The very long trip from Ioannina to Thessaloniki is only sparked by the passing
through the Vale of Tempe, a strategic pass that has been hewn deep into the
mountain by a river alongside the modern road. Extremely narrow at points, it
was the major entrance between Macedonia and the south.
gone through the pass, you'll enter Pieria, the southermost
part of Macedonia. Another amazing site was the
castle of Platamon on the edge of the sea (shortly after
passing through Tempe where another narrow passage is
created). It was built by the crusaders in 1204 and
with the cloudy weather, sea, and general area, it is easy to
forget you're in Greece and not in England or Ireland.
Olympus: home of the immortal gods and land of the Centaurs, is only
one of the many places in Thessaly where relics of ancient
Greece can be seen and, on the western edge of the plain of
Thessaly, just as the Pindus range begins to form, there are
24 perpendicular rocks on which Byzantine monks built their
monastic community, the Meteora, about 600 years ago. The
mountain can be seen, but only in the best weather. It
is usually clouded at the top.
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