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Mount Olympus

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About Mount Olympus:

In 1938, Olympus, the highest Greek mountain, the residence of the twelve ancient gods, was the first area which was declared as a National Park. About 50 years ago a special regime was enforced to protect this unique part of our country. The aim was the preservation of the natural environment; of the flora, fauna and natural landscapes, as well as of its cultural and other values. Scientific research had to be supported and people had to become aware of the environmental conditions. Furthermore tourism had to be developed in the wider area. Specific laws prohibit any kind of exploitation in the east side of the mountain, about 10,000 acres, which constitutes the core of the National Park. The wider area around it was designated as “peripheral zone of the National Park” so that its management and exploitation won’t affect negatively the protection of the core. Olympus is internationally known as for its important ecological characteristics and incomparable natural beauty as well as for its strong relationship with ancient Greek mythology. The importance of the National Park has been recognized not only in Greece and Europe but all over the world. In 1981 UNESCO declared “Olympus a Biosphere Reserve”. The European Community has included Olympus in the list of “The Most Important Bird areas of the European Community”. The whole Olympus has been declared an archaeological and historical place in order to preserve its monumental and historical physiognomy.
Nearest town or city: Litochoro
Directions: Mount Olympus is located on the border of Macedonia and Thessaly between the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa. The highest point of Mount Olympus, Mytikas, is located 263 km from Athens and 78 km from Thessaloniki as the crow flies and 18 km from the coast of Pieria and 24 km from Katerini.
Latitude, Longitude: 40.08306, 22.35512
Access Issues: Access to Litohoro is possible via the A75 motorway (highway Athens-Thessaloniki), with two entrances, junctions cottages and Plaka. There is a bus station serving the traveling public through Katerini and Thessaloniki, Katerini. Stop the crossing cottages make all laws bus traveling through the highway A75. The railway station cottages in the new location, a new modern building and subways, it serves the traveling publics preferred rail routes to the CIU and the suburban electric railway connecting Thessaloniki to Larissa.
Camping: Free
When to Climb: Winter
Quantity of Climbs: Weekend

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