Palaios Panteleimonas is one of the most traditional villages in Greece. Close to Katerini and 110km away from Thessaloniki, the place is a nice getaway and an ideal destination for every season. The settlement was built at the roots of Mountain Olympus in Macedonia, Greece at an altitude of 500 meters. It was abandoned in the 1950’s by its inhabitants who moved lower to the New Panteleimonas, but in the 1980’s they started renovating the houses and restored it to the beautiful village it is now.
The imposing church of Saint Panteleimon can be found on many photos of those who come and visit the village and is in fact, the church which gave it’s name to the place. Walk around the church and get lost on the paved streets. Palaios Panteleimonas is a perfect place for enjoying your coffee, having a tasty traditional Greek sweet and/or tasting some of the local dishes.
Cars are not allowed inside the settlement, so you will have to leave your car at the parking area, just outside the village. As you enter, you can find bench where you can sit for a moment and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city of Katerini and the surrounding area. If you choose to stay during the night, you will have the chance to enjoy the majestic feeling of the place.
However, if you want to catch the greatest view of the village of Palaios Panteleimonas, which includes the gulf of Thermaikos and the Venetian castle of Platamona, then walking up to the little church of Prophet Elijah is the perfect place for you. You can either drive there, or you can hike up the trail starting from the village and leadin to the church.
From here, you can also visit the wonderful Kati lake (1,5-2 hours hiking), the village of Kallipefki , and the castle of Platamona.