Although most people wouldn't think of Greece as a destination for a walking holiday, the beautiful coastline, wonderful beaches, olive groves, forest covered hills and mountains invite exploration on foot.
I chose this holiday for several reasons. Firstly, I'd never been to Greece. Secondly, I like Greek food (apart from ouzo and goat cheese), and thirdly I'd hopefully be able to see tortoises in their natural habitat (one of the many things that made the walking holiday in Turkey special. Of course, there would also be opportunities to swim in the clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
This two week trip (Exploring Halkidiki - organised by Ramblers Holidays) was a combination of two holidays. We spent the first week in the peninsula of Sithonia where, when not out and about, we had time to enjoy the hospitality, luxurious accommodation and facilities, which the Athena Pallas Village offered.
For the second week we were transported further north to Macedonia. This area borders the Balkans and offers ancient historical interest, unspoilt scenery and wonderful hospitality. We stayed in Olympiada, close to Ancient Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle.