Early in the morning we set out for the 159 km cycling tour with road bikes. Our target is to complete the cycling tour of mythical mount Olympus. We will have the opportunity to meet the coastline of its eastern areas, the mountainous villages, the Western Olympus in Thessaly and the Northern Olympus in Pieria.
Starting from Leptokarya, we follow the route to Platamonas and from there we are heading the uphill to Kallipefki.
In the midway we go through the picturesque mountainous village of Palaios Panteleimonas, by making a short stop, so as to admire the beautiful view towards the base of Eastern Olympus and the sea that lays in front of us!
We keep on cycling in the uphill road, as we leave behind us the mountainous Ano Skotina. The next stop for catch up and taking some pictures is in Patomeni, a place that is located 2 kilometers from Kallipefki, in mount Olympus, Thessaly.
We keep going as we move towards the provincial road of Larissa – Kallipefki and from there we move on, passing by all the villages of Western Olympus in Thessaly (Karia, Sikaminea, Kriovrisi, Olympiada, Kallithea, Lophos, Dolichi, Pythio). We keep moving by passing by the villages of mount Olympos in Pieria (Aghios Dimitrios, Photeina, Kato Milia, Moschochori, Neokaisareia, Andromachi, Nea Ephesos, Kontariotissa, Karitsa, Dion, Port of Litochoro, Plaka, Leptokarya).
The 159 km cycling tour around the mount Olympus is completed in the starting point, where there will be a stop for relaxation and refilling or swimming in the beache.
8.30 The cyclists’ group starts road tour to Olympus.
14.00 Dreak & or swimming.
Duration: ~7 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Meeting Point: Paralia, Pieria
Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness
Overnight: Paralia, Pieria
Recommended equipment list
Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, the second highest mountain range of Balkans, the holy mountain, a landmark of Greek Mythology, the residence of the twelve Gods of Antiquity, a National Forest since 1938, but also universal monument of culture.
It overlooks imposing and sumptuous in Central Greece with a range of high summits, sluices and sills, canyons and plateaus, alpine grasslands, bushy forests, deep caves and imposing rocks. It is a unique ecosystem of rare biodiversity that hosts more than 1.500 species of plants, tens (decades) of wild animal species, as well as rare birds.
Mytikas (2.917 m.) and Stefani or throne of Zeus (2.909 m.) are its cloud covered summits. Here, within dense clouds, the “Twelve Gods of Olympus” lived according to the religion of ancient Greeks. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. From there he launches his bolts showing this way his divine anger.
The mountain of Gods with its impressive height, its mythical appeal and the easy accessibility, constitutes an attraction for thousands of visitors from any corner of the world. Roads and paths cross the massif with the European Path E4 being the most important one, moving westwards from Litochoro to the peaks, through the Enipeas gorge.
The charm of Olympus is so imposing that leads you to discover in yourself the soul of a legendary conqueror!
The twelve gods live in the gorges, in the “folds of Olympus” as Homer calls them - where their palaces are located. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. The Dodecatheon is completed by Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite and Hephaestus.
On the eastern slopes of Olympus, in Pieria, the mythological traditions placed the nine Muses, protectors of Fine Arts, daughters of Zeus and the titan Mnemosyne: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope.