TRADITIONAL VILLAGES
Traditional Villages

PALAIOS PANTELEIMONAS

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 Olympus at an altitude of 700 m with an impressive view over the Thermaikos Gulf, the coast of south Pieria and the Venetian castle, 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.

Palaios Panteleimonas is located just 6 km from the village and beach of Neos Panteleimonas which also offers many options for accommodation, food, recreation and tourist information. During the summer months many cultural events are organised in Platamonas Castle as a part of the Olympus Festival. Palaios Panteleimonas is easy to access from the National Road E75 (at the junction of Panteleimonas and Platamonas) and by National Rail (Neoi Poroi Station).

PALAIOI 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 investigate the unique natural fish farm of the prefecture. Nine km towards the sea is the seaside village of Neoi Poroi which has hotels of all classes, many rooms for rent, restaurants, fish taverns, places to enjoy ouzo with mezes and many other food and leisure options.

Palaioi Poroi is situated 45 km from Katerini, the capital of the prefecture and access is easy along the National road E75 (Platamonas junction).

PALAIA SKOTINA

This traditional village on the slopes of Kato Olympus has the impressive Agios Athanasios church dating to the 14th century with a unique wood-carved iconostasis. In the central square of the village is the parish church of the Dormition of the Virgin (Koimiseos Theotokou) which is a three-aisled post-Byzantine basilica with a wooden roof built in 1862 on the site of a much older church.

From here there are some highly interesting hikes to be done offering a good opportunity to admire the flora and fauna of Kato Olympus. Mountain biking and routes for 4x4 vehicles are also plentiful. There are two guesthouses in the village and more hotels and rooms for rent can be found along Skotina Beach as well as in the nearby villages of the area. Palaia Skotina is just 7 km from Skotina village and 9 km from Skotina beach and 40 km from Katerini with excellent access along the National Road E75 (Skotina junction) and via National Rail (Skotina station).