Katerini (Κατερίνη) is a town in
Northern Greece, the capital of Pieria prefecture.
It lies on the Pierian plane, between Mt. Pierus and
Thermaikos Gulf, on an altitude of 14-45 m. The town
has a population of 56,576 (according to the 2001
census). It is near the city of Thessaloniki, the
second largest city of Greece, which has been
beneficial for Katerini's development over the last
A popular tourist destination, Katerini is very
close to the sea (6 km.), to several archaeological
sites of great interest like the ancient city of
Dion (5th century BC, 17 km. away) and the Venetian
castle of Platamon. The beaches of Korinos, Paralia
and Olympiaki Akti (or Katerinoskala) are very
popular during summer.
The town's name stems from Catherine of Alexandria
(Agia Aikaterini), a Greek Orthodox Martyr, who
lived in 4th century A. D. It was liberated from the
Ottomans on October 16, 1912. During the Nazi régime
it was captured by the German army on April 14, 1941
and was liberated three years later.