I’m sure that everywhere at the mountain you can find fascinating views but the best ones I like are on the way to the peak. When you go from Litochoro to Thessaloniki, turn right on the first curve you’ll see, there is a sign “Mount Olympus” if I remember right. Then driving up, there are some places with a bench or just a wider place to stop...more
After asking few people about this gorge and finding a kind couple that escorted us to the beginning of “Olympus National Park” we finally stopped in front of a wooden booth. Btw, I noticed that on every tourist place that we visited we were asked where we are from and is it our first time coming to this place, good for the statistics, nobody else...more
OK, so I can't remember the name of the store, but I can tell you exactly how to get there! This place served some of the best bread I had in Europe and the little breakfast breads and pizzas were excellent as well. I just discovered this place walking around, and I went back every meal afterwards it was so good. To top it off the place is ridiculously cheap!
Favorite Dish: Pizza
The best and quickest way to get from Litohoro to the entrance trails for Olympus at Prionia, is to take a taxi. One way fares to the trails are set at 20 Euro. If you are attempting to make the climb and return to the town in the same day, which is possible, then this is the only way to do it. Many people make the hike from Litohoro to the trails,...more
Trains from Athens to Litohoro, taking about 6 hours. There are 4 trains per day, but with the travel time, you will not be able to make any ascent of Olympus on a travel day. The entire train trip is covered by the Eurail pass, if you have it, or the trip will cost 15 Euro. As with all Greek trains, comfort along the trip will be hard to find.If...more
Just 5-7 kms north of Litokhoro you can visit the ancient town of DION, a sacred place for centuries, dedicated to ZEUS the first among the Olympian Gods. On summertime you can watch plays of anceint Greek theatre, ask forthe program of "Olympus Festival", there is also a small museum open year round.
It is only this summer, 2003, that the temple of Ypsistos ZEUS (= the Highest ) has come to light with numerous statues and other sculptures.
The name/ adjective "Ypsistos", meaning the HIGHEST (God), was used very seldom in antiquity, but became common in Greek texts about the appearing one God of the Christian religion. So this new temple brings the conceptions of Greek Antiquity one step closer to the Monotheistic religions that were developing in Palestine and the Jewish lands.
Excavations continue in the wetlands of Dion, more holy secrets are awaiting their revelation in our 21st century...
Thankfully, the red arrows are painted on all faces of the rocks, so that you are able to see them from any angle. This helps tremendously on the descent. One thing to avoid, is over-confidence spawned by the thoughts, "I've already done this part; I can cruise along now!" Those might be your last thoughts...more
I am sure that I won't have to tell you to look around and soak up the beauty and majesty of standing on Olympus' summit. I won't have to tell you that you are at th highest point in Greece. Nor that this view was supposed to be reserved for Zues and his friends. No, you will be making your own mental notes, devising your own version of the stories...more
Finally after arriving at the second "fake" peak, you can see the end. The Greek flag designating the summit is finally in clear sight, and you know that it will only be a short time before you are at the top. The last part of the mountain forces you on many switch-backs, but is fairly easy going compared to what you just completed. It is, however,...more
Like all shops and institutions in Greece, the tourist office in Litochoro also doesn’t work between 13 and 16 o’clock (if I remember right the hours). Doesn’t matter that we visited it in the highest season – mid of August, people just not push their selves to work too much.Anyway we met a nice guy near the office that managed to give us and...more
The actual city of Litohoro is normally only thought of by the visitor as an afterthought on the way to the trails of Olympus. But, if you make the effort to explore this small town, you will be pleasantly surprised at the lively culture here. While nightlife would be described as nearly non-existent, there are some great parks and a small...more