A Beautiful Easy Hike on Mount Olympus in Greece That You’ll Love

Legends and ancient Greek mythology abound in Mount Olympus National Park in Greece, making for a unique hiking experience.  Just don’t anger the gods, or else!

Adventures on Mount Olympus Greece
According to Greek mythology, Olympus National Park was home to the ancient 12 Gods. Naturally,  Zeus lived on Mount Olympus, the highest peak. There’s something both eery and magical about Greece’s first national park. A lot has happened in its 3000-year-old history. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve.
One of the wooden bridges you cross while hiking Enipeass Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park, Greece

The original plan was to climb Mount Olympus. It’s the highest peak in Greece at 2918 m. Our plan was to stay at Yosos Apostolidis, the only refuge along the way. I was beyond excited and looking forward to not only the climb but hiking among the gods. Albeit admittedly a little anxious. Nobody wants to anger a Greek God, especially high in the mountains!
Hikers can see cascading waterfalls when hiking Enipeas' Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park in Greece

Alas, it was not to be. It was already near the end of the hiking season in October and had rained heavily a few days before. Therefore our planned changed.
Hiking adventures on Mount Olympus Greece

Instead, our group settled on a much easier afternoon hike – Enipeas’ Gorge. The name Enipeas comes from a sea deity. According to Greek mythology, Enipeas’ Gorge is where the musician Orpheus was devoured by Maenads. They were the immortal female followers of Dionysus, the god of ritual madness and ecstasy! Although I had nothing against my fellow hikers, I secretly hoped to witness one of them being devoured by Maenads. Serious who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for my fellow hikers, Maenads didn’t show up. Or if they did, they were stayed well hidden.

Adventures on Mount Olympus Greece

It’s no wonder that the forested path with wooden bridges crossing the Enipeas’ River feels shrouded in mystery!

The 10km path also leads you to an important historic site in Mount Olympus – The Holy Cave of St. Dionysus Monastery. St Dionysus spent time in Meteora, then Mount Athos, leading a pious life. Many monks came to hear his wise words. He guided many lawless people to the path to salvation. Nearby, but not directly on the Enipeas’ Gorge Trail, you can visit the  Old Monastery of Agios Dionysus.

The Holy Cave of St. Dionysios in Enipeas' Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park, Greece.

The Holy Cave of St. Dionysios

Besides the Greek mythology, legends and historical sites, keep your eyes open for the 100+ bird species and 30 amphibian and reptile species that call Mount Olympus home. I was thrilled to see this salamander, right on the trail.

A salamander, one of the 30 amphibian/reptile species found in Mount Olympus National Park in Greece.

A salamander, one of the 30 amphibian/reptile species found in Mount Olympus National Park.

Enipeas' Gorge is part of the E4 long distance hiking trail which runs over 10,000 km from Spain to Cyprus.

Enipeas’ Gorge is part of the E4 long-distance hiking trail. It covers 10,000 km from Spain to Cyprus.

Adventures on Mount Olympus Greece

Adventures on Mount Olympus Greece

Hiking adventures in Mount Olympus National Park, Greece

Views of both Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea from Enipeas' Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park in Greece

Views of both Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea from Enipeas’ Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park in Greece

It’s this unique combination of Greek mythology, 3000-year-old legends and historical sites, along with the flora and fauna that make Mount Olympus so special!

And you don’t have to climb to the top of Mount Olympus to experience it, although I would sure like to!

How to Hike Enipeas’ Gorge in Mount Olympus National Park:

  • I did the Olympus Hiking Tour with a local guide, which you can book here.
    The 10km one-way hike starts in Prionia and finishes in Litochoro. You will need to either hike back or arrange a transfer back if you’re hiking on your own. You can find a map of the Enipeas’ Gorge here
  • There are no huts/refuges along the way, so be sure to bring water and snacks if required.

See our recommendations for a day hiking packing list

What Else To Do Nearby:

  • Visit the ancient shepherd village of Old Panteleimonas; located ~30km away.
  • Hike in Meteora, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to suspended monasteries, and unique hikes – on one guided hike, you can hike to an old monk jail! It’s located ~2 hours from Mount Olympus by car.

Where to Stay:

  • I stayed at Cavo Olympo Luxury Resort & Spa, the only 5* hotel in Pieria, ~ 30 km from Litochoro. I LOVED this hotel so much. It offers incredible value for luxury and views of Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea, AND it has a private beach!Adventures on Mount Olympus Greece

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.
2017-08-22T14:59:22+00:00

9 Comments

  1. Sainath March 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Wow this looks not less than Heaven!!! Certainly in my bucket list for 2016. It would be a amazing experience climbing the mountains and witnessing the horizons.

    • Laurel March 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      @Sainath – It’s an incredible place. I would love to go back and climb Mount Olympus next time!

  2. David April 1, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Is It Original or Photoshop?This Looks Incredible I Never Knew About that Places,really that Was awesome snaps,thanks for sharing some Fantastic places..

    • Laurel April 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      @David – Original photos that have been slightly enhanced. Mount Olympus is a really beautiful area.

  3. Jane Livingstone April 21, 2016 at 5:16 am - Reply

    A great place, well worth a visit. Climbed to the lower summit last September, though weather not too good either. Can recommend staying at small refuge C on plateau of muses.

    • Laurel April 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      @Janet – Lucky you that you were able to get to the lower summit. I definitely want to go back and climb it. Thanks for the refuge recommendation.

  4. Neel @ Agra Tour July 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    That’s really exciting hiking mount Olympus Greece. This is amazing travel blog posts!

  5. Julia Watson December 19, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    The name ‘Olympus’ was given to the palace of the gods. The names of the main Roman Olympians were Jupiter, Juno, Mars, Minerva, Neptune, Vesta, Apollo, Venus, Ceres and Diana.

  6. Nick Stamoulis April 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! A hike to the top probably isn’t in my future but a 10k hike is much more manageable! Something to consider for my next visit.

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