Litochoro, a traditional Greek village perched between the mountains and the sea, is located at the foot of Mount Olympus (the mythical abode of the 12 Olympian gods of the Ancient Greek world and the highest mountain in Greece). A Unesco Biosphere Reserve, Mount Olympus is home to hundreds of endemic and rare species of flora and fauna, making it a popular tourist destination for climbers and nature lovers alike. Hikers will love exploring this beautiful mountain with its lush vegetation and rivers, and there are trails for every level of ability.
Litochoro holidays are near the water, so you can spend your days on the beaches of Variko, Gritsa and Plaka, too. Meanwhile, in the picturesque town, there are plenty of tavernas and cafés along its narrow lanes where you can fuel up on delicious, hearty food after a day of trekking or swimming. Alternatively, on holidays to Litochoro you can explore the many historic monuments, chapels and monasteries in the surrounding area.
Follow the popular climbing route from Litochoro to Prionia. As you ascend, you’ll pass small creeks with waterfalls and natural pools – and the view is stupendous.
Spend a lazy afternoon strolling through the old quarter of Litochoro, where you’ll find houses built in the traditional Macedonian style, and charming small squares.
Visit the beach
There are three main beaches near Litochoro – Variko, Gritsa and Plaka. They all boast tranquil, clear water and it’s usually so flat here that locals refer to it as ‘ládi’ (oil).