On the shore of Thermaikos Gulf, below an imposing castle, Platamonas spreads in a wonderful natural environment.
- Getting there, accomodation
- The location
- Τhe castle
- The old rairoad, New and Old Pandeleimon, the valley of Tempe.
- A few words about Pieria
- Extra Info
On the shore of Thermaikos Gulf, below an imposing castle, Platamonas spreads in a wonderful natural environment, as well as the nearby settlements of Neos Panteleimon at the north and of Nei Pori at the south. The area has beautiful beaches, very good infrastructure and easy access. For many years Platamonas is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Macedonia.
Platamonas is located in the south of Pieria, near the southeastern foothills of Mount Olympus, very close to Thessaly and the Valley of Tempe; is at 40 km from Katerini and 54 km from Larissa. The settlement of Neos Panteleimon is 7 km north of Platamonas and the settlement of Nei Pori 2 km south.Access is by highway E75. There is also a railway transport.
AccommodationPlatamonas has very good tourist infrastructure and offers the prospect for any kind of vacation. Families with young children and visitors of all ages are provided with everything needed for recreation and entertainment.
There are many dining options in restaurants and fish-taverns; also many places to relax with “ouzo and meze”, cafes, bars and clubs to dance.
There are banks and all the necessary services. The market is rich with many shops.
There is a harbor for small boats.
Well organized for tourism are also the neighboring settlements Nei Pori and Neos Panteleimon. They have hotels, rooms to let, camping, restaurants, fish-taverns and bars for entertainment.
Platamonas is in a wonderful environment with lush vegetation all around. Dominant features are the impressive castle, which rises above, and the sea. The beach with its crystal clear waters is awarded the blue flag of Europe.
According to one view it took its name from the many plane trees in the area; according to another aspect the name due to the wide beaches.
The area is beautiful all year round. It is a favorite destination for residents of surrounding areas on weekends and holidays. During the summer life revolves around the holidays. Platamonas has 2,200 residents; the summer reach 14,000.
From Platamonas we can visit the castle and hold near or more distant excursions; to the south in the beautiful Valley of Tempe; to the west in the public forests of Lower Olympus; to the north in the traditional village of Old Panteleimon. Another destination with a special interest is the ancient Dion, in the north, one of the most important archaeological sites in Macedonia.
Very close, two km to the south, is the settlement of New Pori, with nice sandy beach and clear sea; resort, well organized for tourism.
Nearby is the village of Old Pori with stone houses of the 17th and 18th century. In the square is the Byzantine church of Aghios Georgios. A walk in the woods above the village leads to two chapels.
Near Platamonas at the top of a hill stands the famous Castle of Platamonas; one of the most photographed places in Greece. The imposing tower is a distinctive landmark, as travelers cross the highway.
The name Platamonas was first mentioned in 1198 in a golden bull of the Byzantine emperor Alexios the first Komninos.
In the area the ancient city Hraklion was built, founded by the Macedonian kings. Many consider that the castle was built in its place. It’s the only left by the Franks in Macedonia, when during 1204 – 1224 prevailed in the region after the conquest of Constantinople.
The founder of the Frankish kingdom of Macedonia, Boniface, conquered in 1205 Platamonas and gave the knight Pisco Ronaldo, who built the castle in the most strategic location. In 1218 the castle was captured by Despot of Epirus, Theodore Angelos; in 1259, after the battle of Pelagonia, by the emperor of Nice, Michael the eighth Palaeologus; and in 1385 by the Turks. In 1425 the Venetians came and after two years the Turks again, who stayed until the liberation of the region by the Greeks in 1912.
The castle is preserved in a very good condition and offers space for theatrical performances and concerts taking place in the Olympus Festival.
The visit is a walk in an outdoor museum. The castle has inner and outer wall and a central tower, as the medieval castles of the time. The outer wall has an octagonal shape. The entrance is on the north side, two meters above the ground for extra security. On the right of the entrance the walls have a height of 9, 5 meters and on the left 7, 5 meters. The thickness is from 1, 2 to 2 meters. The imposing octagonal central tower rises to the northeastern side. It has a height of 16 meters and the thickness of the wall is 2 meters. Of the five churches in the castle stands the church of Aghia Paraskevi.
