Adventurous trails in Mount Olympus

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Mount Olympus, with its rich flora (over 1700 species, over 20 of which are endemic) and diverse fauna (more than 30 species of mammals, 100 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles), was designated as the first National Forest in Greece in 1938.

Located 263 km from Athens and 78 km from Thessaloniki (Greece’s second-largest city), the area is perfect for those seeking alternative activities such as trekking, paragliding, canyoning, rafting, climbing, mountain biking, and jeep safaris. However, one can also enjoy the majestic experience of mountaineering on Mount Olympus, which offers routes suitable for all levels of difficulty and stamina.

Here are some of the most beautiful trails to explore:

 

Easy trails:

Litóhoro – Golna – Castana source – Litóhoro: Starting from Litóhoro, a charming town with traditional houses, you can hike to Golna, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of peaks and the Enipeas gorge. The total walk takes about 4 hours and covers an elevation of up to 960 m.

Prionia – Aghio Spilleo – Monastery of St. Dionysus: This route takes you through Enipeas gorge, passing the waterfalls and significant historical and religious sites like Aghio Spilleo and the Monastery of St. Dionysus. The hike takes approximately 2 hours and reaches an elevation of 1100m.

Trails of medium difficulty:

Litóhoro – Prionia: Following the well-marked E4 path, this hike allows you to cross Enipeas gorge multiple times, passing Aghio Spilleo and the Monastery of St. Dionysus. The 5-hour journey covers an elevation gain from 400 m to 1100 m.

Difficult to dangerous trails:

 

Plateau of the Muses – Peaks: Departing from the “Hristos Kokkalos” and “Yossos Apostolidis” refuges, this demanding route leads to the peaks of “Portes” and “Stefani.” From there, a thrilling ascent to the highest peak, Mytikas, awaits. Admire the awe-inspiring landfalls along the way, culminating in a remarkable experience at the abode of the Gods.

 

Courtesy of the Greek National Tourism Organisation www.visitgreece.gr

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