Prefecture of Pieria Things to Do
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Aliakmonas river near to Elatochori
Some 30 km away from Katerini lies Elatochori, a small village and the gateway to ski center at Pieria mountains. There are numerous options for trekking around the area enjoying lush greenery, historic churches and monasteries. Nice views resembling fjords can be enjoyed at monastery of Timios Prodromos overlooking Aliakmonas river
Places to visit around Katerini
It is absolutely worth to travel to the mountain village of Litohoro, on the slopes of the legentary mount Olympos, it is a beautiful place with early Macedonian architecture, stunning views of the mountain and the sealine of Pieria district (where Katerini is the capital town). Many hostels and restaurants with ok prices are open all year round. It is easily accessible from the Katerini intercity bus station.The southernmost edge og Pieria/ Katerini district is dominated by the medieval castle of Platamonas(close to the Platamonas seaside village), where cultural performances are often arranged; close to the castle there is a road leading to the newly restored village of Agios Panteleimon, but u 'd a car to get ther.North of Katerini u can visit Vergina, the site an early Macedonian settlement with some interesting tombs of Macedonian "kings". It is a very distinct place with monuments...
On the slopes of Olympus, a mere 5 km from the beaches of Pieria, Ancient Dion, the Holy City of Macedonia was found under a covering of undergrowth and water. This city had been a thriving centre of civilization from the time of its foundation for a period of 1,000 years from the 5th c, BC to the 5th c, AD. We learn from ancient writers that the Macedonians regularly gathered in Dion to worship the Gods of Olympus, and to make sacrificial offerings, as can be seen from the objects found on the site. It was here that King Archelaos organized athletic competitions and theatrical events, and Philip the Second celebrated his victories at Dion, as did Alexander. It was here that Alexander gathered together his troops to prepare for his journeys of conquest, worshipping Zeus, King of the Gods of Olympus. In the temple of the Gods of Olympus was a magnificent bronze statue created by...
The Church of the Holy Trinity
A 14th century Church built on a rock at a height of 420 m. It is situated at the outlet of one of the large streams of Olympus, (Stream Papa) near to the village of Vrondou. There are two wall paintings in the Church, the later of which dates from the 17th century.
The Monastery of Kanalon
The monastery of Kanalon is on the North East side of Olympus at a height of 820 m, on the North bank of the Ziliana stream. It is dedicated to the birth of the Mother of God. It was plundered by Albanian thieves in 1843. According to a Byzantine document, it dates from about 1676.
Monastery of Agios Dionisios
The monastery of Agios Dionisios is situated at a height of 900 m some 18 km from Litochoro. It is built in a natural hollow between two small streams which run into the Enipeas. Today the monastery can be reached by a diversion from the forest road which leads to Prionia, and where one of the ascents to the highest peaks of Olympus begins. According to historical sources the monastery was founded in the first half of the 16th century and dedicated to Agios Dionisios and the Holy Trinity. During the 400 years of its life it provided religious and economic support for this part of Olympus. It included part of the forest, Prionia, a water mill, a flour mill and a farm. From the beginning of this century it functioned with only 6 monks. It was the favourite place of pilgrimage for the inhabitants of Central Macedonia and mountain climbers. In 1943 it was twice destroyed, once by a bomb and...
Castle of Platamonas
The castle of Platamonas is situated at the South East foot of Mount Olympus. It dominated the road linking Macedonia and Thessalia and controled the sea being the guardian of the Thermaic Gulf. So the control of these passages between these two provinces was the "key" to Macedonia.Already 10 centuries old, but well maintained and in an imposing situation perched above the sea, it is accessible to visitors, dominating the whole of South Pieria. The castle was first mentioned in the 13th century, but as a result of excavations carried out in 1989, it was determined that the walls contained a settlement and a church in the mid Byzantine period, (10th - 11th century). In 1204 the castle came under the control of the Frankish ruler, Rolido Pice, who rebuilt the castle in the shape that we can see today.Throughout its long history, it has been possessed by the Venetians, the Byzantines and...
Elatochori is situated at Pieria Prefecture in a distance of 28km from Katerini city. It is a picturesque, mountain village, built at an altitude of 850m. The last years it attracts many visitors for winter vacations. It consists of two settlements the Old Elatochori (old name Skouterna) and the new settlement.At the paved square of the new settlement there is the church of Saints Konstantin and Helen and around it there are picturesque local coffee-shops, taverns, the Municipal School and the big building of the Folklore Museum . There the visitor can find objects from the activities and habits of the inhabitants of the village.At Elatochori there are 700 inhabitants, especially farmer s and cattle-breeder s too. The area offers to the visitor, pictures of unrivalled natural beauty and in the same time an ideal place for mountain activities such as trekking, mountain bike and skiing (at...
Leptokaria is located at the foot of the mountain Olympus overlooking the Aegean waves. It is worth visiting the beautiful beach, the archaeological site of "Livithra" and the traditional village of Palia Leptokaria.
A traditional village on the south- eastern foothills of Olympus, at an altitude of 600 meters. The 17th - 18th century brick houses and Byzantine church of Agios Georgios in the flagstone - paved square are characteristics features of the village. Above it is a beautiful forest which you can explore and discover the flora and fauna of Kato Olympus. Also worth visiting are the two magnificent little churches of Aghii Apostoli (Holy Apostles) and Zoodochos Pigi (Spring of Life).
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