Plaka Litochoro

Plaka Litochoro

East of the town of Litochoro is an extended coastal area known as Pláka or Pláka Litochorou (Πλάκα Λιτοχώρου), spreading from the foot of Olympus to the Thermaic Gulf and extending from Leptokarya in the south to Gritsa in the north. The E75 highway national road passes through the area of Plaka to the south of Litochoro. Villa Litochoro is actually located on the ocean front, in Plaka.  The coast mainly consists of sandy beaches with seaside resorts as well as hotels, campsites, restaurants, and beach bars, (which mostly operate during the summer season from June to September). In this area of Plaka there are private residences, luxurious villas, and cottages.

Litochoro is a town and municipality located in the southern part of the prefecture of Pieria at the base of Mount Olympus. The town is about 90 km from Thessaloniki. The town is a popular destination for those wishing to climb Mount Olympus as almost all climbing routes begin to the southwest of the town.

Litochoro is located 22 km S of Katerini, 90 km SSW of Thessaloniki, 58 km N of Larissa and 420 km WNW of Athens, on the eastern slopes of Mount Olympus, of mythological fame as the home of the twelve gods of Olympus. Pine, cedar and fir trees of the forests of Mount Olympus lie to the southwest and northwest. Much of the land around Litochoro, in particular to the South, remains uncultivated. Farmland is predominant to the North. Litochoro has several restaurants and cafeterias.

Since the 1960s Litochoro has been served by an interchange with GR-1/E75 to its east. In the mid-1990s, the Greek “National Road” from Athens to Thessaloniki was improved in part to “Motorway” standard. Litochoro is on the Northern stretch of this 6 lane dual carriageway, 90 km from Thessaloniki. There is a regular bus service to Katerini and a local train service (3 trains daily in each direction) to Thessaloniki and Larissa where there is an interchange with the main line to Athens. Taxis are to be found in abundance.

Northeast of Litochoro (North from Pláka) the coastal area continues, known by the name Gritsa or Gritsa Litochorou (Γρίτσα Λιτοχώρου) extending from Pláka in the south to Variko in the north. Sandy beaches can also be found here (as in Pláka) but the tourist facilities are much less than Pláka’s. Yet here are some cottages and a luxury hotel (Dion resort). Gritsa is also the port of Litochoro though its capacity is restricted.


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