, a strip of white-sanded land
surviving in Greece.
ver-growing in popularity Toroni with its vast coast, and Porto Koufo with the best fish in the area.
At the east side of Sithonia, Vourvourou features prominently with its “exotic” beaches and deep-blue waters. Halkidiki has islands too! Take the boat from Vourvourou to Diaporos and the other eight islands nearby, far from the hustle and bustle of organized seasides. Kavourotrypes with its white rocks and emerald waters is one of Halkidiki’s most striking beaches, while Sarti is ideal for surf lovers.
Rising to an altitude of 320m, just before Neos Marmaras, Parthenon, the oldest and most beautiful village of Halkidiki, is found. Dating back to the Paleolithic Ages, Parthenon is known for its traditional stone-houses, built in the Macedonian architecture and offers views to die for. This is an absolute must-do before setting off to the beach.
Since the early prehistoric period, Olympus has been the centre of Greek mythology and philosophy, which attempts to interpret the historical events and represents the exploration of the ancient Greek spirit up to the present. What is more, the holy mountain and the area near it, has been connected with many events that played a decisive role on Greece’s future, from the antiquity to the Second World War.
Counting over eight thousand years, Veroia has a rich history being the crossroads for various religions and civilizations, architectural traditions, groundbreaking nature and an abundance of waters. The welcoming city, situated at the foothills of Vermio and 98km. away from Litochoro, has a plentiful to offer to visitors. On the one hand, Aiges, the first city of ancient Macedons, shines through the centuries with a historical wealth that is verified by astonishing archaeological evidence, the excavated royal tombs. Sightseeing begins with a tour at the city’s traditional quarters: that of Kyriotissa, Panagia Deksia and the Jewish quarter. Wonder around the narrow alleys and churches of Kyriotissa, the stone-cobbled streets with the traditional houses and the Synagogue of “Barbouta”, as the Jewish quarter is known, to end up walking along Tripotamos river, where the quarter of Panagia Deksia is located. The picturesque bridges of the river flatter the city’s urban landscape.
Awarded 94 times the world re-known Blue Flag eco-label in 2020, Halkidiki ranks high up in tourist preference. Counting numerous white-sanded beaches with crystal-clear, calm waters, high-standard marinas, lively coastal villages and organized resorts, it is one of Greece’s top summer destinations. Its buzzing night-life, culinary heritage and natural wonders, they all make up for an exciting experience. The road trip from Litochoro to Moudania, the point in which you choose one of the three peninsulas you will to head to, is 158 km.
life and energy, Larisa, one of the largest cities in Greece and capital of the
Thessalian plain, is a modern and full of history metropolis composing an
interesting mosaic for the visitor. The most impressive testimony of Larisa’s
3000 years of history is Ancient TheatreI, located in the heart of the city. This splendid monument, which was dedicated
to god Dionysus, dates back to the 3rd century B.C.
Nearby, there is Ancient Theatre II, dating back to the Roman times. Further to the North, at Fortress Hill, there are the remains of the basilica of Agios Achilleios (6th century A.D.) and Bezesteni, the most significant Ottoman monument surviving in Larisa since the 15th century. For almost 100 years, Alkazar Park, with its amazing greenspace running alongside Pineios river, cools down hot summer temperatures. The park consists of acafeteria, mini-golf, open-air theatre, a bike-lane, an artificial lake, footbridges and park benches, altogether creating an environment ideal for relaxation, activities and well-being.
Departing from Litochoro and heading to the shores of Thessaly, just 46km away, you will be awestruck by the region’s wondrous nature. Stomio, which is the first in line, is a place of stunning beauty where trees seem to caress the sea. Combining the mountainous (Kissavos) with the aquatic element, it is a great summer spot and very popular among families who are looking for a safe sandy beach with swallow waters for kids to play at. Stomio is, also, a famous fishing ground. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some delicious fish and seafood. Located close to Stomio, the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Dimitrios, which was founded before 1492, is surrounded by lush nature, while the new monastery, built next by, is famous for its miraculous icon of Virgin Mary (Panagia Odigitria).
70 kilometers overflown with intense, alternating nature separate Elassona from Velvento (in the region of Kozani). History is in equal abundance and begins to unfold as soon as you reach the 20th km of the Elassona-Kozani road. This is where Hatzigogou’s Chani is located. The building was used by the troops of the Greek successor to the throne, Constantine, as headquarters in the Battle of Sarantaporo. It is here that on October 1912 the Greek armed forces defeated the Turks. This was a decisive victory as it led, a while later, to the liberation of Western and Central Macedonia. Nearby, a museum exhibits material evidence surviving from the battle (armature, military uniforms, etc.) and a memorial monument has been raised to commemorate those who died.
The road distance between Katerini-Elassona is 69 km, lasts approximately 1 hour and 16 minutes and goes by picturesque villages with great historical interest. The first village is Agios Dimitrios, at an altitude of 800 m. Situated between the mountains of Olympus and Pieria, the village is surrounded by fir, beech, oak and pine treεs. Southwest of Olympus, at an altitude of 720 m., there is Pythio, known from as early as the Homeric times. Excavations have brought to light the temples of Apollo Pythio and Poseidon, the ruins of which you may admire in the archaeological site of Pythio. The villages of Pythio, Azoro and Dolichi, which are located in short distance from one another and on the right side of the Katerini-Elassona highway, formed in antiquity the first Amfiktionia: the ancient Perraevian Tripolitida.