Explore the wonderland of Olympus
Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, known worldwide from Greek mythology, as according to ancient religion, the highest peak was inhabited by the twelve "Olympian" Gods. This peak is called Mytikas and has an altitude of 2,917 meters, while its second peak is called Stefani and is considered to be the throne of Zeus. Olympus is located on the southwestern borders of Macedonia and Thessaly, between the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa. It is also the second-highest mountain in the Balkan Peninsula.
It is a rocky mountain with many peaks and deep ravines, around which extends an area with great biodiversity. It has a natural landscape of rare beauty thanks to the impressive waterfalls, ponds, and the river Enipeas. The Mediterranean climate favors the development of rich flora at the foot of Olympus with about 1,700 species of plants, of which 26 are rare and are found only on Olympus.
The height and shape of Olympus with its peaks always covered by fog and clouds caused awe to the ancient Greeks. It was believed that Zeus, the king of the gods, threw his lightning bolts from there showing his rage. The twelve gods were completed by Hera, Estia, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Mars, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus. At the foot of Olympus, according to mythology, were the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and patrons of the Arts: Klio, Efterpi, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania, and Calliope. Since 1938, the area of Olympus has been declared a National Park and a protected historical site due to its scattered monuments. Visitors can admire the archeological site in Dion, Byzantine churches but also go hiking in the beautiful mountain gorges. The most experienced climbers aim to conquer the top !
Awe & admiration
From the left side of Olympus and the highest peak of Greece, Mytikas, also known as the Pantheon to the right one, Stefani, also known as the "Throne of Zeus", the decisions of gods determined the lives of people. Their mythical nature, their steep morphology and, often, their marginal character have always created an aura of mystery, which covers and protects like an invisible veil the rich flora and fauna that inhabit the land of Olympus.