the tour of Mount Olympus-one day trip

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip and a date with the Gods

One of the things I wanted to do for a long time now, was to be able to get to know specific parts of Mount Olympus which are unknown to the most. I wanted to see the changes in its landscapes, its history, its steep peaks. I had a simple idea and ambition: to go around Mount Olympus in one day!

So, I embarked on an adventure to discover the myth with a one-day excursion and a date with the Gods! On Sunday morning, we had an appointment for the tour of Mt. Olympus with Dimitri, our guide. But Zeus wanted to make our excursion a bit harder and sent us rain.

However, our good mood and enthusiasm about getting to know Mount Olympus a little differently, were enough to get us started on our excursion.

ο γύρος του Ολύμπου ,μονοήμερη εκδρομή

We set off from Litochoro heading to a village named Karya. We went past Livithra and the magnetic field – a unique phenomenon happening here – and made a first stop at the site Balcony. A real balcony with a great scenery overlooking the sea, with clouds underneath us creating an illusion of a smoky mountain with a view of the valley of the ancient river Sys.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip
θέα πριν την Καρυά Ολύμπου

We continue our excursion with the next stop at the historic Monastery of Kanalon. The monastery dates from the 11th century and is built in a valley filled with lush vegetation at an altitude of 800 meters. Its name probably derives from the 4 streams/canals that sourced in the area. The main church of the monastery dates from 1883, but there is also an older chapel with frescoes dating from 1696.

Μονή Κανάλων Όλυμπος

Our next stop is at the Karya rest area for a little hiking, some refreshments and plentiful of fresh cold spring water running from a fountain.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

We located on the map the Karya rest area and mapped our hiking path to get to our destination. In addition, we got information about the area.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Ideal place to rest and have a picnic.

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Just across the picnic area, there is a memorial build for the first national resistance fallen group of Olympus on 19 May 1942.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

After re-energizing ourselves at the rest area, we continue our excursion around Mount Olympus.

The scenery changes dramatically from now on. We leave behind us pine trees and vegetation to see flat plains, a sign that we are now on the Thessalian side of Olympus

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Karya, Sykamina or Skamnia, Kryovrysi and just before the village of Sparmos we turn right to visit another historic monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery of Sparmos.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip
The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

The monastery is built at a 1.000 meters altitude in a lush environment and has been inhabited since the 14th century. It was officially founded in the 16th century. It was used as a center for letters and a refuge for the armatoloi and klephts during the Turkish occupation. Throughout the liberation struggle the contribution of the monastery was decisive.

Our excursion continues. We go past the villages of Olympiada and Kalithea and take the Katerini – Elassona provincial road to the north. We enter the area of ancient Perevia. We leave behind ancient Dolichi and pass through Pythio or Selos as the name of the village was until 1928. The area has been known since the Homer years. Ancient Pythio, along with Dolichi and Azores, formed the Perevian Tripoli 6,000 years ago.

Our excursion continues uphill to Kokkinopilos. Perched at an altitude of 1.250 m, it is the most mountainous village of Olympus.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Trails to Olympus Roudi and Xerolaki (with its magnificent scenery) begin here. With its unique geographical location and long history, the village awaits you to stroll through its narrow streets and enjoy the tranquility and fresh air.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip
The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Time for a short break with tsipouro at one of the village’s taverns.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

The part of the excursion that I expected the most begins here. We leave the asphalt road and enter a beautiful valley headed towards Barra. The road is rough and rocky, but the beauty of the landscape compensates you. Places you don’t often see. You are alone in this mountainous road that was once the main road connecting Katerini to Elassona.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Short stop at Tsoureka fountain,some cold spring water and we continue our excursion to Mount Olympus, on our date with the Gods!

ο γύρος του Ολύμπου μονοήμερη εκδρομή

And while it looked like Zeus wouldn’t do us the favor to show us the peaks of Olympus, he probably felt pity on us and changed his mind.

After a turn, we suddenly saw the majesty of Olympus in front of us.

Megas Lakkos and in front of us the tallest peaks Stefani, Mytikas, Skolio.

Wild landscapes and the unique beauty of the mountain. A real rendezvous with the Gods!

Admiration, awe, all mixed up with myths.

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip
the tour of Mount Olympus-one day trip

Fascinated by the beauty and awe that only Olympus can give you, we took the road back. It was late noon when we had lunch in Petra at the grill house Olympus Geuseis, another great experience on our excursion!

The tour of Mount Olympus- a one day trip

Our one-day excursion was coming to an end, and we were full of images and experiences trying to decode what we saw. Overlooking the highest peaks of Mount Olympus

The Olympus tour, our one-day excursion, was a truly special experience. In a day, we managed to go around MountOlympus. We saw the alternations of its landscapes, pieces of its history, we visited its most mountainous village and enjoyed a unique sight.

ο γύρος του Ολύμπου μονοήμερη εκδρομή
With the view of highest peaks

The three highest peaks of Mount Olympus!

Are you ready for the tour of Mount Olympus and a date with the Gods?

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