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Olympus, home of the Gods

We are descending the winding road from Macedonia to Thessaly across a rather shallow ravine. We passed by the crossroad to Metaxa village upon the Kozani-Larissa road  and handing to Sarantaporo. Winter is everywhere and the white veil of snow is the only thing one could see. Leafless trees grow from the frozen land on the steep ravine’s banks and naked black and white rocks are threatening the sky. After a while and judging from the scenery’s change we have the feeling that we are getting closer to the end of the mountain road.

We take another almost U turn and there it is, the Magnificent Olympus.

It is totally covering the eastern horizon, expanding for kilometers from north to south. Its snowy crest is hidden by clouds and its robust body is scarred by canyons. Αt its foot, stretches  the hilly terrains of mountainous Elassona. It is – indisputably – the dominant element of the area.

 

info and trivia

Olympus is the higher mountain of Greece, home of the gods, the birthplace of so many legends, the favorite destination for nature lovers, hikers and climbers. It is located on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. The highest peak Mytikas, meaning “nose”, rises to 2,918 meters.

 

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View from Sarantaporo, spring 2010

 

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Pantelis Mitsiou

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