Having as our base the village of Litochoro, we begin to discover the breath-taking gorge of Enipeas, the most famous Gorge of Olympus.
Starting point of our tour in the gorge is the position Prionia in the springs of Enipeas, at an altitude of 1.100m.
Following a well preserved and adequately marked international path of mountain routes E4, we meet a natural environment that enchants with its dazzling beauty. Dense vegetation with pine, beech, slopes, gorges and ravines, picturesque wooden bridges, running water, ponds with crystal clear water and small water falls.
The Agio Spilaio is of great interest, where Agios Dionysios in Olympus lived secluded, and the monastery of Agios Dionysios (relics of the old monastery are kept, in a renovated building of the 19th century, established on the 16th century and constituted a revolutionary base on various periods).
The international mountain path E4, after a route of 9 km in length (of moderate difficulty) and a duration of about 4-6 hours, ends in the position “Myloi”, one of the entrances of the National Park of Olympus at an altitude of 400m. From there we arrive to the Litochoro Central Square and delicious dinner follows in a traditional tavern. We spend the night at a Hotel in Litochoro.
Duration: ~5 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Meeting Point: Litochoro (400m)
Start: Prionia (1100m)
Finish: Litochoro (400m)
Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness
Overnight: Litochoro (400m)
Recommended equipment list
The breathtaking gorge of Enipeas is the most famous Gorge of Olympus.
According to the mythological tradition, Tyro, daughter of king Salmoneus and Alkidiki fell in love with Enipeas, the most handsome of the river gods, son of Oceanus and Tethys. God Poseidon, who saw Tyro and fell in love with her, took the form of Enipeas, in order to take her. She was deceived and accepted Poseidon. The god of waters then revealed his identity to Tyro and announced the birth of their twin children, Pelias and Nileus.
Still according to mythology, Leto, Apollo’s and Artemis’ mother, used to bathe in the waters of Enipeas, while the gorge of Enipeas was the place the Maenads devoured the hero Orpheus, a poet and famed musician.