Olympus Family Hike
About The Place
Nestled in the heart of Greece, Mount Olympus stands as an eternal symbol of awe-inspiring beauty, mythological significance, and natural grandeur. This captivating mountain range, revered by ancient Greeks as the dwelling place of the gods, offers an unparalleled landscape that seamlessly merges myth and reality, captivating the hearts of explorers, nature enthusiasts, and seekers of ancient wisdom.
The landscape of Mount Olympus is a symphony of diverse ecosystems, each contributing to the mountain’s breathtaking allure. Its peaks pierce the sky, with the highest, Mytikas, soaring to an impressive 2,918 meters. Glistening glaciers and snow-capped summits are juxtaposed against verdant slopes and lush valleys. Ancient pine forests whisper secrets of time immemorial, while crystal-clear streams cascade down the mountainsides, nurturing a rich tapestry of flora and fauna.
Mount Olympus isn’t merely a geographical entity—it’s a living entity in the realm of mythology. In the ancient Greek pantheon, this sacred mountain was the realm of the twelve Olympian gods, each deity commanding dominion over aspects of the cosmos. Zeus, the father of gods and men, ruled from the summit, his thunderbolts echoing through the valleys. The mythological aura of the mountain infuses every corner with a sense of mystique and reverence.
One of the most enticing aspects of Mount Olympus is its intricate network of hiking trails that traverse its slopes. The E4 European long-distance path winds its way through enchanting landscapes, offering glimpses of ancient ruins, wildflower-dappled meadows, and awe-inspiring viewpoints. The trails lead adventurers to remote plateaus, glacial lakes, and mythical caves—each step taken feels like a communion with both nature’s majesty and the echoes of ancient legends.
Mount Olympus is a haven for biodiversity, sheltering a remarkable array of plant and animal species. Rare orchids bloom among alpine meadows, while the elusive chamois roams the rugged terrain. Golden eagles and peregrine falcons grace the skies, contributing to the mountain’s status as a National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Surrounding the natural splendor of Mount Olympus are charming villages that add a cultural dimension to the landscape. Litochoro, the gateway to the mountain, welcomes visitors with its traditional architecture and warm hospitality. Nearby, Dion, an ancient city, offers a glimpse into the region’s historical importance with its well-preserved ruins and archaeological museum.
As the sun paints the sky with hues of pink and gold, the sunrise from the summit of Mount Olympus is an experience that transcends words. Watching the first rays of light illuminate the land below and feeling the cool mountain breeze is a spiritual encounter—a union of human spirit and natural marvel that has unfolded for countless generations.
Mount Olympus is more than a mountain; it’s a realm of mystery, mythology, and natural grandeur. Its landscape invites exploration, reflection, and a deep connection with the very essence of Greece’s identity. From mythic peaks to whispering forests, every aspect of this landscape tells a story—an ancient story of gods and heroes, nature’s beauty, and the timeless magic of 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
- 2,5 Hours
Olympus Family Hike is an unforgettable journey brimming with mythology and adventure.
In Greek Mythology, Olympus is revered as the dwelling place of the Twelve Gods. This majestic mountain is not only steeped in ancient lore but also boasts a remarkable array of flora and fauna, earning its distinction as Greece’s very first National Park since 1938.
Our hiking tour guides you along picturesque and easily accessible trails, leading you to discover hidden gems such as charming chapels, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking viewpoints. Designed with children in mind, this hike is perfect for young explorers eager to uncover the wonders of Mount Olympus. We provide a map-sketch of the route, allowing them to engage in interactive games that bring mythology to life while fostering a deep love for nature and the mountain.
Immerse yourself in the mythical aura of the mountain as we commence our hike in the enchanting town of Litochoro. We meander through historic alleys, passing by the esteemed First Primary School, an architectural gem constructed in 1907. Our journey leads us to the sacred Agia Paraskevi church, where we bid farewell to the village and embark on a mesmerizing path offering captivating vistas of Litochoro and the sparkling sea.
At the captivating Vythos location, we are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the lofty peaks, including the majestic Mytikas (2,918m) and the graceful Stefani (2,909m). This breathtaking panorama is framed by the grandeur of the Enipeas Gorge, creating a dramatic spectacle.
Following the gentle melody of the Enipeas waters, we arrive at the mystical “fountain of Zeus,” a place that emanates a profound sense of magic. Our journey continues to the tranquil area of Lakkos, marking the final stop of our hike. Filled with cherished memories and remarkable experiences, we make our way back to our starting point at the central square of Litochoro.
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 Trekking Hellas guide
Special “passport – info guide” for Litochoro village, including discount in selected shops
- Good physical condition
- Meeting time 10.00
- End of activity 12.30
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