Eternal and Greece offers visitors not only fascinating white sand beaches, turquoise waters cruises on three big (Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian), tasty Mediterranean cuisine, but also many other attractions including: castles, mountains and shelters of the gods , monasteries and water parks.
An important landmark of Greece is the small resort town Platamonas (2,000 inhabitants), located on the Aegean coast, 25 km from Mount Olympus, at the south-east of it.
The town, whose name means “long beach” is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Pieria, thanks accommodation and cheap and quality services, and due to its location, being close to the towns of Katerini and Larissa at 38 and 49 km respectively.
Once in Platamonas, you can opt for accommodation from extremely low prices in: studios (studios) with mode: Self-catering or half board hotels through to higher rates, valid for hotel 4 and 5-star all-inclusive.
The resort welcomes you with numerous restaurants and cafes, but is distinguished by the famous Byzantine Castle, built in the X century, between 1204 and 1222, the place where, according to early historical sources, is the ancient town of Heraklion.
The famous city of Platamonas is represented by a high castle crusader in a strategic position, leaving the Tembi Valley (Tempe), through which the main road leading from Macedonia to Thessaly and further to southern Greece.
Most of the Platamonas castle was built by the French king of Thessaloniki, Boniface of Momferatikos, in 1205 over a pre-existing Byzantine castle, as evidenced by parts of the walls dating from the sixth century, the Ninth and tenth.
The castle is first mentioned in texts dating from the thirteenth century, when the Frankish rulers Thessaloniki made extensive repairs to its defense. Renovations of the castle were made and Byzantine rulers of XIV century, and the Venetians in XV century.
After the fall of Constantinople, after the 4th Crusade in 1204, Momferatikos Boniface, who captured Thessaly, gave the castle of King Roland PISKE. He gave him the form that we see today. Shortly afterwards, the fortress – castle was retaken by the Byzantines, and then again by the Turks in 1470, who repaired and fortified it. Castle in Platamonas played an important role during the Turkish occupation, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Archaeological evidence shows also that it was used by the Christians but that was reduced in the nineteenth century plague that swept Europe. Since then, the castle is inhabited.
Currently, the Castle of Platamonas is where every summer organizes a part of a series of cultural and artistic events of the Olympic Festival: theater, concerts, exhibitions, fairs and other activities in the field of visual arts.
The castle can be visited all year round, entrance ticket costing 2€.
Other attractions of the resort Platamonas are Mount Olympus, the gods and the cradle of Olympus National Park.