There are many picturesque beaches on the coast of Kassandra peninsula. Some are almost wild, others are incredibly popular during the summer season. The beach of the resort town of Hanioti is in the list of the most visited ones.
Hanioti can be included in the top five of the busiest resorts of the peninsula of Halkidiki. Starting in May, tourists come here from many countries. But just in the XIX century, Hanioti was a tiny village where, according to historical sources, "20 families of farmers and beekeepers live, there is a church and a fountain".
In the 1960s, a tourist boom happened in Hanioti. During this period, many guesthouses and mini-hotels appeared here. Today, there are a lot more places for accommodation in Hanioti: several 5* hotels, dozens of hotels of up to 4* level and apartments. Hanioti has a wide range of taverns, shops, supermarkets and it has an easy access to the beach. All this has made the resort a popular place for family vacations.
Hanioti beach is represented by a few kilometres of sand mixed with small pebbles. The coast of the resort is clean, and the best way to confirm this, is the Blue flag award that the beach received. The sea in Hanioti is almost always calm, there are no big rocks on the bottom. The entrance to the water is mostly flat — it attracts vacationers with children. As elsewhere in Greece, Hanioti beach is free. You will only have to pay for an umbrella and a sun lounger.
Despite its long expanse, Hanioti beach is quite narrow. It is not suitable for a secluded rest but it will appeal to those who like to be in the midst of the resort life.
The convenience of Hanioti beach is that all the infrastructure is located next to it. The hotels line up along the coast; there are mini markets, souvenir shops, taverns and a park nearby. The beach is equipped for the convenience of people with special needs. There are changing stalls, toilets and showers.
There are beach bars on the coast of Hanioti where the residents of Thessaloniki come to relax on weekends. They are located at the end of the village, on the way to Pefkohori:
For those who like to spend time actively there is a water sports center in Hanioti. You can ride a water scooter or catamaran, as well as rent everything you need for diving, although the underwater life in Hanioti will not gratify you with the variety.
Hanioti is located 105 km from the centre of Thessaloniki and 90 km from Macedonia airport. It will take you a little more than an hour to get there by rented car. In order to get to Hanioti from the airport by public transport, go first to the KTEL Halkidikis bus station. From this bus station, the buses run to Hanioti at an interval of 1-1.5 hours.