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The Olympic Riviera

The landscape of mysterious stories and the birthplace of the Greek mythology, right under the site of the sumpreme Greek gods - Mount Olympus. It is in this very place where the Olympic Riviera can be found, a resort with magical beaches, impressive scenery of huge mountains, old witnesses of the ancient times. To get a better idea of this destination and to see where everything is located, see the section Olympic Riviera Map.

Olympic Riviera: Weather and climate

The Olympic Riviera is located in the Thermaic Gulf near the coast of the Aegean Sea on the Greek mainland, about 100 km from Thessaloniki with an airport.

Olympská riviéra - moře

The landmark and the natural jewel of the region is the Olympus Range, with the highest peak of Mytikas boasting nearly 3 000 m. Even on sultry days in summer, you can indulge in the weird view on its white snowcap. Besides their beauty, the rocks also provide favourable conditions for some species of rare plants and animals, and so it is not surprising that the whole locality is strictly protected as a national park and by UNSECO. With its mountain climate and clean air, the riviera is, except typical holiday-makers, also a target of all those suffering from asthma, allergies or some of the skin diseases which are treated there successfully.

Olympic Riviera beaches

Olympská riviéra - Platamonas

One of the main attractions of the Olympian Riviera are its famous, more than 60 km long beaches, with goldish sand and crystal clear blue and turquoise water. It is no wonder then the riviera is awarded the Blue Flag of the EU for quality every year. The traditional resorts are Leptokaria (a resorts offering all the comfort you can imagine, and entertainment for both adults and children; the beach was awarded the Blue Flag), Nei Pori (a resort with one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, suitable especially for parents with small children - the beach offers facilities like an amusement park, sports activities and games), Platamonas (a comfortable resortswith a clean beach and all the tourist service necessary, and a vast medieval castle in the background).

Have you visited the region? Help us with the content of the website!

There is never enough information about the Olympic Riviera. And who would be more familiar with the island than those who have spent there their holiday? We would like to ask you to dedicate a few minutes of your time evaluating your holiday on the island, telling us what you liked there and what the Olympic Riviera means to you, or possibly also to give us tips and advice that could be useful for other visitors who are interested in the island and are thinking of going there for holiday.  

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What to do on the Olympic Riviera?

Olympská Riviéra

Once you can wery of idling in the paradise of the beaches, set off for a trip to the wide landscape to discover its thousands of beauties. You can do that on a mountain bike, climbing the rocks using ropes and pitons, or simply walking. In all cases don’t forget to bring your (video) camera as there will be a lot of inspiring pictures to take. You can visit the place called Litochoro,  a former spa town near the Leptokaria resort. it is located in the foothills of the Olympus Range, serving as a point of departure for climbing to its peaks. The town is perfect for nice walks and shopping in the little shops or at the market. Close to the town you will find the village of Dion, named after the supreme Greek god and famous for its numerous archaeological findings. A bit further, there is a place called Neos Panteleimonas, a mountain village with charming houses and the huge castle of Platamon on a rock densely covered with exuberant green vegetation. On your way to the dripstone Spilia Cave located south-east of the Leptokaria resort, you will come across the village of Rapsani that became a kind of wine cellar of the region for its favourable conditions for growing grapevine. In the Olympic region, you can also experience an interesting gravitational phenomena: on the magnetic mountain of Lifidra everything is exactly the other way around than we are used to - walking to the hill is more difficult than going down, and even the water there flows upwards, not downwards. Which is a bit terrifying but funny and totally unique.

Klášter Meteora

If you long for a longer trip that will uncover the unseen jewels of the region, you can go further to the interior to a place called Kalambaka. You will see there an incredible building that will make your flesh creep. On a huge massive rock, monasteries have been built, named Meteora. The name means ‘hanging in the air’, and the graceful monastery building actually seem to be hovering in the space between the rocks. The whole scenery with bizarre mossy mountains is completely unique and frostily mystical.

List of sites

For a complete list of places of interest, see the List of sites in the menu on the left. You will find there Monasteries, Museums and historical sites or an overview of Natural places of interest

Olympic Riviera surroundings

Olympská Riviéra - Pantheleimon

The classical targets of the tours organized from the Olympic Riviera obviously include the well-known places like Athens (there you can see the Acropolis, the temple of Parthenon, the Olympic Stadium, the Arch of Hadrian and other monuments included in the world’s cultural heritage), Delfi (a perfect place for those interested in mysticism since this was the very place where the priestess Pythia was dwelling in the cathedral with the oracle), Thessaloniki (the second latgest Greek city after Athens where you will find many different museums, historical sites, and also one of the largest waterparks in Europe); or you can visit some of the islands (e.g.. Skopelos, Evia, Lesbos, Skiathos, Thassos or the Chalkidiki peninsula). 

