At the foot of legendary Mount Olympus, the home of the twelve ancient Greek gods, is the town of Litochoro. Situated at an altitude of 300 meters, next to the Enipeas River, with a stunning view of the Thermaikos gulf and the peaks of Mount Olympus, it provides an appealing combination of mountain and sea. It is a great base for a walk up Mount Olympus.
The Olympus National Park was the first National Park of Greece (1938). The flora and fauna there is legendary, over 1,700 species of flora, 32 mammal species, and over 100 species of birds. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1981.
Litochoro itself is a pretty town dating back to the 14th century. Wander through the narrow alleyways, interspersed with small, shaded squares. Pay a visit to the picturesque churches of Agia Paraskevi and Profitis Ilias.
Just 5 km from Litochoro is the sacred ancient Greek city of Dion, where priceless archaeological treasures come to light every day, 80 km away are the Macedonian Kings’ Tombs of Vergina, 35 km south of Litochoro is the imposing Valley of Tempi, where Zeus courted the Nine Muses. The relative proximity of these sites makes Litochoro a good base for a holiday of walking and exploration.
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