Olympus Family Hike & Horse Riding
About The Place
Nestled within the heart of Greece, Mount Olympus stands as an everlasting emblem of breathtaking beauty, mythological significance, and the grandeur of nature. This captivating mountain range, regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of gods, presents an unparalleled panorama that effortlessly blends myth and reality, captivating the hearts of adventurers, nature aficionados, and those seeking the wisdom of antiquity.
The landscape of Mount Olympus orchestrates a symphony of diverse ecosystems, each contributing to the mountain’s awe-inspiring allure. Its peaks pierce the heavens, with the highest summit, Mytikas, soaring to an impressive altitude of 2,918 meters. Glinting glaciers and snow-capped peaks harmoniously contrast with luxuriant slopes and verdant valleys. Age-old pine forests whisper the secrets of times past, while pristine streams cascade down the mountainsides, nurturing a rich tapestry of plant and animal life.
Mount Olympus isn’t confined to being a mere geographical entity; it is a living entity within the realm of mythology. In the ancient Greek pantheon, this sacred mountain was the realm of the twelve Olympian deities, each commanding dominion over distinct aspects of the cosmos. Zeus, the father of gods and men, ruled from its summit, his thunderbolts resonating through the valleys. The mythic ambiance of the mountain imbues every nook and cranny with an air of mystique and reverence.
One of the most enchanting facets of Mount Olympus is its intricate web of hiking trails that traverse its slopes. The E4 European long-distance path meanders through enchanting landscapes, affording glimpses of ancient ruins, meadows adorned with wildflowers, and breathtaking viewpoints. These trails guide adventurers to remote plateaus, glacial lakes, and legendary caves—each step taken feels like a communion with both the majesty of nature and the lingering echoes of age-old legends.
Mount Olympus emerges as a sanctuary for biodiversity, sheltering an impressive array of plant and animal species. Among the alpine meadows, rare orchids bloom, while the elusive chamois gracefully navigates the rugged terrain. The skies above witness the grace of golden eagles and peregrine falcons, further solidifying the mountain’s status as a National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Sweeping around the natural magnificence of Mount Olympus are charming villages that infuse a cultural dimension into the landscape. Litochoro, the threshold to the mountain, extends a warm welcome with its traditional architecture and genuine hospitality. In close proximity, Dion, an ancient city, offers a glimpse into the historical significance of the region through its meticulously preserved ruins and captivating archaeological museum.
As the sun adorns the sky with hues of rosy pink and gleaming gold, the sunrise from Mount Olympus’s summit becomes an encounter that transcends linguistic expression. Witnessing the first rays of daylight cascade over the land below, while feeling the refreshing mountain breeze, is a spiritual rendezvous—a union of the human spirit with a natural marvel that has unfurled across countless generations.
Mount Olympus transcends being a mere mountain; it morphs into a realm resonating with enigma, mythology, and the majesty of the natural world. Its landscape extends an invitation for exploration, contemplation, and a profound connection with the very core of Greece’s identity. From its mythical peaks to the whispered secrets of its forests, every facet of this landscape narrates an ancient tale—an age-old saga of gods and heroes, the allure of nature, and the timeless enchantment that embodies Mount Olympus.
Easy Hiking full of fun and mythology, ideal for the whole family
Magical view to Litochoro and the sea
Reach the “fountain of Zeus” in Enipeas Gorge
Horse riding Tutorial
- 3 Hours
Our Hike & Horse riding at Olympus, promises a delightful and leisurely day filled with excitement and mythical wonders.
Olympus, known in Greek Mythology as the dwelling place of the Twelve Gods, holds a special significance. Renowned for its abundant flora and fauna, this majestic mountain became Greece’s very first National Park in 1938.
Our hiking tour guides you along picturesque and easy trails, leading to chapels, enchanting waterfalls, and vantage points offering breathtaking views. It is an ideal adventure for children, as we provide them with a map-sketch of the route. Through interactive games and playful exploration, they can learn about the captivating mythology while fostering an appreciation for nature and the mountain.
Embraced by the mystical ambiance of Olympus, and surrounded by the invigorating scents of pine trees and mountain blooms, our hike commences in the charming village of Litochoro. We meander through historic alleys, passing by the iconic First Primary School, which dates back to 1907. Our journey culminates at the revered Agia Paraskevi church, where we bid farewell to the village and embark on a path offering a mesmerizing panorama of Litochoro and the sparkling sea.
At the magnificent viewpoint of Vythos, we are treated to a breathtaking spectacle of the lofty peaks, including Mytikas (2,918m) and Stefani (2,909m), framed by the awe-inspiring Enipeas Gorge that towers above us.
Following the melodic murmurs of the Enipeas waters, we arrive at the “fountain of Zeus,” an enchanting spot that exudes a magical allure. From there, we continue our journey to the captivating region of Lakkos, marking the final stop of our hike. With vivid images and unforgettable experiences etched in our minds, we make our way back to Litochoro’s central square.
Concluding this marvelous hiking adventure, we offer an optional horse riding experience in the scenic surroundings of Litochoro. Under the guidance of a professional instructor, participants receive an introduction to horse riding before enjoying a delightful 10-15 minute ride through the picturesque Estate.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
Light hiking shoes or hiking boots
Hat or beanie, sunglasses, sunblock
Waterproof jacket / membrane (for the rainy days)
Υour own personal water bottle
English speaking guide
Special “passport – info guide” for Litochoro village, including discount in selected shops
Horse riding, professional instructor
- Good physical condition
- Meeting time 10.00
- End of activity 13.00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds