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.
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
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
For organized tours of Mainland Greece that include Thessaloniki and Macedonia including Mount Olympus see Matt's Greece Mainland Tours
Private Trekking at Enipeas Canyon in Mount Olympus
Get a Private Trekking at Enipeas Canyon in Mount Olympus and discover the home of the 12 Olympian Gods!
Enipeas Canyon on the base of Mount Olympus is one of the most beautiful settings in Greece. Its length is 10km long and its starting position is Prionia (1100m altitude), known for its fresh water springs. It runs by the north side of Litochoro (a town on the entrance to Mount Olympus), and ends up in the
Mediterranean Sea. It is a very impressive trek through European Path E4.
The European Path E4 runs along Enipeas River, through a dense forest. Due to its low altitude, it can be trekked most of the year. Along the way you can visit St. Dionysios Monastery, and St. Dionysios Cave. Towards the end of the path and to the left, we have the hiking trails of Zilinia (100-140m altitude) which are very popular among Greek hikers. Enipeas Canyon ends up in Skala Litochorou at the foot of Mount Olympus.
The valley offers second to none scenes of natural beauty. Enipeas River runs through the gorge forming small lakes along the way, and suddenly disappears in sinkholes. The waters, the variety of foliage and the boulders along the path compose a most impressive sight. The route Litochoro-Prionia lasts about 5 hours and Prionia-Litochoro about 3 hours.
Our path begins in Litochoro, a village on the roots of Mount Olympus. We hike among imposing rocky mounts and Zilinia hiking trails will be to our right, standing 300m tall. We continue our hike through Portes, a rocky mountain complex. We follow through position Sara, very close to Enipeas River, and continue towards Kastana fresh water spring. During the summer months, some visitors actually swim in the crystal river waters. From there we can follow the same
path back to Litochoro, or climb to position Golna, from where we can admire Mount Olympus and the canyon at its entirety.
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Hotels on and Around Mount Olympus
Matt's Pick: Ktima Bellou
Built 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
Situated 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
Situated 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
Situated 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
Olympic 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.
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
For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here
|Hotel Platon Palace
Located at the Olympic Beach, Hotel Platon Palace overlooks the beautiful Mount
Olympus, and is nearby the towns of Katerini and Paralia.
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
At 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
For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here
The 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
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
Family-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
Situated, 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.
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
Pleasantly 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