about THIS ROUTE
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 trees. 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.
In Pythio you may, also, admire the eremitic caves from the Byzantine ages. The wall paintings found in the eremitic cave of the Holly Cross date back to 1339. Elassona, the last destination upon the route, has been known since Homer’s Iliad as it took part in the Trojan War. The river Elassonitis divides the new from the old town. Among sights to visit, there is the Monastery of Panagia Olympiotissa and the arched bridge.