Sand Festival | Halkidiki | August 23-24

After conducting an international literary contest, Eyelands magazine and Strange Day Books present the 5th Sand Festival, during which selected winners will read their works of fiction and poetry on the shores of Possidi Beach in Halkidiki, just an hour's drive from the cosmopolitan city of Thessaloniki. This year will feature writers Christodoulos Lintzerinos and Anna Spartali.

Traffic at a standstill in holidaymaker exodus

Cars sit idle in traffic on the highway connecting Thessaloniki with Halkidiki, a popular holiday destination, in northern Greece, on Saturday. The weekend saw the first big wave of holidaymakers departing from the country's cities. Mid-August is traditionally the peak of the Greek summer holiday season. [InTime News]

Firefighters sent to tackle blaze in Halkidiki

Just two days after freak storms led to seven deaths in Halkidiki, northern Greece, a fire was reported to have broken out on agricultural land between the settlements of Nikiti and Neos Marmaras.

A firefighting contingent of 20 men and 10 engines was dispatched to tackle the blaze which broke out on a farm covering around a hectare of land.