Palaios Panteleimonas is located just 6 km from the village and beach of Neos Panteleimonas, and it offers many options for dining, entertainment, sports, and tourist information. 

Τhe view of the Thermaikos Gulf from the area is unique. The path to the village and the surrounding area is rich of the fauna of the lower Mount Olympus, with forests of chestnut, oak, and arbutus. 

During the summertime, you can also attend the cultural events of the International Olympus Festival at Castle of Platamon.

 

Highlights:

  • Unique views
  • Paralia Panteleimonos
  • Venetian Castle of Platamonas
  • Palaioi Poroi & Neoi Poroi
  • Olympus Festival at Castle of Platamon

Archaeological evidence dates Palaios Panteleimonas to the end of the 14th century. Today it is a stunning restored traditional village on the slopes of Kato(Lower) Olympus at an altitude of 700 m with an impressive view over the Thermaikos Gulf, the coast of south Pieria and the Venetian castle of Platamonas. A strict uniform architectural design has been maintained which is immediately obvious and which separates this village from others. Old Agios Panteleimonas church stands in the central square of the village with its age-old plane trees and the old school along with a good number of traditional taverns.

The approach to the village and the surrounding area is marked by a rich forest of chestnut, beech and arbutus trees and the rich flora and fauna of Kato Olympus. It is an ideal area for hikes in nature, parachuting, paragliding, mountain biking and 4x4 routes all of which are on offer. There are many traditional guesthouses offering accommodation and local taverns serving the local dishes of the area, spicy mezes, local wine and traditional tsipouro from the arbutus berries of Olympus.

Paralia Panteleimonos

This is an area known for its summer residences of the inhabitants of Neos Panteleimonas and as a tourist resort, which is flooded with tourists during the summertime. It is located just below the castle of Platamon, and for this reason, sometimes is called Kastro (Castle). The coastal beach is 3 km. Each year it is awarded by the European Union with the Blue Flag award, because of the purity of water and the sandy coast.

Venetian Castle of Platamonas

In a landscape of unparalleled beauty and a strategic location is Platamon Castle, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved castles in Greece. Built on a rocky ridge, in the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, in the region to verify fully the place name: PLATAMON means rocky ends on the sea. In this area, with the agreement of the ancient sources and archaeological findings, was the ancient polis Herakleion, “first polis of Macedonia” after the Tembi Valey. Today the Castle is under the responsibility of the 9th Cultural Organization, is open to the public and carried out the events of the Olympus Festival.

Palaioi Poroi & Neoi Poroi

On the southeast outskirts of Olympus at an altitude of 600 m is Palaioi Poroi, a traditional village with stone houses from the 17th and 18th centuries and the Byzantine church of Agios Georgios in the paved central square. There is a stunning forest above the village which is a great place to walk and admire the flora and fauna of Kato Olympus. Furthermore, there are two impressive churches which are well worth a visit, Agioi Apostoloi Church and Zoodochos Pigi Church. South of the village is the aquatic landscape of Pappapouli in Neoi Poroi where visitors can explore the unique natural fish farm of the prefecture. Nine kilometers towards the sea is the seaside village of Neoi Poroi which has restaurants, fish taverns, places to enjoy ouzo with mezes and many other food and leisure options.

Olympus Festival at Castle of Platamon

The Olympus Festival started in 1972 in Pieria in the Central Macedonia region, and continues to offer high-quality artistic events every July and August. The programme includes ancient and modern theatre, dance, music and visual arts, performed by Greek and international artists. Venues are rich in historical and cultural value, such as the ancient theatre of Dion, the Platamon castle, Ancient Pydna, Ancient Livithra, the Mediterranean Mosaics Centre and the church of Panagia Kontariotissas.

What to expect

  • Unique views
  • Paralia Panteleimonos
  • Venetian Castle of Platamonas
  • Palaioi Poroi & Neoi Poroi
  • Olympus Festival at Castle of Platamon

Who it's for

Our trips are designed for private and corporate groups looking to explore the beauties of Greece while enjoying a ride.

Itinerary

  • 4 nights accommodation in a traditional guesthouse or 4* hotel, bed & breakfast basis
  • Maps and detailed travel information
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • All taxes and service charges
  • 24hrs Assistance phone number

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