The old rairoad
Platamonas has long inextricably linked with the railway Athens – Thessaloniki and the railway with the wonderful natural environment of the region. The train station of Platamonas was an important transportation hub and the trains packed with people arriving from Larissa at the seaside resort.
The building of the station is a typical example of the museum network of old railway stations in Greece. It is near the sea in an area full of plane trees. It has two floors with tiled roof, shed, warehouse, large water tower and four stone buildings.
The railway was constructed in 1916. It crosses the area with lush vegetation near the coast and after passing through a tunnel under the castle. From 2004 it belongs to the tradition. The new railway passes to Platamonas through a four kilometers tunnel.
But the charm of the old railway was not lost. It is an integral part of the history and character of Platamonas and the residents care for its preservation and promotion. In 2005 it was declared historic site and has been included in the Roadmap for the Suburban Railway of Thessaloniki.
The New and Old Pandeleimon
North of Platamonas to seven kilometers is the settlement of New Panteleimon, also at the foot of Mount Olympus. The Paneleimon Beach is a nice seaside resort, well organized for tourism.
Inside the area is Old Panteleimon, a traditional village with famous taverns and standard hostels. Those who love the thrills of paragliding can exercise their hobby here. Just above the village is the church of Prophetes Elias. It is the starting point for paragliding; the finish is on the beach.
The Valley of Tempe
South of Platamonas, the highway crosses one of the most beautiful natural areas of Greece. It is the Valley of Tempe, between the southern edge of Mount Olympus and the northern outskirts of Mount Ossa, crossed by the river Peneus. It is the passage which opened the lake that covered the area millions of years ago, when the geological upheavals created the plain of Thessaly.The valley begins in the village of Tempe and ends before the railway station of Rapsani. It has a length of 8 kilometers; the minimum width is 40 meters. The rocky sides rise steep and imposing up to 500 meters.
On the north side we can park for lunch, coffee and relax from the trip; there are restaurants and cafes. On the south side we will stop to enjoy the amazing natural environment. Here is the bed of the river Peneus and the slopes on both sides are covered with trees and flowers, creating beautiful corners that make up a unique natural landscape.
Pieria is the southernmost region of Central Macedonia, located north of Larissa and south of Emathia. The capital is the town of Katerini.
The region has an area of 1516 sq km and combines the beauty of mountain and sea. To the west rises the charming Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, along with the green mountains Pieria. The eastern side ends up in an endless coast in the large Thermaikos Gulf. The terrain is flat at 40%. The fertile plain extends to the eastern coastal part. The river Aliakmonas flows into the bay on the north side.
Pieria offers many possibilities for summer and winter tourism in popular destinations. Olympus and Litochoro attract year-round the nature lovers and hikers. The coastal settlements have all the facilities for a good holiday and the beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag of Europe. The length of the coastline is over 70 km. There are famous archeological sites, such as Dion and Pydna, castles and other attractions. It is easily accessible everywhere. Pieria is crossed by the highway and the railway connecting Athens and Thessaloniki.
From north to south the beaches of Pieria are:
Methoni, Nea Agathoupoli, Makrygialos, Aghios Ioannis – Pydna, Alyki of Kitros.
Korinos beach, Katerini beach, Olympiaki Akti (Olympic Coast).
Variko, Gritsa, Plaka, Leptokarya, Skotina beach, Panteleimonas beach, Platamonas, Nei Pori.
- Katerini - Platamonas: 38 km
- Larisa - Platamonas: 54 km
- Thessaloniki - Platamonas: 105 km
- Athens - Platamonas: 405 km
- Platamonas - Leptokarya: 10 km
- Platamonas - Neoi Poroi: 2 km
- Platamonas - Skotina: 5 km
- Platamonas - Palios Panteleimonas: 7 km
- Platamonas - Litochoro: 20 km