Which travel agencies offer tours to the Olympic Riviera?

There is quite a lot of travel agencies offering tours to this regio; you can view them in the section Olympic Riviera Tours. Besides that, we would also recommend you to see the offer of the travel agencies in the chart, as they sometimes have a discount or special offer that couldn’t be included in our system. 

Where to go to the Olympic Riviera?

Travel agencies offer tours mostly to the resorts of Leptokaria, Litochoro, Mesagala, Nei Pori, Neos Panteleimon, Paralia, Platamonas and Thessaloniki.

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Tips on a hotel in the area Olympic Riviera

Cosmos from 14 990 Kč with all the fees

Aparthotel Cosmos nacházející se 200 m od pláže v blízkosti centra letoviska Paralia (cca 250 m) v těsné blízkosti hotelu Orea Eleni (cca 80 m).

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Mediterranean Village

Rozlehlý hotelový areál Mediterranean Village, který tvoří hlavní budova a zahradní apartmány, se nachází v klidné oblasti hned u moře a široké a prostorné písčité pláži. Délka hotelu Mediterranean Village je cca 640 m a jeho šířka dosahuje kolem 80 m. Komplex leží ve vzdálenosti cca 1,5 km od střediska Paralia Katerinis, kam se dá dojít pěšky podél silnice nebo po pláži. Na pláži jsou sprchy a převlékací kabinky. Taxi do letoviska Paralia Katerinis vychází na cca 2-3€/cesta, do Katerini na cca 7€. Městská autobusová linka do Paralie Katerinis a Katerini jezdí v sezóně každých 20 minut a stojí cca 1,50€/jedna cesta. Zastávka nedaleko hotelu. V Paralii Katerinis jsou kavárny, cukrárny, restaurace, bankomat, široké nákupní možnosti, lékárna, lékař.

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from 3 190 Kč with all the fees

Studia Soula jsou rodinným ubytovacím zařízením s láskou vedeným majitelkou Soulou a jejím manželem Pavlosem. Nacházejí se jen 250 m od známé písečné pláže Paralia. Dům funguje jako hotel a skládá ze dvou křídel - první, přední křídlo má výhled na ulici a najdete v něm jen studia, zatímco v zadním křídle se zase nacházejí apartmány. Rušné centrum letoviska Paralia Katerini se nachází ve vzdálenosti 250 m, přímo naproti domu Soula najdete jeden hypermarket. V okolí a samozřejmě v centru naleznete množství restaurací, obchodů, pekáren, kaváren a hudebních barů a ostatní občanskou vybavenost. Ideální volba pro rodiny s dětmi a stejně tak i pro dovolenkáře cestující po vlastní ose, kteří vyhledávají odpočinek u moře kombinovaný s nejrůznějšími aktivitami a zábavou.

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Orea Eleni from 7 490 Kč with all the fees

Jeden z nejznámějších dominantních hotelů v Paralii se nachází 120 m od pláže, v centru letoviska.

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Orfeas Blue Resort


V nádherné oblasti Pieria, v klidném prostředí, blízko oblíbené Paralia - Katerini (8 km), přímo na pláži Korinós s jemným pískem je situován hotel Orfeas Blue Resort. Byl zcela zrekonstruován a je novým členem v síti hotelů Orfeas. Hotel kombinuje moderní potřeby s klasickým stylem, relax se zábavnými aktivitami a čerstvost mládí s dlouholetými zkušenostmi v cestovním ruchu s cílem splnit každé přání hostů. Pokoje jsou moderní a pohodlné, každý má vlastní styl a stylové zařízení. Z balkonů se vám naskytne pohled na otevřené moře. K zábavě a sportu lze využít tenisový kurt, fotbalové hřiště, volejbal, stejně i vodní sporty na pláži. Doporučujeme!

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Jason from 3 990 Kč with all the fees


Stylová budova hotelu Jason se nachází v nové rezidenční čtvrti oblíbeného letoviska Paralia Katerini. Písečná pláž s pozvolným vstupem do moře je vzdálena jen cca 350 m, do rušného centra nabízejícího množství zábavy, nákupů, hudebních barů, restaurací, taveren či rychlého občerstvení je cca 700 m. Pro pohodlí hostů je zde i bazén s lehátky a slunečníky, děti čeká menší hřiště. Budova má úroveň hotelu, ale protože pokoje disponují i ​​kuchyňským koutem a nabízíme ho bez stravy, v našem pojetí jde o studia - podotýkáme, že na vysoké úrovni. Hotelový snack bar nabízí lehké občerstvení a nápoje prakticky během celého dne.

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