Pieria. Pieria is one of the thirteen prefectures of the Greek district of Macedonia. It is located southwest of Thessaloniki and borders the prefectures of Imathia, Kozani and Larissa to the western side, the Aegean Sea to the east. It is an area with a beautiful nature with many forests, rivers, wetlands and rich flora and fauna.
Pieria is a prefecture where you can go twelve months a year on vacation. This is partly due to the beaches of Pieria which are gorgeous and perfect for a summer holiday. Secondly, because here are Mount Olympus and the Pieria Mountains located, ideal for hikers and mountaineers.
To summarize briefly, the west and south of the region is mountainous, which covers an area of 60% of the total area. The northern and central part to the east is flat. Those who come in the summer on holiday, will enjoy the beautiful resorts that are on the 70 kilometre long coastline. Famous beaches are the beaches of Korinos, Paralia, Olympiaki Akti (Olympian coast), Litochoro, Leptokarya, Platamonas and Neoi Poroi. Most of these beaches are beautiful sandy beaches.
If you like active holidays, you've come to the right place because you can practice various sports activities such as hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding and all kinds of water sports in a beautiful natural environment where mountain and beach are close together.
Pieria is also very rich in history and culture. There are several archaeological sites where remains of buildings and objects are visible. The best known are Dion, the Neolithic settlement of Makrigialos, Ancient Pydna and the castle of Platamonas.
Capital of Pieria is the town of Katerini which lies 68 km from Thessaloniki. Katerini is located on the route Athens-Thessaloniki. In the town live about 80 thousand inhabitants. In the centre of the city is the park of Katerini which is very popular among both locals and tourists and where you can go walking.
Litochoro Litochoro is a nice traditional village on the slopes of Mount Olympus. From here begins one of the many mountain trails leading to the summit of Olympus. From here you can walk through the gorge of Enipeas, where the river flows, it is a beautiful hike in a beautiful, wild nature.
Olympus: The highest mountain in Greece, with the top Mykitas at 2918 meters. Here would have lived the 12 Greek Gods according to Greek Mythology. This massive mountain is the second highest mountain in the Balkans and is located on the border of the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa. The top Mykitas is llocated in Pieria. It is a paradise for hikers, the can reach the top via many different paths. Every year thousands of nature loverscome here to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Olympus. At various places refuges are stationed at different heights to accommodate the hikers. It is the first mountain in Greece (1938), which was designated as a National Park and enjoys a protected status.
Pieria mountains: Northwest of Olympus are the Pieria mountains. These are mountains of exceptional beauty and geomorphological softness. Nature has something of art and is not rough like the Olympus, where often high peaks with deep canyons alternate. Here everything is 'kinder'. According to Greek mythology, the Nine Muses Nine lived here. These mountains are also famous for its rich flora and fauna and the wonderful, traditional mountain villages such Skotina, Milia, Elatochori and Ryakia.
Wetlands: There are several wetlands in Pieria as the wetland of the river Aliakmon in Elos Agathoupoli, the wetland Aliki Kitrou and the wetland of Neoi Poroi.
Pieria is located close to Thessaloniki, where an international airport is present and where both domestic and international flights take place through the year. There is also a train connection from both Athens and in Thessaloniki.