Vatopedi is a seaside village located in the center of Chalkidiki just 75 kilometers from Thessaloniki airport SKG. It acts as a gateway to the three peninsulas, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. Vatopedi is the best location for car hire in Chalkidiki as it is easily accessed from Thessaloniki.
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Kassandra is the most densely populated of the three peninsulas. It is famous for crystal clear waters, organized beach bars, and vibrant nightlife. The first village that you will meet is Nea Poteidaia, just 30 kilometers and the last Paliouri, 80 kilometers from Vatopedi. Driving through these villages you will meet Kalithea, Peukochori, Chanioti that are considered some of the most popular destinations. They combine clean beaches, seaside restaurants, numerous clubs, and bars.
Vatopedi is located at the beginning of the second peninsula called Sithonia. Nearby the village you can find some of the most popular beaches of Chalkidiki such as Vourvourou, Agios Ioannis, Kavourotripes and Kalamitsi. The rugged, exciting landscape of this middle peninsula appeals to nature lovers and seekers of relaxation. With almost 100 beaches of all sizes surrounded by trees and bushes. Most of them having perfect white sand and some of the clearest waters in the world. Sithonia is a symphony in green and blue that manages to combine hospitality with contemporary, luxurious hotels. Just 30 kilometers away from Vatopedi you can go for a night walk in the cosmopolitan village of Neos Marmaras and drink your cocktail with the sea view.
A little bit further from Vatopedi is mountain Athos, the third peninsula, worldwide known as Holy Mountain ("Agio Oros"). It is an Autonomous Monastic State within the Greek border, the sole province of men dedicated to God. The magnificent peninsula is holy ground full of breathtaking rough beaches dedicated to prayer, meditation, and self-awareness.