Katerini is the capital of Pieria peripheral unit. It lies on the Pierian plain, between Mt. Olympus and the Thermaikos Gulf, at an altitude of 14 m. The town, which is one of the newest in Greece, has a population of 83,764 (2001). Katerini is accessible from the main Thessaloniki–Athens highway GR-1/E75 and the Egnatia Odos to the north. It is served by both Intercity and local trains on the main railway line from Athens to Thessaloniki and there is a comprehensive regional and national bus service with its hub in the town.
A popular tourist destination, Katerini is close to the sea (6 km) and to several archaeological sites of great interest such as the ancient city of Dion (5th century BC, 17 km away) and the Venetian Castle of Platamon. The beaches of Korinos, Paralia and Olympiaki Akti (or Katerinoskala) are visited by both Greek and international tourists during the summer. The roots of Mount Olympus and the town of Litochoro, are at a distance of around 20 kilometres away from the centre of Katerini.
Katerini is residing at the base of Mount Olympus and facing the Aegean Sea. Its history goes back to the very beginning of Greek history, as the city of Dion was one of the first Macedonian cities. Katerini is a small city and is the capital of the Pieria Prefecture. A large number of picturesque villages surround Katerini and are worth a visit. Most of the people living in the villages work in agriculture. There is a distinct Greek warmth in these villages that you will not find in any other big city in Greece. The welcoming spirit, the openness and the hospitality that is now changing from the Greek culture still remains in these small villages.
Litohoro and Leptokaria are must-sees during the summer as they are villages right near the sea. Litohoro, in particular, is a beautiful village that is often referred to as the gateway to Mount Olympus, home of the Olympian gods and goddesses. Both villages offer a variety of tastes that vary from mountain climbing to early morning clubbing!
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