Platamonas Castle, Platamon

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The Platamon Castle (Greek: το κάστρο του Πλαταμώνα), an important part of the history of Pieria, is a Crusader castle (built between 1204 and 1222) in northern Greece (Macedonia) and is located southeast of Mount Olympus, in a strategic position which controls the exit of the Tempe valley, through which passes the main road connecting Macedonia with Thessaly and southern Greece. The tower (donjon), which overlooks the highway, is an imposing medieval fortress.

Important discoveries are the board of Hellenistic wall, that confirm the suggestion that on this position was the ancient Greek city Herakleion and the gate in the wall of the donjon. The core of the city Herakleion remains to be found, but it is posited that it is located on the northwest side of the castle's hill due to shells and coins found during recent excavations.

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  • If you are a little bit tired with your beach staying in some vicinity, like Neoi Poroi, this castle could be considered as a part of your cultural programme :). Yes, definitely and obviously the...  more »
  • Located on a small heal overlooking the sea and the Olympic coast. It is worth a visit. Be prepared for a short walk up the hill and amazing views.  more »
  • Well preserved fortress that dominates the area, Platamonas Castle is an excellent diversion from beaches, taverns and frappes. The walls can be scaled at a couple of points to open amazing vistas of the wider Pieria and the sea. On a good day, you can clearly see the misty slopes of Kassandra and understand the strategic importance of the fortress. Definitely be worth a visit.
  • An extraordinary medieval fortress, currently occupied by various trees. Peaceful, interesting, and the view is magnificent. It is well worth the price of admission (2 eur) and the climb up the hill. Unfortunately, the tower was not open for visitors. Its history spans from 10th century when the fortress was built by the crusaders, through Byzantine period, with old orthodox churches where pieces of frescoes still can be seen, to Ottoman occupation. A must-see if you are near by.
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