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Basic Informations about Karya

Geographical location: 39 ° 59.1'N, 22 ° 23.5'O, member of the municipality of Elassona, about 500 inhabitants.

On the Thessalian side of Olympus, on the road from Leptokarya to Elassona, is the village of Karya. It is in about 900 m altitude and is built on a southern slope. The coast of the Aegean Sea is about 25 kilometers away. The main occupation of the population is agriculture and cattle-raising. The tourism is not very developed, but there are possibilities to rent rooms. Between Karya and the neighboring village Sikaminea extends a fertile high plane. Here the inhabitants cultivate grain and cattle feed. Here and there you can see fruit trees. Karya is known for its potatoes.

Right in the middle of the village runs the inner-Greek long-distance trail O 2. It is particularly interesting for the hikers who are looking for an alternative route to the ascent to the peaks. Above the village you can find in summer the popular Mountain Tee. Those who come from the Monastery Kanalon and conquer the summits from the west would like to take advantage of the possibility to make a break in a mountain village in the Olympus still almost untouched by tourism.

Going up the street in the village, the Plateia (the main square of the village), which has been surpassed by a mighty plane tree, invites you to linger. In 1890, the tree was planted and has already seen much of the town's history. Some tavernas line the square. You can eat at very moderate prices, or drink a coffee. In any case, you can enjoy a piece of the old Greek life. Children play, craftsmen eat something for lunch and drink a Tsipouro , Dogs rest in the shade, in short, the time seems to have stopped.