Destination

Location

“OLYMPUS THEA” hotel is built on the National Road Thessaloniki-Athens, just before Tempi, outside the coastal village of Platamon, below the homonym castle, in amphitheatric layout, with a panoramic view to the Aegean Sea.

Its near long beach with the clear sea is awarded a blue flag every year. The hotel offers a regular minibus service to the beach during the day (in the summer months).

Beside the hotel, there is the castle of Crusaders, known as the castle of Platamon, with a unique view to the Aegean Sea and the surrounding area, where many cultural events are held.

Above the point where it is built, legendary Olympus rises, the highest and most imposing mountain of Greece. Its name indicates that the mountain touches the bright sky. The ancient Greek mythology was born there, with the 12 Gods and the demigods, while the nine mythical Muses, the ambassadresses of arts, lived on its outskirts. Olympus is the favourite mountain of climbers from all over the world, and it often has snow on its peaks, even in July.

Ancient Dion and the picturesque village of Litochoro are two very notable stations, on the roots of the mountain. At the point where Olympus is separated from its adjacent mountain, Kisavos, where Pinios flows and forms the Tempi valley, many beautiful villages, coastal and mountainous, stone-built and traditional, have the mission of faithful observance of the rules of excellent hospitality, which the father of the Olympian Gods, Xenios Dias (Zeus), bequeathed.

Distances:

110 kilometres from the airport “Makedonia” of Thessaloniki
On the National Road Thessaloniki-Athens
Outside the tourist town of Platamon
Quick and easy road access to the towns of Katerini and Larisa
50 km from the ski centre of Elatochori
500 meters from the coastline of Pieria, with the clean sea and the organised beaches, with restaurants, bars and modern markets

  • Olympus, the legendary mountain where the ancient Greek mythology was born. The residence of the 12 Gods, the countless demigods and heroes, the Nymphs and the Muses. It is the highest and most sacred mountain of Greece. On the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, with its highest peak, Mitikas (2,917 m), Olympus is famous not only for its mystic character, but also for its rare flora and fauna, small rivers, waterfalls, caves and forests, its peaks and steep rocky slopes, its monasteries and churches, its shelters and taverns. According to the Greek mythology, here, the twelve Gods defeated the Titans and established their reign. They fed on ambrosia and nectar, which certifies the excellent quality of local products (plants and wine). The thunderbolts of the mountain were the weapons of Zeus. In ancient Dion, on the roots of Olympus, Olympian Zeus was worshiped. In the wider area, the legend of ancient, wonderful lyrist Orpheus floats in the air. For the sake of his beloved woman, Orpheus bewitched even Hades, but found an awful death by the Maenads. The slopes and peaks of Olympus are a centre of attraction for climbers from all over the world, while they hide dangers, surprises and intense emotions, and its tranquil forested side has zealous fans of all ages.
  • The Pierian Mountains also have many and rare beauties, traditional hamlets and the famous ski centre of Elatochori, with modern facilities and ski runs.
  • The imposing medieval Castle of Platamon that has been standing proud for 10 centuries, at the gate of Thermaic gulf. The former guardian of pirates now stands proud and watches the ships of the Aegean Sea.
  • The surrounding beaches on a coastline of more than 70 km (it has been noted as the “Greek or Olympic Riviera”), with a variety of coasts (fine sand, pebbles, pine trees, hydro biotopes) and warm and clear sea. They are surrounded by hamlets with excellent tourist infrastructures, cosmopolitan environment and exciting nightlife.
  • The stone-built hamlets of Old Skotina, Old Panteleimon, Old Poroi, Ampelakia and Litochoro.
  • The wineries of Rapsani and many other areas in the Wine Roads.
  • The hamlet of Ampelakia, on Kisavos, with the mansion houses and its Folk Museum.
  • The very notable archaeological area of Dion, the sacred town of Macedonians, dated in the 5th century B.C.
  • The Tempi valley with the famous river of Pinios flowing through it.
  • Agro-tourism facilities § Sanative drinkable waters (Red Water)
  • Forests with planes and chestnuts
  • The ancient towns of Vergina and Pella, capitals of powerful Macedonia, with royal tombs and many findings and monuments
  • The gigantic Rocks of Meteora, a global ecological phenomenon which is also an important monument of Orthodoxy.

 

Activities:

  • Swimming, sunbathing, fishing, rowing and water sports,
  • Hiking,
  • Climbing,
  • Horse-riding,
  • Mountain bike,
  • Paragliding and other air sports,
  • Gastronomy,
  • Theatrical performances and concerts in the Castle of Platamon and Ancient Dion, within the framework of the Olympus Festival,
  • Visits to wineries,
  • Ski and snowboard,
  • Canoe kayak
  • Excursions,
  • Churches,
  • Shopping,
  • Entertainment.