With old-fashioned charm, cracking countryside and an award-winning beach, holidays to Kriopigi are ones to write home about.
Kriopigi's a rustic village set in the hills of Halkidiki
in northern Greece
. Its quirky town square is stocked with shops and cosy tavernas, but the real showstopper's the beach – backed by lush vegetation, there's also silky soft sand and turquoise waters.
The town backs up against an ancient amphitheatre, but if you're after more history head to Thessaloniki. Just over an hour's drive away, its streets date back 2,300 years. Admire Ottoman and Byzantine architecture while soaking up the modern hum of its cosmopolitan crowds.
Dip and stroll
Kriopigi takes its name from a cold, clear spring of water. Walk to the stone fountain to fill your bottle, then hike onward to the surrounding olive groves and pretty pine forests.