PARALIA KATERINI PIERIA GREECE
The village of Paralia Katerinis is situated on the coasts of the Prefecture of Pieria, on the banks of the Thermaic Gulf. It is 7km away from Katerini and it is easily accessible for visitors through the National Highway E75 (exit in the junction of Katerini or Korinos), the provincial road Olympiakis Aktis – Korinou and the Railway of Katerini. Paralia Katerinis is in the center of the Prefecture of Pieria and is considered to be part of the Prefecture of Katerini. It is connected to Olympiaki Akti through a lit up coastal roadway with a parallel bike lane and a pedestrian zone for evening walks and unforgettable mornings.
Paralia Katerinis was founded in 1922 by fishermen and its inhabitants were immigrants coming from Kios, Asia Minor (Propontida Gulf). At first they settled in Thessaloniki but after a while (part of them) moved permanently into this area because it reminded them of their home country. The post-war maps refer to the village as Skala Vromeris (skala = dock). It was renamed Paralia Katerinis in 1950 and was recognized in 1966.
Due to its advantageous position, tourism was developed in Paralia Katerinis with a lot of hotels, restaurants and other infrastructure provided to all visitors. Both its extensive beaches and the small distance between the road and railway axis contributed to that development.
The cosmopolitan beaches of Paralia Katerinis spread for kilometres with their thin, clean and golden sand and shallow waters. They have been awarded with the European Blue Flag for years. Being wide and sandy, the beaches are overrun with numerous tourists every summer. Moreover, they are equipped with the appropriate infrastructure such as sports fields, pedestrian zones, parking areas, water sports, access for people with disabilities as well as medical center.
Very few places combine so many different kinds of entertainment, recreation and cultural life similar to Paralia Katerinis, thanks to its people’s industriousness and friendliness. Paralia Katerinis constitutes a cosmopolitan tourist resort for thousand of holidaymakers who enjoy high-quality services and some of the most organized beaches with the well-earned Blue Flag.
In Paralia Katerinis you can find a large number of hotel complexes and all categories of rooms/apartments to let, tavernas offering Greek - Mediterranean (delicious sea - food and tasty traditional dishes) as well as international cuisines. Apart from that, there are local markets, water sports, important cultural events and a huge variety of nightclubs. The athletic activities vary from swimming, pedalos, sailing and diving to parasailing and windsurfing. There are also sports fields for all sorts of sports. All the above can guarantee unforgettable vacations.
From Paralia Katerinis you can not only gaze at the imposing Mount of Olympus and the Pierian Mountains, home to the Muses, but also visit many neighboring areas like wetlands, archaeological sites, traditional mountain settlements, monasteries, churches and castles. Mount Olympus and the Pierian Mountains offer magical routes for mountain-biking, horse-riding, riverside paths for all kinds of vehicles and rafting. Paralia Katerinis also has a harbor for your small boats. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy enriching cultural events and amazing nightlife. During the winter, starting from Paralia Katerinis, they can visit Elatochori in the Pierian Mountains and go skiing in the organized ski centre, which has 2300 metres of ski tracks.