On the national Athens – Thessaloniki highway, right after the valley of Tempi, we come to a sign in front of the railway station building that reads Rapsani. The road snakes up and meets Rapsani at an altitude of 640m.
The village is built on the south-eastern slopes of kato Olympus, at a location bathed in sunlight throughout the day. The village’s unique position, its clear and digestive waters and cool climate have made it a very popular summer resort. The paved square of Rapsani with its plane trees, mulberries and linden trees offers a view of Tempi is filled with small traditional cafes and shops selling tsipouro and, of course, the famous Rapsani wine.

Palaioi Poroi

Just five kilometers north of coastal Neoi Poroi and under the roof of imposing Mt. Olympus is the traditional settlement of Palaioi Poroi, a beautiful and picturesque village with an altitude of 600 m, a perfect place for strolls among stone-built houses and churches dating back to the 19th century. Palaioi Poroi is a favorite destination for nature lovers. Sprawled above the village, a forest rich in pines, chestnut and strawberry trees, small streams and the spectacular view of Mt. Olympus against the Thermaic Gulf revive one’s whole being. Hotels, lodges, taverns with local delicacies featuring locally-grown ingredients make the passage through Palaioi Poroi an unforgettable experience.

Paleos Panteleimonas

Old Panteleimonas is a traditional settlement that has been preserved in its original state, without having undergone any architectural alterations or interventions in the process of time. The village, which was most probably founded in the 14th century, is built over an altitude of 700m. and offers amazing views towards Mount Olympus and the Golf of Thermaikos. Due to landslides along the cliffs, the village’s permanent residents have moved to New Panteleimonas. Most of the buildings forming the traditional settlement were bought and were renovated by people living in Larisa and Thessaloniki, who were eager to maintain intact the region’s architectural heritage.
Among sights to visit, there is the church of Agios Panteleimonas, old buildings, the renovated school-building and the picturesque village-square with its taverns serving local cuisine, and its known barbequed goat and cheese (galotiri). Cobblestoned alleys lead to the settlement’s center, while cars stay parked at the outskirts of the village.

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