Sights of Pieria
«Rest with Olympus view»
The hotel is situated in Pieria (Platamonas village) in the historical centre of Northern Greece: legendary Medieval castle Platamon and worldwide famous mountain Olympus – fantastic view from the rooms of Cronwell Platamon Resort.
Historical sights of Pieria region are noticeable places to visit in Greece. According to Ancient Greek myths, the Olympic Gods (led by Zeus), known to us since the childhood, decided destinies of the world here. Olympus is the highest and majestic massif on the peninsula of Peloponnese.
Nowadays each guest has the unique opportunity to see the sacred place of ancient Gods. You don’t need climbing equipment or special trainings to conquer mountain top and enjoy unforgettable scenes. Even children can climb Olympus – the paths have signs, which allow you to move easily here. Don’t be afraid to be lost, dear guests.
One part of the route passes the forest: massive trees, waterfalls, rivers, splendid valley scenes. The shelter ‘Refuge’ is located 2000 m above the mountain foot. You can have a rest or spend a night here. You need about 3 hours to get the top of Olympus. Don’t forget comfortable shoes and warm clothes – it is cold here even in summer.
We advise active guests to see a dawn on the mountain top – the morning will be remarkable!
The major sight of Platamonas is Byzantine fortress Platamon or Platamonas. The route from coastline of village to fortress is about 1,5 h by foot or 25 minutes by car.
Castle-fortress plays the role of border between Macedonia and Thessaly. Largely the fortress was constructed in 1204 by Thracian tsar Bonifatsy.
Platamon was captured by Turks in 14th century. Later it passed to Venetians, who were keeping Thessaloniki under control that time.
During World War II in 1941 fortress exposed bombing by the German armed forces.
Excavations in 1995 defined traces of the Hellenistic wall (4th century), which confirm the version about the existence of ancient city Iraklion here.
Currently you can see the ruins of several churches of 10th-11th centuries and houses of 10th century. We advise you to visit one lovely church, opened daily for the tourists. It’s exciting to walk around the perimeter of the fortress, admiring magnificent scenes.
Annually (July-August) the International Olympus festival takes place here: performances of Ancient Greek authors, folk and musical groups.
Legend of Platamon fortress
On April 13th in 1204, during the IV-th Crusade the knights stormed and plundered Constantinople. As a result, Western Europe, mainly France directed by financiers of Venice, actually seized the Byzantine empire. All territory of present Greece had got under the power of newcomers, who called their new state the Latin Empire.
Having seized Constantinople on the north, the Crusaders moved towards the south to subdue the rest part of the country and establish their customs. Their way run the ancient road – modern freeway Thessaloniki-Athens. Once, in 4th century B.C., Macedonian tsar Philipp II with his son Alexander set their troops this road to conquer intractable Greek poleis and unite them by creating an invincible commonwealth. 1500 years later the history recurred.
The fortress Platamon had declined. The knights, having estimated its strategic value, started fortification works immediately. The best Venetian masters in Europe built up mighty citadel, which also can be seen nowadays. Fortunately, knightly stronghold could be destroyed neither by centuries nor by invasions. Currently Platamonas keeps under control one of the most magnetic territory of Greece.
The armed forces of Crusaders moved to the south. Afterwards the knights kept on waging war in Palestine. That war had been conducting for a long time. During siege the wounded soldiers were left under supervision of the Byzantine doctors in Platamonas. The unusual phenomena began to occur in Platamonas. Wounded started recovering quickly, much quicker, than it happened earlier. Whether ability of the advanced Greek doctors, whether curative sources, whether various dishes, whether local favorable climate promoted fast-moving general health improvement of soldiers. The message about magic properties of these places was quickly spread among all European knights. Since then the knights who had got wounds in Palestine, went Greece for improvement. The most notable crusaders, winners of battles, were awarded with plot of arable land, and the European nobility, having bought up the best plots and having constructed wonderful villas, visited Platamonas fashionable resort.
800 years passed away. The tourist advantages of Northern Greece, opened by knights, still attract tourists from all over the world. Platamonas generously gives everyone sun, sea, health and impressions. Welcome to hospitable Greece!
The fortress Platamon is located nearby, in 5 kilometers from the hotel.
Working hours: 08.00 - 15.00 (Mon-Sun).
On the Hotel territory, rare plants grow, among which there are specimens included in the Red Book of Russia. The flora of hotel is represented by rare and even by the endangered species, many of them are endemic, what means that they exist only on this territory. Indian lilac, magnolias, kiwi, tulip tree, pomegranate, walnut, pear, olive forms a “live” encyclopedia for adults and children on the hotel territory.
The Olympus, located near hotel complex, is not only a historical monument, but also a natural one, which is characterized by a global biodiversity. About 1700 species of plants can be met in this area.