See & do

When visiting Halki, there are many things to do aside from going to the beach.

The Chorio, the Castle and Church of the Virgin Mary

Make sure you visit the Old Village (Chorio) which is a 45 minute walk from the center When you visit, make sure you plan to go early in the morning or around 5 or 6 pm because it can get extremely hot. Make sure you wear good walking shoes, especially if you plan to climb up to the 14th century castle and the Church of the Virgin Mary, as the rocks are very slippery.

The road to the Chorio, is called Tarpon Springs Boulevard and was a donation from the people of Halki who now live in Tarpon Springs, Florida. As you pass Pondamos beach and continue upwards, you will see the “Old Village” with the Church of the Virgin Mary. Above that, you will see the UNESCO-protected castle from the 14th century BC, built by the Knights of St. John. It has now been restored and it has fantastic views towards Halki and the Aegean.

For the feast of the Virgin Mary (15th of August), there is a celebration on the night of the 14th with traditional Greek music at the Old Village, with a liturgy in the church first and it is which is worthwhile going to. Traditional dancing, traditional Halki songs played on the lyre and the laouto can be heard until the wee hours of the morning. Ask  how to get up there on foot or by taxi or mini bus. You can also go on foot and it is around 45 minutes and very nice around 8pm.

The Castle built by the Knights of St. John

Right above the church, there is the is the breathtaking UNESCO protected 14th century castle/fortress built by the Knights of St. John for the protection from the pirates. It is built on the ancient Acropolis site in Halki. It is a steep climb, but worth it. Make sure you use shoes that have a good grip, as the stones have become very slippery from use. It has now been renovated and not only is it a wonderful walk, with a wonderful view, but a unique opportunity to be present in such a historical site

Beaches

Beach in front of Villa Hiona

Look no further! You have everything you need at Villa Hiona. A large balcony, sunbeds, umbrellas and 10 steps to the Aegean! No need to go anywhere else for a stupendous view of the sea and Halki.

Pondamos beach

An excellent, clean beach is Pondamos. It has umbrellas and sunbeds and a wonderful view of the Aghia Thekli monastery to its left. It is on the way to the Chorio  and has a lovely  Nick’s tavern right above for an excellent meal and a great view.

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Ftenagia and Kania beaches

Both with beautiful waters and great taverns above.