Litochoro (Greek: Λιτόχωρο, Katharevousa: Λιτόχωρον) is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the Dio-Olympos municipality, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit. It is located at the base of Mount Olympus, on the western shore of the Thermaic Gulf. The first recorded mention of Litochoro is in an account of a visit by Saint Dionysius (Greek: Άγιος Διονύσιος) to Mount Olympus in the 16th century. The town is a popular destination for those wishing to climb Mount Olympus as almost all climbing routes begin to the southwest of the town.
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5 based on 71 reviews
I recently hiked Olympus this August. I hiked up the Gortsia trail to the Christos Kakkalos refuge, then to Mytikas (the highest summit) the next day. Then I hiked down the Prionia trail with new friends :) the same day.
The Prionia trail is very nice. A lot of greenery and a shorter hike. However, the Gortsia trail, in my opinion, has much more stunning views and less rocks on the trail. It is about 6 hours to the plateau of the muses, however, the views are stunning.
I will say that as a beginner hiker, either trail is doable, however it is helpful to be in some sort of shape. Neither trail is very technical, however, endurance and uphill strength is required (legs, quads, core, etc.)
From the plateau to Mytikas, you will need to actually use your hands and feet to climb. Although it is not really difficult, you must be careful and watch out for falling rocks. The refuges will give you helmets.
I know this forum is supposed to be about the Prionia trail, but I didn't see anything about the Gortsia trail and it's really a gorgeous hike. Less crowded too! Prionia is nice also.
4.5 based on 283 reviews
Stayed in nearby Litochoro and took the 20 minute drive by car to the archeological site at Dion.
The site itself is situated in a quiet residential area and when we visited there was only a dozen or so other visitors. Together with your tickets you get a map of the area and the entrance fee also covers the nearby museum (which we didn't go to).
The whole site is surprisingly large and you should allow for a couple of hours if you want to cover everything. For us the best thing was probably the main street and the public bathhouses with beautiful mosaics.
There are bilingual signs and posters at the points of interest in Greek and English. Some of the posters are faded and difficult to read.
Having seen Athens, Mycenae, Corinth and Delphi on the same vacation just before the visit to Dion was a little bit of a shame as Dion in our opinion probably doesn't quite match those other historic sights.
In its own rights, however, Dion is still worth a visit if you're in the area and you can't take away the history of the place that will always be a source of fascination and inspiration.
5 based on 210 reviews
each weekend when i go to Katerini i try to visit as well Litochoro for an evening or a sunday noon.and have the possibility to drive to olympus to aghios dionysios monastery and to the first shelter of olympus..nice place to walk or to rest and to have a beautiful day with friends.
4.5 based on 73 reviews
Incredible experience. Old monastery in the pure nature and picturesque surroundings. It has an excellent shop where you can buy lot of things. Local food products, pure cosmetics, even books that concern the life of holy people , in different languages (English, Russian etc).
5 based on 27 reviews
very easy access from DION village ! there are two Waterfalls the small and the bigger .take time to visit both .the access to the bigger is much more difficult because of the stiffness of the place and because there are no signs .keep your eyes open for frogs and crabs because the place is full of them
4.5 based on 26 reviews
Superb location is the old monastery of Agios Dyonysioy and you can easily go with the car. The visit to this may not be feasible due to repairs and renovation. Also if the weather is nice I would suggest from this place and descending in the path that is right in the parking lot to go to the Waterfalls (nearby) or by a 30 minutes journey to reach the Holy cave that lived Santa and get water from the source.
5 based on 22 reviews
olympus the mountain of the greek gods remain the symbol of Greece and pieria .it is still a holy mountain not as the ancient greeks beleive but for the modern greek and tourists explorers..has so much to give and get ..the nature simply irresistable and the views wherever you go are breathtaking..natura at its best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4.5 based on 38 reviews
Having lived for years on Greek Islands with a strong maritime history like Hydra I was fascinated by the idea of a maritime museum in a mountain village at the foot of Mt Olympos.
When going to the museum on a late morning during the first week of September I encountered a man coming down the staircase, which leads to the museum on the first floor of the municipality building. I asked, if I was right for the museum and the rather unfriendly and mono-syllabic man just said: ' It is closed'. I asked at which hours it will be open again (since this is not written anywhere). The reply was: 'It is closed for the whole month'. This made me answer: 'You sure picked the best month to close this museum for renovation', in the knowledge that September is a favorite time to go up Mt Olympus (as I did) and thus a busy tourist period.
4.5 based on 55 reviews
Very nicely set out. The basement has a lovely hands on exhibit for children equally fascinating for adults. Upstairs you will see an amazing collection. Beautiful mosaics and everything really well displayed. I had no idea about the organ before I visited.
We visited the archaeological park first which is probably better. It gives a context and scale. Between them we spent a half day---extremely memorable and we will return. Hardly anyone there. Deserves to be much better known.
Another reviewer has commented on the toilets at the museum. I can't remember how long it has been since I have seen "squatty" loos in a public building anywhere in the world. They weren't even very clean. One of the first things you see in the archaeological site is a series of sit down lavatories from the Hellenistic period!! Perhaps the museum architect should visit the site. Or any bathroom shop in Greece.
5 based on 11 reviews
Enippeas gorge is a wonderful trail in the foothills of Mt.Olympus renowned for its beautiful densely vegetated landscape. En route we will pass through a cave-chapel and the monastery of St. Dionysus, and we will take advantage of several swimming opportunities in natural river pools. The route is quite long, but the varied geological features, the small lakes with crystal waters and the
The nature trail starts about 300 meters from the village square and runs on top of the towns main water supply. It winds its way gently along the canyon cliff for about a kilometer, ending at a waterfall. The whole trail is shaded and green and well worth the visit.
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