Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest mountain in the Balkans. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. The highest peak Mytikas, meaning “nose”, rises to 2,919 metres (9,570 ft). It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence.
In short distance of Paralia, people can visit the ancient Theatre and museum of Dion, Vergina, where the tomb of Philip II is, father of Alexander the Great.
In Pieria there are 89 churches and monasteries which were built during the 11th century.
What’s absolutely great about the Greek landscape is the combination of mountain and sea, often tempered with astounding vegetation and flora. Pieria is one such amazing place which not only boasts the country’s highest mountain in Greece (Mount Olympus – or simply Olympos), as well as the country’s longest beach!
Adding to the richness of the Pieria region is the Olympus National Park and various wetlands (Agathoupoli, Nea Poroi, Kitros).