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Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus Mount Olympus is Greece's highest mountain and the home to the Gods of Greek mythology. Mytikas, Olympus' highest peak at 2917 meters was reached in 1913 by Christos Kakalos of nearby Litohoro and Swiss climbers Frederic Boissonas and Daniel Baud-Bovy. The mountain is rich in tree and plant life, supporting over 1700 species, some very rare. The main village of Litohoro is connected by bus from Athens and Thessaloniki and by train though the station is 9 kilometers from the village. There are numerous places to stay including inexpensive hotels and campsites along the coast with good facilities. A recommended hotel is the Olympos Mediterranean on the main square. There are plenty of restaurants and fast food places to eat due to the promotion of the village as a resort area. The downside is you will probably need to book a hotel in advance in July and August. Climbing Olympus takes two days but you can easily spend longer if you like. There are a large number of decent trails and you won't need special equipment or experience. You can get a map from the EOS office in Litohoro where English is spoken or the SEO office where it may not be. It may not matter because the map is in Greek but with a little bit of effort you can decipher the alphabet. Anyway you will need it, no matter what language it is in. Remember that people have died climbing this mountain so don't take it too lightly. You will need warm clothes, even in the summer. Suncreen is also a necessity and decent shoes. You will be able to stay in refuges overnight.

Visit the Archeological park and museum at ancient Dion at the foot of Mount Olympus. Sacred to the ancient Macedonians, Alexander the great used to make sacrifices to the Gods here  before going off to conquer the world. During the August Olympus Festival plays are performed at the restored ancient theatre.

For more information on climbing Mount Olympus I recommend you buy Lonely Planet's Trekking in Greece or The Rough Guide. There is also plenty of information in Lonely Planet's Greece Guide.

For those interested in climbing Mount Olympus I recommend Trekking.gr's Climbing Mount Olympus

For organized tours of Mainland Greece that include Thessaloniki and Macedonia including Mount Olympus see www.greecetravel.com/tours/mainland

Hotels on and Around Mount Olympus

Matt's Pick: Ktima Bellou 3 stars

ktima bellou hotel on Mount OlympusBuilt by local craftsmen, this award-winning, rural hotel offers an organic restaurant, piano-bar and ecologic apartments with Mount Olympus view. All rooms feature a fireplace. An outdoor pool is available. Guest rooms are fitted with handmade furniture and carpets, and natural Cocomat mattresses. Some have their own patio with BBQ and garden. Homemade pies, jams from strawberries picked in the farm, and fresh daily eggs are served for breakfast. The hotelís restaurant serves home-cooked meals prepared with locally produced ingredients.A children's play area is featured at the Ktima Bellou. The inviting interiors offer an art exhibition room, a library and a seating room with table games. There is also a small conference room available. Guests can enjoy a relaxing day exploring the countryside in the farm, the nearby mountain paths, or head to the Elatochori Ski Resort, 40 km from Ktima Bellou. Katerini is approximately 36 km away and Agios Dimitrios Village is at 3 km. Free mountain bicycles are offered to guests. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Dion Palace Hotel 5 stars

Photo Dion PalaceSituated close to the beach in Litochoro, Dion Palace offers beautiful views of the sea and Mount Olympus, as well as state-of-the-art spa facilities and an imaginative pool setting.
Enjoy modern comforts including satellite TV and free wireless internet access in the privacy of your room. Start the day with a tasty complimentary breakfast. Admire stunning views of the sea, Mount Olympus or the gardens from your window.
Burn off some energy in the fully equipped fitness centre. Take a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools or simply relax and soak up the sun. Children can enjoy plenty of their own entertainment at Dion Palaceís mini club.
The spa at Dion Palace offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Enjoy a soothing massage of your choice. Pamper yourself with one of the health and wellbeing treatments, using the healing water source straight from Mount Olympus.
In the evenings, savour ŗ la carte cuisine at one of Dionís high-quality restaurants. Relax at the bar with a drink of your choice before heading to the resortís club for late night dancing.
If you can bring yourself to leave Dion Palace, the beach is just a short walk away. The centre of Litochoro is just 8 km away and Dion Palace offers drivers free private parking. Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Olympus Mediterranean 4 stars

