Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mount Olympus: view from Litochoro

Mount Olympus, the highest mountain range in Greece, has its highest peak Mitikas (Mytikas), which is 2,919 meters high (9,577 feet). It is located in the borders of Thessaly and Macedonia, about 100 km away from Thessaloniki. The mountain has been regarded as the ‘home of the gods’, specifically of the Twelve Olympians, the twelve principal gods of the ancient Hellenistic world, according to Greek mythology. The mount is popular with climbers, though it is a non-technical hike, except for the final 30 minute section from Skala summit to Mitikas summit. Climbers mostly start from the town of Litochoro. (Photo dated: Jan 21, 2007.)

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