This white church in the centre of Paralia is dedicated to St. Paraskeva. It was built in 1993.
Next to the church, there's a small chapel.
The church is 1 of the most photographed buildings here and you can see it on almost all Paralia postcards.
Two stained-glass windows have recently been added.
Meteora is one of the largest complexes of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos in Halkadiki. It is thought that monks lived amongst the rocks and caves as early as the 11th century. The actual monastery buildings were not constructed until the 14th century and during that time there were up to 20 different monasteries. Today only six are active.
Built on top of towering spires that are geological wonders, the monasteries were inaccessible except by rope baskets that the monks used to lower down for supplies and transporting people. Baskets are on display today but in the 1920's roads and steps were built to make access easier. If I remember correctly there is around 150 steps up to the top of Grand Meteora.
The monasteries, besides being constructed on top of geographical mysteries, house rich Greek Orthodox history with beautiful icons, wall paintings, and other religious treasures.
The monasteries are closed every day between 1-3pm and some close during the week. Women must wear skirts past their knees and long-sleeved shirts. Men must also wear long-sleeves and long pants.
During the summer months, there is an excellent artist that sits on the main street of Paralia near the school. The artist does wonderful characoal portraits from live models (sitting for approximately 25-30 minutes) or from a photograph. The cost for a single person is 25 Euros and a couple is 40 Euros.
Even if you don't want a portrait of yourself, stop by and join the crowd that always gathers to watch. He is quite amazing!
Go-karting in Paralia is for both kids and big-kids (adults!) There are two different types of cars available depending on the age and skill of the drivers.
Cost for 5-rounds on the course is 8 Euros. Sometimes with more laps, the manager will throw in a few rounds on the house.
English can be a problem as the attendant hardly speaks a lick of English and the other workers aren't much better. However using hand signals seems to work well. Count the number of people, move your finger around in a circle for the laps and then indicate how many laps you want to do :)
Helmets are required and are provided.
Watch out for mosquitos at night...they are everywhere!!!
No visit to a beach is complete without a ride on the banana boat, especially for children (and adults!)
Visit Extreme Watersports on the beach near Omilos Club to ride the bananas or take one of the other tube crafts for a thrilling ride along the beach behind the boat.
Life vests are required of all riders and supplied. Depending on the banana 8-10 people can ride at once and the price can change depending on the number in the group.
Katerinoskala is about 3km from Paralia and is another resort area. It's especially busy during the summer.
A lot of people go for walks between Paralia and Katerinoskala at night. You'll also see the fishermen going to collect their fish for selling the next day.
Paralia Katerinis is a resort situated in western part of the Aegean Sea, along of Olympic Riviera, in north-east part of Olympus Mount range.
It's ideal for relaxing. It doesn't have many attractions in itself, but it's surrounded by other beauties, such as Mt. Olympus.
Paralia means 'seaside, beach' in Greek.
The sand here's fine and sea is shallow, so the resort's perfect for children. But, if you don't like the crowd and you're looking for clear water, get away from the centre!
Near Paralia are Pudna, the place where Philip II had obtained the big victory over the Greek army, and Dion, the saint city of Macedonians, where Alexandre the Great presented sacrifices before the battles...
Excursions are also organised to Thessaloniki, Meteora monasteries, Mt. Olympos and also cruises around Mount Athos.
Main street and Promenade of Paralia… lot of cars, restaurants, shops and great shortage of vegetation. Anyway we found there on really fine restaurant where we had our lunch and lot souvenirs to buy on great discounts (that was in September… end of tourist season).
Few km from the centre of Katerini is Paralia Katerini, one of the most famous seaside resort in Pieria and northern Greece. It’s also completely new place, very crowded, noisy and touristy. The finniest spot we found there was this white church on the Promenade, directly on the seashore.
The most pleasant spot of Katerini is great park in town centre. Katerini, lies between the plain of Pieria and Mt. Olympos, vegetation is lush and many springs cross that plain. That town park of Katerini represent that all. It’s very well maintained and it’s great to be there especially on hot summer days.
All churches we saw in Katerini was charming, build in neo-Byzantine style and completely new. This one on the picture is in town centre and on the edge of great park. I think that’s Cathedral but maybe I’m wrong.
On this picture you could see my wife Nada in one of the typical streets of Katerini. Almost all building have up to 4 floors, huge balconies and are coloured in white.
Katerini is one of the start points if you want to climb to mount Olympos that is only 25 km far from town.
This fountain is one of the symbols of Katerini and pedestrian zone starts from here. There are some nice squares and street around where you could drink coffee in bars and watch people passing by. There are also main shopping streets in town.
Ancient ruins, a temple and a stadium indicate location of this city, founded in 5th century BC. A tomb dating back from 230 year BC with statues also add to the interest. Archaeologists have brought to light the extensive ruins of the Macedonians' sanctuary of the gods. Amidst the lush vegetation and springs of the Pierian plain, just before the ascent to Olympus begins, one can see the ruins of the sanctuary buildings - the temples, two theatres and a stadium - while next to them, to the north, the remains of the ancient city of Dion stretch out. It was closely associated to Zeus as its name implies (in Greek the god is called Dias).