Photo Olympus MediterraneanSituated in a peaceful area, just a short walk from Litochoroís main square, this stunning hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms and public areas, along with excellent spa facilities.
Mediterranean Olympus Hotel offers a grand setting for your time in Litochoro, combining old world glamour with a modern touch. Every room has been thoughtfully decorated with attention to detail and your comfort in mind.
Take in the elegant touches and a relaxing ambience in your surroundings and admire a beautiful view of Litochoro from your spacious balcony. In the colder months, warm yourself next to the cosy fireplace in your room.
Enjoy a great start to each day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the sophisticated surroundings of Mediterranean Olympus Hotelís restaurant. Benefit from free wireless internet access and free private parking throughout your stay.
This beautiful hotel is just steps away from Litochoroís many restaurants and shops. It is also close to the various walking trails for Mount Olympus.
After a day of sightseeing or hiking, relax in the sanctuary of Olympus Mediterraneanís beautiful spa area and enjoy a swim in the indoor pool or a relaxing sauna. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Olympian Bay Hotel 4 stars

Photo Olympian BaySituated on the beautiful organised beach in Leptokaria, Olympia Bay offers modern bungalows and rooms with a host of leisure activities, including water sports and animation programmes.
Olympian Bay enjoys a picturesque location at the foot of Mount Olympus and faces the sea. Spacious rooms are decorated in muted tones and appointed with modern amenities and a spacious private balcony. Start the day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Enjoy beautiful views to the sea or the gardens whilst sipping your morning coffee.
Relax around one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or join in with the aerobics classes. Enjoy entertainment from Olympian Bayís animation team. Play volleyball on the beach or simply relax on a sun bed. You can also benefit from one of Olympianís professional massages before relaxing in the Jacuzzi. In the evening, enjoy Greek cuisine on Olympianís Greek taverna or visit the delicious Italian or Asian restaurant. Afterwards, relax with a drink on the terrace and watch the sun set. The pretty town of Leptokaria is just 15 minutesí walk away from Olympian Bay Hotel. Should you wish to explore this fascinating area by car, Olympian Bay can arrange car rental and offers free private parking. Wired internet is available in the entire hotel and charges are applicable. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Olympic Star Hotel  4 stars

Photo Olympic StarOlympic star is a luxurious hotel, located just in front of the sea of Neoi Poroi and on the foots of mountain Olympus.
All rooms are equiped with all modern amenities that guarantee a pleasant, comfortable stay.
Guests can relax with a drink at the beach bar and enjoy the sea and the sun.
The location is ideal to explore the beauties of the surrounding areas, such as Dion, Litochoro and Olympus. The location combines in a unique way mountain and sea. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and charges are applicable.
For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Hotel Platon Palace 3 stars

Photo Hotel Platon PalaceLocated at the Olympic Beach, Hotel Platon Palace overlooks the beautiful Mount Olympus, and is nearby the towns of Katerini and Paralia.
Hotel Platon Palace is surrounded by nature and is close to several popular tourist attractions, such as the ancient city of Dion and the Valley of Tempi. Guests of Hotel Platon Palace only have to take a short stroll to sunbath at the beautiful, clean beach.
Hotel Platon Palace provides and an outdoor pool . Guests can also do interesting activities such as horse riding or a trip to Mount Olympus. The sauna and Jacuzzi are perfect for a relaxing moment.
The hotel has a restaurant serving buffet breakfasts and fine traditional Greek and international dishes. For something lighter, visit the hotels cafť or pool bar. Wired internet is available in public areas and charges are applicable. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Dion Hotel 3 stars

