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Basic Information About Skotina

Geographical location: 40° 01'N, 22° .55'O. Member of the Diou-Olympou Association, Pieria, about 1000 inhabitants.

The village of Skotina is actually divided into three different villages. The original, barely inhabited Ano Skotina, the village of Skotina itself and Skotina Beach.

The name Skotina derives from the old art of the production of clothing, carpet and fabric from wool. In former times this was, besides agriculture, the principal branch of the inhabitants.

Ano Skotina ("Ano" Ancient Greek the Upper) is about 600m above sea level on the eastern slope of Mount Olympus. It is the original place of Skotina. However, due to the convenience, the inhabitants are moved to the lower (30m to about 200m altitude) Skotina. Originally called the place "Ta Kalivia Skotinas" which translates as "The cottages of Skotina". There were initially only equipment houses and smaller beds, which the inhabitants of the Ano Skotina needed to order their fields. Little by little the life of the place shifted to a more conveniently situated settlement. Skotina Beach was the last of the three settlements and left in the winter quite deserted.

The local economy is today on several pillars. There are also some fishermen, but Skotina is known for its tobacco farming and its chestnut trees. Both products, tobacco and chestnut, are mainly exported. There are also olive-trees with an oil-mill.

Skotina Beach offers on its beautiful beach everything the tourist coveted.

In October the traditional chestnut festival is celebrated. You can perhaps compare it with Thanksgiving. With music, Greek folk dance and, of course, roasted chestnuts in open fire, young and old celebrate together at their church. The field work is still not quite over, however, at the end of October the olive harvest begins.