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Nea Kallikratia

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Nea Kallikrateia

Nea Kallikrateia, or, as locals call it, simply Kallikrateia, is a small city (pop. 6,000) on the Gulf of Thermi about 45 km south of Thessaloniki, and 300 km from Sofia, Bulgaria. Although it's part of Halkidiki, it is not on one of the region's 3 peninsulas. It is very convenient to Thessaloniki, being just a couple kilometers off the main Thessaloniki-Halkidiki highway, and for that reason, it gets a lot of visitors from the city during the summer. In fact, it's so close to the big city that it serves as a bedroom community.

By virtue of its proximity to Thessaloniki, Kallikrateia is a favorite destination for day-trippers and weekenders, particularly during the summer months. It's also a favorite party destination for young people, who love to go to the local beach bars and nightclubs. For others, it's a great place for a relaxing holiday with an opportunity to take a quick trip into the city for sightseeing or entertainment.

There is a wide, sandy, southwest-facing beach named Kyani Akti ("Akti" means "beach"). It's organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The shallow waters stay warm until late in the season and make for safe swimming for small children. On certain days, when the refractive rays of the sun are just right, Mt. Olympus, always visible at a distance of 55 km across the gulf, can loom quite large.

There is a nice small harbor for the many fishing boats which often go to sea at sunset, bringing back their fresh catch in the morning, which you can then enjoy at lunch at one of the many restaurants and fish taverns lining the seaside.