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Mount Olympus, Thessaly

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Mount Olympus (; Greek: Όλυμπος Olympos, for Modern Greek also transliterated Olimbos, [ˈolimbos] or [ˈolibos]) is the highest mountain in Greece. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks and deep gorges. The highest peak, Mytikas (Μύτικας Mýtikas), meaning "nose", rises to 2,917 metres (9,570 ft). It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence.
Olympus is notable in Greek mythology as the home of the Greek gods, on Mytikas peak. It is also noted for its exceptional biodiversity and rich flora. It has been a National Park, the first in Greece, since 1938. It is also a World Biosphere Reserve.
Every year, thousands of visitors admire its fauna and flora, tour its slopes, and climb its peaks. Organized mountain refuges and various mountaineering and climbing routes are available. The usual starting point for climbing Olympus is the town of Litochoro, on the eastern foothills of the mountain, 100 km (62 mi) from Thessaloniki.
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  • Breath taking views. Beautiful roads, lovely view points. If you are a hiker, you should prepare for a treat. Recommended, even with a private car, for a few hours. Strat from the tourist visit...  more »
  • In September is still hot outside but is a good time to go and visit mount Olympus. Going for hiking will take few days to reach all the parts of the huge mountain .The only thing that we didn't like....  more »
  • A visit to M. Olympus is a must for every hiker! I have visited several times the national park and simply you cannot see it all in once. Several mountain huts up there with friendly people will make....  more »
  • Beautiful spot visiting the gods
  • Great place... Got to meet Zeus and the other gods and goddesses. Only problem is the climb.
  • An awe-inspiring place. Truly the home of the Gods.
  • I climb the Mitica and i enjoy so much ! Beautiful nature and super giant mountain!
  • if you have time, definitely consider climbing the mountain by foot from the village (Litochoro), it took us 4 days to get to the top, first night we slept at the monastery (very nice!), another night in one of the checkpoint-houses (they also got food), and the last night right on the top of the mountain... had wonderfull time! :)

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