SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
MOUNT OLYMPUS (MAINLAND)
Mount Olympus, the highest peak in Greece and once home to ancient gods, is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2014 and the most famous hiking paradise of Greece, attracting visitors from all over the world. Don’t miss an unforgettable nature experience!
Olympus is inter alia translated as "heaven", "the shining one", "the high one" or "the rock". The legendary mountain of Greece, from which one looks majestically down to the Aegean Sea, was said to be the seat of the gods and the throne of Zeus and, as it were, formed the concept of heaven in Greek mythology.
In 1938, the mountain region around Mount Olympus was declared as the first region of Greece National Park. It is a unique landscape and natural spectacle that fascinates every nature lover.
The Olympus is the highest mountain range in Greece. It was declared a Biopshere Reserve by UNESCO in 1981 and, since 2014, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a mixed cultural and natural heritage site. The Olympus is one of the most popular mountains in Greece, attracting visitors from all over the world. For hikers, there are several well-maintained paths and some mountain huts. The mountaineering trails of Olympus begin in Litochoro, Dion, Karya (intra-Greek long-distance footpath O2) and Petra.
The best time for hiking here is between June and the end of September. During this time, the huts near the peaks are open and the weather allows climbing without snow equipment. The ascent to the high peaks can only be mastered by experienced hikers.
The following ways describe the classical climbs to the summit:
Prionia - Spilios Agapitos Hut - Summit
One goes from 1100 m of altitude through a forest of pine and beech to the hut Spilios Agapitos at 2100 m. From the hut to Skala, Skolio, St. Anton and the most difficult Mytikas peaks, one first moves through forest and later through an alpine area. Sure-footedness (sticks!) is a must on the way down over the gorges and steep slopes. Kofto is found on the way from the hut to Oropedio; it is a shorter but more difficult route.
Goritsia - Plateau of the Muses - Summit
One goes from 1100 m of altitude to the "Muses Plateau", home to Posos Apostolidis (at 2760 m of altitude) and Christos Kakkalos (at 2650 m of altitude). The path leads through pine and beech forest to Petrostruga Square at 2000 m above sea level, then continues through forest and alpine terrain.
From the Skurta peak at an altitude of 2450 m to the huts, you will find the narrow passage of Lämos and the ruined Kangelia path, as well as the path to Oropedio. This is a long route without water resources with a large section in alpine zone. From the hut of the "Muses Plateau" to the summit trails to Skolio and St. Anton, but also over the difficult gorges to Stefani and Mytikas, the path from Stefani to Zonaria leads through many steep slopes.
Mytikas and Stefani
From the "Muses Plateau", the last part of the route leads for about an hour through a steep section that requires climbing. From Skala to Mytikas, one climbs easily and without safety equipment. This area is however made of crumbling and very slippery rocks. The same applies for the path from Luki to Mytikas. This route is preferred by groups: Luki to Stefani: as from Luki to Mytikas, with the difference that the climb ends just before the summit Stefani. Safety equipment is needed in the final meters.
The divine Mount Olympus is waiting for your visit! Do not miss this unforgettable nature experience!
Olympic National Park Information Center
In June 2016, the National Park Administration opened the Olympic National Park Information Center . It is located about one kilometer above Litochoro. Visitors are informed about hiking and mountaineering, archaeological sites, mythology, monasteries, plant animals and more. Information material, maps of the national park and admission are free.