Photo Dion HotelAt the very center of the the cosmopolitan tourist village Paralia of Katerini is the Hotel Dion, where you can enjoy your holidays in a quiet and family-friendly environment. The hotel is built upon the seashore and offers a magnificent view for its guests. Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge. The hotel has many rooms, each with separate bathroom, balcony, telephone, air-conditioning and central heating. At the bar and the cafeteria you can enjoy a large range of hard or refreshment drinks and of course also enjoy the marvelous italian ice-cream which is their specialty. Using our hotel as a base you can compine cosmopolitan life, having a rest, and sightseeing at the nearby Olympus Mountain, the archeological sites of Dion and Vergina, or also Meteora, Athens, Delphi and Thessaloniki.
For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Mistral Hotel 3 stars

Photo Mistral HotelThe Mistral hotel is situated in Paralia area, 90km. away from the airport of Thessaloniki and only 7km. to Katerini. It is located right by the sea side.Its 18 rooms are fully equipped in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
You can also enjoy your coffee, drink or cocktails at the coffee bar, have a rich breakfast in the restaurant. All the above as well as the perfect service guarantee you a relaxing and pleasant stay. Wireless internet is available in public areas and charges are applicable. Wired internet is available in the hotel rooms and charges are applicable. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Dimatis 2 stars

Dimatis HotelFamily-own-and-run since 1928, Dimatis is nestled at the heart of the mountainous village of Agios Dimitrios. It has a wine cellar, and is a well-known culinary stop. Latohori Ski Centre is 35 km away. Dimatis rooms are decorated in the traditional style of the region. They all have balconies with views to the mountain or the village, and are equipped with central heating, bathrooms and LCD TVs. Most units include a fireplace. The hotelís restaurant serves a rich breakfast with local products and homemade bread baked in a traditional wood oven. Local delicacies, such as wild boar raised at the familyís farm, are served for dinner. In the summer you can enjoy meals on the beautiful veranda. A small seating area where you can relax next to the fireplace in the winter is at your disposal. Wi-Fi is available in public areas and is free of charge. Dimatis serves as a great base for both restful and active vacations. Activities in the area include hiking in the woods of Agios Dimitrios, climbing on Mount Olympus, cycling and walking. The 24-hour front desk will be happy to offer area information. Parking on site is free.  For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Melbourne Hotel 2 stars

Photo MelbourneSituated, in Paralia Katerinis, in the famous Olympic Riviera, the magical place guarded by Mount Olympus and Pieria Mountains, you can find Hotel Melbourne. A place with an important role in the Greek Mythology.
Melbourne Hotel is enjoying a privilege location since its situated in the centre of the Resort just 7 kilometres away from Katerini.
All rooms are fully equipped as to satisfy the needs of the most demanding guests.
An ideal place for a relaxing holiday while bathing in the Blue Aegean Sea and gazing at the mountains. Something difficult to be found elsewhere. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

Hotel The Silk

Photo Hotel The SilkPleasantly situated just 100 metres from the beautiful beach of Paralia Katerinis, this hotel is located in the centre of Paralia, only 7 km from the town of Katerini.
The Grigoriadis family would like to welcome you to rooms and spaces of contemporary style and design. Each room is thoughtfully decorated for your comfort and relaxation.
Enjoy The Silk's beautiful patio area and relax back on the comfortable seating provided. Admire the water features as you enjoy a drink or read a book. For further relaxation, spend time in The Silk's Jacuzzi and sauna. Hotel The Silk can also be your base for daily excursions to the magnificent Olympian Riviera, The Dion archaeological park, The Pierian mountain chain and the mythical Mount Olympus. Paralia itself is a place where fun never stops. Nightclubs, discos, restaurants, sandy beaches and a contemporary market create an ideal region for a great holiday. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here

For more hotels on and around Mount Olympus see Booking.com's Litochoro Pages and for those who want to stay by the sea their Leptokarya Page

  

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