Road trip to Kissavos
About The Place
Kissavos, also known as Ossa, is regarded as a geological extension of Mount Olympus, and it is geographically separated from it by the Tempe Valley. Reaching a maximum elevation of 1,978 meters (Prophet Helias), Kissavos is situated between the Larissa Valley to the west, the Agia Valley to the south, and the sea to the east, where its slopes descend to form sheltered coves.
A prominent valley cleaves the mountain into two sections, referred to as the “Big Canyon” to the north and the “Big Stream” to the south. Geologically noteworthy, Ossa boasts a foundation of crystalline rocks overlaid by other igneous formations.
The eastern and northern flanks of Kissavos are enveloped in lush surroundings, where a variety of forests including beech, chestnut, and pine thrive. The mountain’s southern ridge also hosts stands of fir trees. To the east, Kissavos meets the Aegean Sea, revealing splendid beaches and a diverse medley of vegetation, ranging from shrubbery and plain trees at lower altitudes to beech and fir trees at higher elevations.
Throughout much of the mountain’s expanse, particularly its eastern aspects, remarkable canyons cut through the terrain, often accompanied by vigorous streams. Among these, the Kalypso stream stands out, adorned with waterfalls, pools, and jagged rocks. The northeast side boasts a rugged and untamed landscape, with the peak’s cone devoid of vegetation. Perched at an elevation of 1,978 meters, the summit even harbors a captivating underground chapel dedicated to Prophet Helias.
Road trip with 4×4 or minibus
Visit mountain shelter of Kissavos
Hike to the summit, Prophitis Elias (1.978 m), or
Explore the “Nymphs Cave” in Spilia
- 6 Hours
Embark on a captivating road trip along a scenic route that unveils the lesser-known beauty of a majestic mountain. Here, where mountains meet the sea, history blends with legend, and culture intertwines with tradition, lies an adventure waiting to be discovered. Join us as we explore Mount Kissavos, a hidden gem in Thessaly, aboard a comfortable mini bus or 4×4 vehicle. Our journey begins in the charming village of Velika, where we set out to uncover the hidden treasures of this relatively unknown mountainous region.
As we traverse this picturesque landscape, we will be enchanted by dense forests, meandering rivers, and rugged dirt roads that lead us to quaint villages. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to visit local mansions and historic monasteries, immersing ourselves in the rich heritage of the area.
Our carefully curated route takes us through Velika, Agia, Metaxochori, Megalovrisso, Anatoli (where we’ll enjoy coffee prepared by the welcoming nuns at the monastery), Spilia, Kanalos*, Arioprino, Karitsa, Kokkino Nero, Koutsoupia, Paliouria, and back to Velika. Each stop offers unique experiences and a glimpse into the region’s captivating charm.
At Kanalos, we’ll have the chance to visit the mountain shelter of Kissavos. If weather and daylight permit, we can embark on an exhilarating hike to the summit of Prophitis Elias, reaching an elevation of 1,978 meters. Alternatively, for those seeking a different adventure, we can explore the enchanting “Nymphs Cave” in Spilia, delving into the depths of this fascinating underground world.
The beauty of our route lies in its flexibility. We can tailor the journey to include areas of particular interest, such as Olympus, Kissavos, Mavrovouni, the Peneus Delta, or even the captivating region of Pelion. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a seeker of hidden treasures, this mountainous road trip promises an unforgettable experience, blending breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters, and the allure of uncharted territories.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes and hiking shoes (depending on the season)
A change of clothes in case you sweat
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
Walking sticks (optionally)
Your own personal water bottle
All necessary local transfers for the operation of the activity
Mini Bus or 4×4 vehicle
- 6 years and older
- Basic physical condition
- Meeting time 10.00
- End of activity 14.30
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