lounging on white-sand beaches is all in a day’s work on holidays to Paliouri.
Paliouri’s got a CV to please any prospective holidaymaker. Pick a path through the charming town centre, and you’ll find a selection of tavernas and restaurants, plus a scattering of shops and hotels. It’s the most southern settlement on Halkidiki’s left-sided peninsula, and the traditional Greek way of life is still going strong. That said, you’ll find one or two modern resorts nearby.
Green and gold
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to days on the beach – there are four picturesque stretches that are less than 10 minutes’ drive away. They range from a pebbly number at the peninsula’s tip, to a crescent-shaped bay in Chrousou. Thanks to its inland setting, Paliouri is also a great base for countryside exploring. The pine trees and olive groves are like a green-tinted blanket, and there are enough walking trails to change things up every day.
Myths and legends
Legend has it that Paliouri was once the site of an ancient Greek city, called Theramvos. Greek historian Herodotus, nicknamed the ‘father of history’, wrote that the city was destroyed, and wiped from all records by the Persian king, Xerxes. Some present-day archaeologists claim to have found remnants of Theramvos, but it’s still lodged in the myth category for the time being.
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