Top Things to Do on the Island of Halki

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traditional Greek islands - Chalki with with fishing boatsHalki is one of those irresistible islands that you will wish that you discovered sooner than you did. There was a time when the people of Halki were fairly wealthy, thanks to the sponge diving trade. Because of this profession, there are several, gorgeous Italian-style mansions that border the main harbor. Although the waters have been over-harvested and there are hardly any sponges left, Halki is still a beautiful and worthwhile island retreat. Here are some things you can do while on the island:

Go to One of the Gorgeous Beaches

Halki is definitely a place where beach lovers can really get their fix. This is the place to go if you want a peaceful, relaxing session in the sun. Although these beaches have a healthy number of visitors during peak season, they don’t see the crowds that popular beaches on other islands do. This means that it is ideal for people who want to achieve total relaxation. Top beaches include Kania Beach, which is a sandy beach, Potamos Beach, which has great views, and Ftenagia Beach, which is scenic but also fairly rocky. They are all unique and if you spend enough time on the island, you may want to pay a visit to each of them. Ftenagia also has a restaurant so you can spend the day at the beach, and finish your outing with a meal in a traditional taverna.

Meander Through the Streets

One thing that the small island of Halki is good for is to give people the opportunity to walk and really explore what life is all about here. If you’re walking along the main harbor, don’t forget to look at some of the old Italian manor houses. You can also spend some time shopping and wandering in and out of the various boutiques. When you’re done shopping, have a snack or a meal at one of the many restaurants, tavernas, or cafes. Consider walking through the main harbor area or one of the many towns and villages located throughout the island. If you decide to walk around near the harbor, consider wandering over to the Traditional House of Haldiki, which is a fine example of one of these great manor houses.

Eat Some Traditional Greek Cuisine

The cuisine on Greece is a prime example of how delicious and healthy Mediterranean cooking can be. Most places in Greece base their cuisine on the foods that they have available and Halki is no exception. Sample a collection of local favorites, which includes plenty of fresh seafood options. Ask your hotel for recommendations on the best food, or simply trust your instincts and eat a meal whenever a place catches your eye.

Halki is a fairly small island that people tend to flock to when they want a private vacation without all the crowds of some of the other touristy places in Greece. In fact, this is the ideal location if all you want to do is relax in the Greek sun, get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy all the good things about traditional Greek island life.

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