Mount Olympus

Area/Site in Central Macedonia

Home of the Greek Gods and numerous endemic species, Olympus is just excellent for trekking. Do not skip a visit to Dion - you will love it.

A rural narrow road among the dense vegetation and the mountain range of Olympus in the background..
photo: afilitos

Attractions & Things to Do in Mount Olympus

Prionia Place

The official end of the road and the place where the path to the mountain begins. The highlight is a taverna with delicious traditional food.

km 0

Old Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus

Located at the foothills of the highest Greek mount stands for its great history and heirlooms.

↗ NE
≈ 3km

Spilios Agapitos Refuge of Mount Olympos

On the road to the peak, this is the first, the largest and a very well-organized shelter.

← W
≈ 4.1km

Mytikas Peak (2917m) in Mount Olympus

The famous peak of the highest Greek mountain and the mythological home of the 12 Gods.

← W
≈ 5.8km

Hiking Trails of Mount Olympus

Countless hikers and nature lovers are attracted by the unique natural landscape of the mountain.

Mount Olympus Marathon

A unique and demanding long-distance race on uneven ground through the paths of the famous Mount Olympus, the home of the Gods.


In Olympus' shadow, Litochoto stands out for its elegant blending of mountain and sea, jungly green beaches, as well as for its delicious food.

→ E
≈ 11.7km
A picture of the exterior of the Kanalon monastery surrounded by the dense vegetation of the area.
photo: Hermann Hammer

Kanalon Monastery, Karya

An old and historical worth-visiting monastery hidden in the dense vegetation of the southern part of Mount Olympus.

↘ SE
≈ 14.2km

Archaeological Site (Park) of Dion

An ancient settlement in the shadow of mount Olympus that served as the holy city of the Macedonian State.

↗ NE
≈ 17.2km

Leptokarya Beach, Pieria

Sandy and small pebble beach of the settlement located at the foothills of mount Olympus includes excellent infrastructure and facilities.

→ E
≈ 19.7km

Questions & Answers about Mount Olympus

Why Visit Mount Olympus?
  • The highest peak (2,917 m) in the country and the second highest in the Balkans.
  • The first National Park of Greece, protected area since 1938.
  • One of the last refuges of unspoiled nature in Europe.
Where to stay while visiting mount Olympus?

The village of Litochoro is named the "Gateway of Olympus" and it's the most convenient option with lots of available accommodation options for all budgets.

How is the landscape as you go to a higher elevation on Mount Olympus?

At lower levels of the mountain, there are shrubs, then a little higher thrive tall pine-trees that create dense forests, and even higher there is an alpine environment composed mostly red lilies.