Starting early in the morning, we head by bus towards to the important archeological area of DION, which is situated at the feet of Olympus. There we will have a guided tour and later we will visit the picturesque chapel of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni.From there we follow on foot a verdant gorgeous climbing path next to the stream of Orlia (Elikonas river) that leads to the first waterfall forming a small lake. By following the path with in a few minutes we find the second waterfall, higher and more impressive one, which also forms a small lake, bigger and deeper than the first. More impressive is the Waterfall of Kokkinos Vrachos. A short stop to admire the exceptional beauty of the landscape and we return to the smaller lake where we stop for diving into its crystal clear waters, for sunbathing and deep breaths of rest and relaxation. A small group can be formed for everyone wish to attend the energy art of Yoga from a teacher for deeper relaxation. Later on we return back to the starting area.
8:30 Departure for Dion by bus
10:00 We begin our guided tour to the archeological area of Dion
12:00 We start our trip into the wonderful nature of Olympus
Duration: ~4 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Meeting Point: Paralia, Pieria
Finish: Orlias gorge
Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness
Overnight: Paralia, Pieria
Recommended equipment list
The village of Dion is situated near the archeological area and 15 km away from Katerini,in the northern foothills of Olympus. It used to be called Malathria, because of the plant malathra (marathos) that was flourishing in the area.
Dion is an area in the foothills of Olympus. Today it is known all over the world because of the discovery of a very important Macedonian city. The ancient kings of Macedonia have chosen Dion for their summer residence. There they created, many centuries ago, a settlement in the ruins of which the elements of ancient Macedonian Civilization are obvious.
About 700 B.C. Isiodos singing Zeus’s divine love forThiia, the daughter of the Greeks’ fore father Defkalionas, he says that she got pregnant and gave birth to two children, Magnitas and Makedonas, who lived in Pieria around the mountain Olympus. The sacred location of Zeus in that area was Dion, in the foot hills of Olympus.
The excavations revealed that Dion constituted the sacred town of Macedonians during antiquity. The archeologists brought to light some findings that testified the existence of a brilliant and thriving civilization : remains of an ancient theater, the sanctuaries of Dimitra, of Isida, of Dionissos and the Asklipio, streets with shops, the cemetery and the city walls,the Hellenistic and roman theater, the roman baths with lots of sculptures, palace findings, the Conservatory, as also a palaiochristianic basilica cemetery of outside the walls. Many of the findings are exhibited today in the Archeological Museum, in the village of Dion. Most of the graves belong to royal members. Today we can admire the remains of this civilization in the archeological area of Dion and in the Archeological Museum of Dion.