Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, known worldwide for its mythological context, as at the top of it (Mytikas, 2,919 meters high) were inhabited by the Twelve "Olympians" according to the religion of the ancient Greeks. It is also the second highest mountain in the Balkans (after Rila in Bulgaria). Its compact mountain range dominates the boundaries of Macedonia and Thessaly, with a series of high peaks grooving deep ravines, around which extends an area of particular biodiversity. To protect this unique heritage, it was proclaimed as early as 1938 the first National Park of Greece.
Thousands of nature lovers visit Olympus every year to admire the charm of nature and enjoy its slopes and climbing peaks. Organized mountain shelters with a variety of hiking and climbing routes are available to visitors who want to explore its beauty. The classic starting point is the town of Litochoro at the eastern foot of the mountain, 100km from Thessaloniki, where the Mount Olympus Marathon ends at the beginning of each summer.