Recently (May 20), Mr. hubby and I traveled to Mt. Olympus Park (Northern Greece). It was a 2-hour drive from Thessaloniki city by taking the highway. To reach the park, we passed through Litochoro village, and from there we followed the long and winding road of Mt. Olympus in hope to reach Prionia, the highest refuge area. Upon reaching it, we took the E4 hiking route. As if we were magically entranced by the Olympian Gods, we couldn’t get enough marveling at the scenery. One part covered in snow; our destination, was clothed in lush green. The chilly spring wind was still around, yet the afternoon stroke of the Sun God was our comfort companion as we strolled inside the home of the 12 Gods. Undoubtedly, we became intimate with it, devouring its luscious natural habitat. In our 2-hr walk, I managed to take some of these “pathway” images. Hope you enjoy them!
Hiking at Mt. Olympus
1. Mt. Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece – 2,917 m.
2. In ancient Greek mythology, it is known to be the home of the 12 Olympian Gods. Ruled by Zeus, his wife Hera, his brother Poseidon, his sister Hestia, the harvest Goddess Demeter, Zeus’ son & winged messenger Hermes, his son from his wife – Ares, his beautiful daughter Aphrodite, his twin children from the mortal Leto – Apollo & Artemis, his favorite daughter – Athena, and his other son – Haphaestus.
3. Litochoro is a village at the foot of Mt. Olympus – also known as “the City of Gods”.
4. It is the first declared National Park in Greece (1938).
5. There are 52 peaks in Mt. Olympus.
6. There are no lakes inside Mt. Olympus – but you can find many streams!
7. During WWII, it was used as a hiding place by the Greek resistance from the Germans.
Yes, finally my dream came true to come to this place! I conclude that it was a great idea to wait a little bit to visit it, until the weather became warmer and sunnier. One of the best places to recommend if you’re in Northern Greece – definitely is Mount Olympus park! 😀