Download GPX file for this article
39.99079922.623854Full screen dynamic map
Europe > Greece > Northern Greece > Macedonia (Greece) > Platamonas

Platamonas

From Wikivoyage
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Platamon (and Neoi Poroi in the back)

Platamonas (Greek: Πλαταμώνας) is a Greek town and coastal resort in Pieria region, Macedonia (Greece).

Understand[edit]

Platamonas is a small town with a population of about 2,000 permanent inhabitants. Platamonas is located in eastern Olympus riviera, an area with many destinations for tourists such as Litochoro, Katerini, Leptokaria, Neoi Poroi. It is part of the Municipal unit of East Olympos of the Dio-Olympos municipality. Platamonas is near two cities. It is 38 km south of Katerini and 49 km northeast of Larissa. The town is easily accessible by train and bus with many routes every day. Platamonas is one of the most famous summer destinations in the area with many hotels, taverns, restaurants and beach bars. The tourists mainly come from nearby cities and towns or from other countries, mainly from Eastern Europe.

Get in[edit]

Platamonas can be accessed by train or bus. The train station is located in a nearby town, Neοi Porοi, which is accessible even on foot from Platamonas. The nearest airport is International Airport Makedonia in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is 104km north of Platamonas, (about 1 hour by train - 1 hour and 10 minutes by bus). The price of train ticket is € 12 from Thessaloniki, € 4 from Larissa (thirty minutes).

Get around[edit]

Map of Platamonas

Platamonas is a small town. You can get around on foot. You can even go on foot to Neoi Poroi however you can move by car, motorbike or bike to save time.

See[edit]

The Castle of Platamon - View of the town from the Castle
  • Platamon Castle. 9-15. The 10th century medieval Castle of Platamon, is the landmark of the town. Visit the Castle and see the spectacular view. 2 €.

Beaches[edit]

  • Akti Platamona. Akti Platamona is one of the longest beaches in Greece. Most of the beach is sandy with many sea games available and lifeguards. Near the beach there are lots of beach bars, cafeterias, and taverns.

Do[edit]

  • Take a trip to the town of Dion (29km north). Near this town there are the ruins of a whole ancient Macedonian town, ancient Dion, an important archaeological site. You can also visit the museun of Dion with many ancient findings from that area.
  • You can go by train or bus to nearby towns such as Leptokaria (about 10 minutes by train), Litochoro (about 15 minutes by train), with nice beaches, many cafe bars, beach bars and taverns. The latter is a popular starting point for activities such as climbing and mountaineering. Litochoro is the basis of the Greek Mountaineering Club and member of the Greek Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing. You can go climbing or/and mountaineering in mount Olympos (2,917m) the highest mountain in Greece and the house of ancient Greek gods.

Eat[edit]

View of Olympos Riviera

In Platamonas you will find typical Greek food such as gyros and souvlaki which are the cheapest choice. Taverns serve Greek cuisine plates and fresh fish from the Aegean. You can also eat pizza, crepes and pasta. Prices vary and depend on the tavern/restaurant and the plate you will choose.

Drink[edit]

  • Stavento, +30 23520 44430. Beautiful Cafe Bar by the sea
  • Jam, Konstantinou Karamanli 74 (Κωνσταντίνου Καραμανλή 74), +30 23520 41541. Cafe Bar
  • Mythos (Μύθος), Konstantinou Karamanli (Κωνσταντίνου Καραμανλή), +30 23520 44690. Cafe Bar by the sea

Sleep[edit]

Night view of Platamon

Budget[edit]

  • Artemis Hotel (Άρτεμις), +30 23520 41406. An economic 2 star hotel on the National Road. A few minutes away from the center of Platamon by car.
  • Hotel Lego, +30 23520 41237. An economic 2 star hotel near the center of Platamon.
  • Vaya Apartments & Studios, Kolokotroni 4th cross street, +30 6944294214, e-mail: . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. Suitable for couples and larger groups.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Platamon is a generally a safe place. In some rare cases there are reports of people who where stung by weevers after stepping on them, while walking in the sea.

Go next[edit]

Move on to Thessaloniki (104 km north) and Chalkidiki or move on to Volos (107 km southeast) from where you can go by boat to Skopelos and Skiathos, the latter being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece.

This city travel guide to Platamonas is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!