Pieria – Olympus Riviera is a unique destination, combining the mountain and the sea. Pieria has a truly extensive coastline of about 70 kilometers, which starts from Methoni and ends at Neoi Pori. The countless and spotless beaches that the visitor will meet will certainly satisfy him since the combination of mountain and sea, green and blue create a unique landscape.
Starting from the north of the Prefecture, Methoni, the visitor will come across a sandy beach with shallow waters. In the area you can find taverns in front of the sea with fresh fish and shells since a large part of the inhabitants engaged in fishing.
Then we meet Makrygialos, a quite large seaside village with sandy beach as well. In the area you can find several taverns, restaurants and rooms for your stay.
Then we find Alykes Kitros, with a long sandy beach and a picturesque harbor serving the amateur fishermen as well as the nearby mussels cultivation units. A salt plant is also operating in the area.
Passing from the wetlands of Alykes and Faros, we find unorganised deserted sandy beaches. The area has high salinity and is considered to be protected for the flora and fauna that grows there. You can see rare plants and birds in the area as well as turtles.
Then we meet Korinos, whose beaches are also sandy with relatively shallow waters. The sea is very close to the village and you can find organized beaches restaurants, hotels and refreshments.
Then we find Paralia of Katerini, which in the summer months really sinks from tourism. Just seven kilometers from the center of Katerini, the beach is one of the favorite places of the locals for bathing, eating and having fun. The visitor can find plenty of options for staying, eating, water sports, nightlife and many other activities. The coast in the area is covered with fine sand while the sea is quite shallow, ideal for both children and adults.
After leaving Paralia of Katerini, a few kilometers south, the Olympic Coast (Katerinoskala) is located. The beaches are sandy, organized with plenty of choices for the visitor – hotels, rooms to let, restaurants and entertainment.
A few kilometers further we meet the Variko. The beaches are analogous to the previous, sandy with relatively shallow waters. In the area you can find mainly camps and few houses. The beaches are usually not organized and you have to bring your own equipment.
After Variko we meet the Gritsa port. In the area you can find restaurants, hotels and rooms to let. There are free but also organized beaches. Immediately after the harbor the beach begins to have pebbles and sand as well as the bottom. The sea here is deeper than the previous northern areas.
To the south we meet Plaka of Litohoro, where a significant part of the beach is covered with large pebbles. Here the combination of Mount Olympus and the sea creates a magnificent landscape. Some beaches are relatively inaccessible (area “Gkremia”), but they will surely compensate the visitor with crystal clear waters and excellent seabed. In the area you can find camping, hotels, rooms for rent, fish taverns, bars / cafes. You can choose whether to go to an organized beach or relax on a deserted beach.
Then we find Leptokarya, which has grown in recent years and offers plenty of choices to the visitor, and the summer months suffocated by tourism. The coasts are mainly covered with sand and small pebbles. In the area you can find almost everything. The beaches are mainly organized with a beach bar, fish taverns, restaurants, plenty of hotels and rooms to let. A great advantage of the area is the train station that passes through the village and allows the visitor to easily move to neighboring cities.
A little further south, we meet the beach of Skotina with sand and small pebbles. The waters start and deepen and are very clear. In the area there are several accommodation options in camps and rooms to let. The visitor will come across both organized and free beaches with trees in some places reaching the sea.
Right next to Skotina is the beach of Panteleimonas. The beach is quite large in size with sand and pebbles. Here you will find several campsites with plenty of greenery, with trees, mostly plane trees, reaching the sea. In the area there are some rooms to let, hotels, mini markets, and dining options. You will also find several organized beaches and a beach bars.
Immediately after Panteleimonas beach, we meet the beaches of Platamonas just below the famous castle. The beaches initially have large pebbles and sand, while as we go further south after the harbor we find only sandy beaches. Excellent are the beaches just below Platamonas Castle with crystal clear deep waters and an appetite for exploration at the seabed. Platamonas during the summer months is full of both tourists and visitors from Larissa who consider it a favorite destination for their holidays. The options in the area are countless for both staying and daily mountain excursions.
At the southernmost tip of the Prefecture of Pieria are Neoi Pori. A settlement built in the sea. You will find many hotels and rooms to rent and countless dining and entertainment options. The sandy beaches extend several kilometers to the border with Thessaly.