Paralia of Katerini
Paralia of Katerini is a coastal area of Pieria on the shores of the Thermaikos Gulf with 1470 permanent residents and today is a district of Katerini. It is 8 km away from the city centre and due to its privileged geographical location, it has developed a remarkable tourist and commercial activity since several decades ago.
It was created in 1922 when refugees from Kios of Asia Minor settled for the first time. The main activities of the inhabitants were fishing, agriculture and transit trade of raw materials by sea until the late 60s when tourism industry prevailed.
Since then, there has been a rapid residential, economic and social development by attracting thousands of people and activities from all over Greece and abroad and it has become the region as we know it today.
For the visitor
- Visitors can have a memorable experience while trying a multitude of activities….
- Swimming and water sports
- Shopping at the numerous stores
- Restaurants with local cuisine, mainly seafood
- Fun activities
- Cultural activities and events
Easy access to the sights of the region
Pieria is remarkably dotted with significant archaeological sites. The famed Dion, the prehistoric settlement at Makrigialos, ancient and Byzantine Pydna, the nearby Louloudies site, ancient Livithra are the best-known archaeological sites open to the public.
Visit the mythical Olympus. Mountaineering Associations have carefully organized routes and special, hospitable refuges. The roads and paths crossing the mountain nonetheless allow visitors who do not have a special interest in mountaineering or special knowledge to become acquainted with the mountain, its diverse flora and fauna and its natural beauty up close.
Traditional villages across Mt Olympus and the Pieria Mts are easily accessible. You will be rewarded with the exceptional natural landscape. Surrounded by impressive forests, stand out for their interesting Macedonian architecture, where stone is the main building material, and managed to keep alive the traditional life.
Pieria has a rich collection of churches or monasteries, the most important belong to the Byzantine or post-Byzantine period. Most of them are to be found in southern Pieria in mountainous locations because it was safer in times of pirate raids and invasions.
The waterfalls in Pozar, a large swimming pool with thermal water springs from the bowels of the earth, ancient Pozar to specific areas is indeed a miracle of nature. You will also find a number of new private Pozar which can be isolated to one or more hours to enjoy with your friends.
It’s more than certain that you will find shopping in the city center of Thessaloniki extremely convenient. All you’ll have to do is go inside and wander around the “square” that is formed from four major streets: Egnatia st., Ethnikis Amynis st., Nikis Av. and Venizelou st.