Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and it is internationally known mainly for its mythological context. According to the ancient Greek Religion the 12 Olympian Gods inhabited the mountain’s peak (Mytikas – 2.918 m). It is the second highest mountain in the Balkans (after Rila in Bulgaria), as well as the rest of Europe from the Alps to Caucasus.
The solid, grandiose mountainous mass stands out at the border between Macedonia and Thessaly, with a range of high peaks that form deep gorges around which there is an area of remarkable biodiversity. To protect this unique heritage, the area has been declared the first national Park of Greece since 1983. Every year thousands of nature lovers visit Olympus, to admire its beauty, tour its slopes and reach its peaks.
Organized mountain refuges and various mountaineering and climbing routes are available to visitors who want to explore it. The usual starting point is the town of Litochoro, on the eastern foothills of the mountain, 100 km from Thessaloniki, where, in the beginning of every summer, the Olympus Marathon route ends.