Litochoro is an ideal travel destination year-round. Although it is built on one of the highest peaks of Mt. Olympus (Mytikas elev. 2,918 m.) it is just a few kilometres away from the shores of Pieria. This significant picturesque town is an awesome starting point for hiking excursions on the “Mountain of the gods”. Explore the old traditional village with its narrow streets and houses built according to the macedonian architecture. Pass by the lush green Katounia Park where you should make a stop by the Maritime Museum. From Myloi, at the outskirts, follow the trail that crosses Enipeas ravine. Along the way you will be flanked by rocky masses, as if the mountain was split in two.
The Olympus National Park has wonderful hiking routes you can follow within natural settings of great beauty. This is Greece’s first National Park (declared so in 1938). It covers a 45,000 km2 area, and it is home to alpine vegetation, black pine, oak, rompolο (a type of white pine), beech and 1,700 plant species (23 of which are endemic). In 1981 Mt. Olympus was designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. You’ll come across various lodges on the mountain: “D. Bountolas” (930m alt.), “Sp. Agapitos” (2,100m alt.), “Chr. Kakalos” (2,650m alt.) and “G. Apostolidis” (2,100m alt.). There are numerous mountain trails you can explore, the most popular one being the Litochoro - Prionia hiking route that travels through the Enipeas gorge (E4 path). If you want to extend your excursion, before reaching Prionia you can follow the trail to Mouson Plateau (2,600m alt.) from Gortsia location and head to higher peaks from there on.