Main Attractions

Platamon Castle

The Castle of Platamon, next to the National Road, was built during the Frankish rule, southeast of Olympus, and fortified a city of the Middle Byzantine period. It was constructed in the period 1204-1222 AD upon the order of Boniface of Montferrat, (King of Thessaloniki and one of the leaders of the Fourth Crusade) to control the passage from Macedonia to Thessaly. Due to its strategic location, the castle was never destroyed but it retained plenty of its original features as a medieval fortress.


Palaios Panteleimon

Palaios Panteleimon is designated as a traditional settlement since it is one of the best examples of traditional Macedonian architecture in Northern Greece. The settlement managed to preserve its local aesthetic as it was almost deserted since the 1950s, when its inhabitants were massively moving to the largest settlement of Neos Panteleimon. In the 1980s, however, a change was at hand since the settlement was restored and its rapid tourist development began.


Olympus

Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and is worldwide known for its ecology and its unique natural beauty. Its fame is also connected to ancient Greek mythology: according to the religious beliefs of the ancient Greeks the Twelve Olympian Gods lived at its peak (Mytikas: 2,918 m. altitude). The intense diversity of the landscape, the different orientation of the slopes, the rocks, the great altitude and the proximity of its peaks to the sea affect climate in various locations, resulting in local microclimate conditions favoring the development of particular types of vegetation and distinctive bioreserves.


Meteora

Meteora is a formation of immense dark-colored sandstone pillar-rocks and rounded boulders rising out of Kalambaka, near the first high knolls of Pindos and Hassia. The monasteries of Meteora, built on the top of some rocks, are now the second most important monastic complex in Greece, the first being Mount Athos. Of the thirty monasteries that were built over the centuries, only seven are currently operating. Since 1988 they are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Climbing Routes



Trekking Routes

Olympus’ stunning height, its mythical charm and easy accessibility makes it a magnet for thousands of visitors from all around the world. The roads and trails crossing the mountain —a very well preserved network— provides the hiker and the simple visitor, who is not a mountain enthusiast, with the opportunity of getting to know Olympus, the flora and fauna varieties and the its natural beauty.

The most important trail is the E4 European Path that runs west from Litochoro to the peaks, through the Enipeas gorge. There is also the O2 National Path that connects the south peaks with Mount Pelion. In many locations you will find places to seat near water springs and fountains offering visitors moments of relaxation and meditation, while you will also find information signs with the map of the National Park as well as useful instructions. For those guests having enough time, the ideal way to reach the top would be to follow the second route and take the way down via the first one, spending a night in one of the shelters.




Climbing Routes

For climbers Olympus is a unique and privileged site. You can find organized hiking trails starting from Litochoro, Dion and Petra. Accenting the mythical mountain of the gods during summer usually lasts from the beginnings of June until the end of September. This is the season when the shelters below the tops are operating and the weather allows an ascent without any snow equipment or the mountaineering experience required for winter climbing. The two most beautiful routes to explore Olympus start from Litochoro and run all the way to the tops of the mountain.

The first one follows Enipeas gorge and after five hours of persisting hiking the visitor passes Agios Dionysios Monastery to arrive at the site Prionia (1,100m altitude). You can also reach this location by car. The second one starts from Prionia, it follows the well-marked E4 European Path and in about two and a half hours through a path of unique beauty you will arrive at the main shelter of Olympus, Spilios Agapitos (2,100m altitude). There you can rest, enjoy lunch, and spend a night.


Excursions at the nearby islands of Sporades archipelago



Skiathos

Skiathos is the closest island of the Sporades archipelago to the port of Volos, as well as the most cosmopolitan. It is rich in vegetation, with numerous beaches, the most famous ones being Koukounaries, Banana, Megali Ammos, Vassilias, Mandraki, Kalamaki, Vromolimno, Lalaria —a beach difficult to reach— and the one in the small island of Tsougria.

Crystal clear waters, golden beaches with fine sand and pine trees spreading all the way to the shore compose a magical scenery. Walk around the narrow and picturesque alleys of the town of Skiathos and discover gourmet treasures as well as many small shops with local products.







Take advantage of the unique prices of ZEUS Hotel and combine your stay in Platamonas with a day trip to Skiathos.






Skopelos

Bright green, set on a blue background, Skopelos impresses the visitor with its lush nature. The supremacy of the greenery, which occupies 67% of the island, is interrupted by the traditional settlements with the white manor-houses, a mix of architectural styles, the numerous monasteries and chapels, as well as the sandy and colorful pebble beaches.

Skopelos’ geographical position renders the island a unique food for the eyes: the scenery becomes quite diverse, since depending on the time of the day, the light and the weather conditions every beautiful corner of the island is painted in different colors.







Take advantage of the day trip to Skopelos, offered by ZEUS Hotel, and discover the greenest island of Greece.

Museums - Monuments




Dion Archaeological Park and Museum

Dion, the place of the ancient worship of Olympian Zeus, emerged around the end of the 5th century B.C. as the official religious center of the Macedonians. The archaeological site of Dion covers an area of approximately 1,500 acres, including the wall enclosure, the urban layout with its vertically intersecting streets and public buildings, shops and residences of the Roman and Early Christian period. Out of the walls, the sanctuary of Dion was revealed, as well as the Hellenistic and Roman theater, the stadium and extensive necropoles (cemeteries). The archaeological museum of Dion is located in the settlement of Dion, in a 500m distance from the entrance of the archaeological site.









Archaeological Park of Vergina - Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai

The wider archaeological site of Aigai, which consists of the Polycentric Museum, the Palace, the city and the acropolis, is now protected as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and it is a region of particular natural beauty.

The most important attraction of Vergina is the Royal Tombs in the ancient necropolis of Aigai. The museum includes numerous exhibits, yet the most important and well known is the golden larnax with the star of the Macedonians that contains the bones of King Philip II and the golden wreath the dead wore as a crown. Except for the royal tombs, in the archaeological site of Vergina you will also see the Ancient Theater, the Eukleia Sanctuary and the Palace.







Adventure Sports













Beaches

The intense diversity of the natural environment along an extensive 30-km coastline, alternating lush mountains and golden sand with crystal clear blue waters, offers visitors the chance to enjoy the sea and reach in no time shadowy places in the mountain villages and take pleasure in their scenic routes. Along the coastline, there are pine trees, grazing, extensive organized beaches or isolated bays, so that visitors can choose the site they prefer.





Although we recommend that you visit as many beaches as possible and explore the natural beauty of the alternating site, we did our best to evaluate the best beaches according to certain criteria as follows:



Α/Α

Criterion

Platamonas

N. Poroi

N. Panteleimonas

Leptokaria

1

Organized beach

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

Distance from parking lot

0m

50-100m

50m

50m

3

Distance from settlement

1,2km

100m

1,8km

850m

4

Sandy beach

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5

Rocky beach

No

No

Medium

Medium

6

Sand inside the sea

Yes

Yes

Sufficient

Sufficient

7

Rocks inside the sea

No

No

Medium

More

8

Sea depth

Normal

Shallowly

A bit deep

A bit deep

9

Suggested for due to the proximity to the sea

Couples and Families

Families with young children

Couples

Couples

10

Crowded beach

Sufficient

Αρκετά

Medium

Sufficient

 

It is worth mentioning that there are several beach bars and summer clubs & bars in the wider region on different locations than above-mentioned organized beaches, attracting bulks of visitors.