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Olympus Riviera holidays

The Olympus Riviera is a 70km stretch of coastline between the base of Mount Olympus and the sparkling Aegean Sea, in an area of mainland Greece. Its beautiful beaches and charming villages attract families and couples looking for a relaxed holiday and a taste of traditional Greek life. The main resort of Paralia has an endless stretch of golden beach, plus plenty of shops and restaurants. It also has the dramatic and stunning scenery of Mount Olympus as its backdrop, which helps provide a laid-back atmosphere for your holiday to the Olympus Riviera.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, you can spend time hiking through lush forests up to magnificent waterfalls, watching a wide range of birds and experiencing exciting water sports. Litochoro is a picturesque town, where you’ll be greeted with a warm Greek welcome and can enjoy authentic cuisine in one of the delightful tavernas. As it’s just a short flight from the UK, this area of Greece is perfect if you want to spend less time travelling and more time on the beach.

 

25 °C

With average temperatures upwards of 25 (˚C) in the summer months, the Olympus Riviera is perfect for beach holidays.

3.5 hours

Fly to Thessaloniki Airport in just 3.5 hours from Birmingham or Manchester.

Holidays in Olympus Riviera

smartline Mediterranean

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the resort centre
  • 80m from the beach
  • Spa facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 105 reviews

What is included ?

Minimum 15kg Airline Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Shuttle Return Transfers
Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Villa Drosos

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Family-run hotel
  • Secluded located
  • Simple and traditional in style

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 80 reviews

What is included ?

Minimum 15kg Airline Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Shuttle Return Transfers
Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

San Panteleimon

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 80m from the sandy beach
  • Great central location
  • Newly renovated rooms

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 138 reviews

What is included ?

Minimum 15kg Airline Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Shuttle Return Transfers
Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Rastoni

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location
  • Close to shops and restaurants
  • Small and friendly

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 56 reviews

What is included ?

Minimum 15kg Airline Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Shuttle Return Transfers
Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Hotel Evilion

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • 100m to the beach
  • Close to bars, shops and restaurants
  • Family-run hotel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 126 reviews

What is included ?

Minimum 15kg Airline Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Shuttle Return Transfers
Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Standing at the foot of Mount Olympus, the ancient city of Dion is a must if you love Greek history. Alexander The Great used to perform sacrifices to the Gods in Dion before conquering the world. The Macedonians nicknamed the city the ‘City of Zeus’ and you can walk around the visible remnants before finding out about the excavations that have taken place here and seeing age-old artefacts in the museum. In August, you can watch plays being performed in the restored theatre. To the south of Mount Olympus, the Platamon Castle overlooks the small town of Platamonas. Dating back to the Byzantine period, it’s worth visiting this magnificent castle just for the amazing sea views. Further afield, the incredible cliff-top Holy Meteora Monasteries provide insight into the lives of 14th century monks. The Great Meteoron, or the Holy Monastery of the Metamorfossis, is the oldest and largest of them all and has a fascinating priest’s room, which serves as the main museum for visitors. The monasteries are an impressive sight to see and well worth your time to visit.

A lot of people flock to the Olympus Riviera for bird watching, especially during the month of April, when you can witness the spectacular bird migration. The landscapes around Mount Olympus provide perfect eco systems for a wide variety of bird species. In the plunging valleys, you’re likely to spot lanner falcons flying back to nest and if you manage to make it to the summit, make sure you look up so you don’t miss snowfinch, horned lark and alpine chough. In the lowlands, Lake Karla is a hotspot for wading birds such as pelicans and herons. Aside from birdlife, if you’re lucky you might see Balkan green lizards and Hermann’s tortoise. Take your binoculars and camera to Leprokaria; sparrowhawk, kestrels, buzzards and peregrine falcons make their nests amongst the tall trees here. 

Some of Greece’s best scenery is found in the Olympus National Park, home to the mighty Mount Olympus. It’s a beautiful place for walking and hiking with many different trails to follow, from short and easy to two-day climbs to the mountain’s peak, at a breathtaking 3,000 metres high. Greece’s oldest park was once inhabited by 12 Greek Gods but now boasts a fantastic range of wildlife and plants, some of which are very rare. There’s a huge area of forest at the foot of the mountain to enjoy leisurely walks and if you find the Enipea Waterfalls with their crystal-clear water you’ll be rewarded with an impressive backdrop. Only 40 minutes by car from Paralia, set yourself a day to explore Mount Olympus. 

Olympus Riviera is best for

Beach lovers: The area boasts a great choice of wide, golden sand beaches lapped by clear, shallow waters; perfect for families.

Go-getters: Explore the beautiful scenery of Mount Olympus, experience a variety of water sports or take a day trip to nearby Thessaloniki; Greece’s second largest city.

Food fanatics: Savour delicious, traditional Greek cuisine in one of the seafront tavernas. Restaurants use locally grown vegetables and freshly caught fish. 


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken on the Olympus Riviera is Greek.

Currency: The currency used on the Olympus Riviera is the Euro (€).

Local time: Olympus Riviera is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time. 

Fly to: Thessaloniki Airport. The transfer time to resorts is around 1 hour 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Olympus Riviera is 3.5 hours.

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Olympus Riviera.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 23-30 (°C) 

The Olympus Riviera enjoys a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine hours from June to September. If you prefer quieter beaches, visit in late spring and early autumn when you’ll find plenty of space to sunbathe. Summer sees the highest temperatures with some days reaching 30°C, with little or no rainfall. If you book your holiday in the summer take shade in the hottest parts of the day.


Getting around

By taxi: It’s easy to get a taxi in the Olympus Riviera, as there are plenty of companies to choose from. In all the tourist resorts, you’ll have a good choice of taxis and can even get one for your transfer to or from Thessaloniki Airport. Negotiate the fare with your driver before travelling.

By bus: The local bus network, Pieria KTEL, services all villages and towns in the area. Buses are an affordable way to get around and run regularly. Litochoro is connected by bus from Athens and Thessaloniki and by train, although the train station is 9km from the village. 


Events

Olympus Festival: This annual festival of music and theatre takes place throughout July, August and September in the ancient theatre of Dion in Pieria and in Platamonas Castle. It’s been running for over 30 years and has seen many famous Greek singers and actors perform plays and concerts here. There are also talks from renowned archaeologists about the civilisation of Pieria.

Carnival or Clean Monday: Carnival season, or ‘Apokries’ in Greek, is a celebration of the last days of freedom before the Greek Orthodox 40-day Lent in the run up to Easter. In Platamonas and Pieria, join locals in the streets for colourful parades with music and dancing. Traditional rituals are performed and delicious foods are on offer.


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