Of the two touristic 'fingers' of Halkidiki, the Sithonian Peninsula is one that is loved by families and those in search of a more low-key summer option – though the beaches get rather packed in the high season and on weekends. Pine forests crowd a wild interior, fringing cliffsides that plummet towards tranquil coves. Sunsets are remarkable; diving and water-sports opportunities are excellent; and dozing on a beach might seem a little enticing after all.
Along the west coast you'll find Sithonia's largest resort, Neos Marmaras. The east coast's beaches have a little more sparkle; further south the terrain gets wilder. If you don't rate total seclusion, hang your sunhat at Sarti for a 1970s vibe, an escapist feel and good nightlife. Kalamitsi, at Sithonia's southernmost tip, is also an excellent base: it's a good starting point for diving excursions and water sports.