Platamon

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Platamon
Πλαταμώνας
Platamon
Platamon
Platamon is located in Greece
Platamon
Platamon
Coordinates: 39°59.4′N 22°37.5′E / 39.9900°N 22.6250°E / 39.9900; 22.6250Coordinates: 39°59.4′N 22°37.5′E / 39.9900°N 22.6250°E / 39.9900; 22.6250
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Macedonia
Regional unit Pieria
Municipality Dio-Olympos
Municipal unit East Olympos
Community
 • Population 2013
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 23520
Vehicle registration KN

Platamon (Greek: Πλαταμώνας - Platamonas) is a town and sea-side resort in south Pieria, Central Macedonia, Greece. Platamon has a population of about 2,000 permanent inhabitants. It is part of the Municipal unit of East Olympos of the Dio-Olympos municipality.

History[edit]

The ancient settlement Herakleion was situated near the present town Platamon.[2] Its most famous landmark is the 12th century Byzantine Castle of Platamon, built strategically along the main road from Thessaly to Macedonia through the Vale of Tempe.

Geography[edit]

Platamon is situated on the Aegean Sea coast, 25 km southeast of Mount Olympus. Adjacent beach towns are Neoi Poroi to the southeast and Neos Panteleimonas to the northwest. It is 33 km south of Katerini and 43 km northeast of Larissa. The town is well known for its vast natural springs and its therapeutic spas.

Tourism[edit]

View from the Castle of Platamon.

Platamon is regarded as one of the most significant tourist destinations in Northern Greece. The town is home to numerous restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and camping resorts. Platamon is connected to the cities of Katerini and Larissa through the bus and fast railway transportation system.

Platamon is on the European route E 75 which is part of the International E-road network, which is a series of main roads in Europe.

The E 75 starts at the town of Vardø on the Barents Sea and it runs south through Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Skopje and Greece. The tourism sector based on this Huge infrasturctor which provides safety to the drive tourists and minimize the travel time.

Platamon as a resort and fishing village have a great Marina - Port in the center of the Village. Αfter the completion of the infrastructural upgrades in spring of 2014, “Platamon Savvi Marine provide more than 90 slips for vessels up to 65 ft as well as cruisers and Megayachts.

Being located in the heart of the popular resort, customers will have at their disposal all needed facilities such as public transport, hotels, rental agencies, medical offices and pharmacies, dry cleaners, super markets and many others.

Marina provides customers the opportunity to take part in activities such as daily tours, water sports, fishing and diving, while being the starting place for trips in the great mountainous nature.Platamon, a graphic village easily accessible via highway and train station is one of the most popular summer destinations with plenty hotels, beach bars, taverns, restaurants, and cafes.

Located in the foothills of mountain Olympus, and framed by the beautiful castle of Platamon it is the ideal starting point for shorter exursions to Chalkidiki, Sporades islands (Skiathos, Skopelos, Allonisos etc. ) and the north aegean sea but also provides a dreamy anchorage for those who wish to enjoy the coast of Pieria and the nearby mountain destinations.

During summertime the population reaches approximately 120,000 because of the number of visitors and tourists. A great number of tourists come from eastern countries as well as from local Greek towns such as Larissa and Katerini.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

Club logo

Akadimia Platamona (Platamon Academy) is a Greek football club, based in Platamon, Pieria. In 2012, the club were promoted to Football League 2 after finishing the champions of Group 3 of Delta Ethniki, the fourth tier of the Greek football league system.[3] Eventually the small club decided that promotion to this level was a step too far and they cooperated with Aiginiakos who took over their place at the third level. Akadimia Platamona still exist having been demoted to the Local Championship of Pieria for the 2012/13 season. The club play their home matches at the Neoi Poroi Stadium in nearby Neoi Poroi.

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