The Olympic Riviera is not the name of a resort as you can often read. It is a continuous coastline of 70 km at the foot of Mount Olympus - world known as the mountain of the gods from the Greek mythology. The prefecture (region) where it is located is called Pieria (Pieria is not the same as Piraeus, though they are often confused phonetically but yet far away from each other). The distance by car from Thessaloniki to the resorts in the northern part is less than an hour.
The Olympic Riviera has several better-known resorts - Paralia, Olympiaki Akti, Leptokarya and Platamonas, but there are also other places, more peaceful and not so popular in order to ensure complete relaxation during your holiday. All kind of accommodation is available - small and big hotels, studios, camping sites.
Rocky beaches are rarely found here, unlike the beaches on the islands. The beaches are sandy, some of them lonely and secluded. Due to the close location of the mountain, the temperature in the summer is not felt too hot but the water is very warm and pleasant for swimming.