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Ecomember 2016

On foot to Mount Olympos

1x1-pixel On foot to Mount Olympos

 

1x1-pixel On foot to Mount Olympos

Circular walk Agiassos – Mount Olympos – Agiassos

Total Distance of the hike: 10 km
Duration including stops: 6-7 hours
Level of difficulty: Medium

 

hike_olympos1 On foot to Mount Olympos

The trip

We start our tour to the summit in the village of Agiassos, one of the most fascinating mountain villages of the island of Lesvos. This lovely village is located about 400m above sea level. On ancient Kalderimi (old pilgrim and donkey paths) and narrow tracks we head up to Mount Olympos, at 968m one of the highest mountains of the island. During the ascent we have stunning views to the impressive White Mountains and the surrounding countryside.

 

1x1-pixel On foot to Mount Olympos

Mount Olympos is also known locally as Profitis Ilias because, like many high peaks in Greece, it has a small chapel dedicated to Profitis Ilias (the Prophet Elijah). At the top of the mountain, on a limestone plateau the summit is dominated by a large, white cross and the eponymous small chapel. From up here we have a breathtaking view of large parts of the island and – on clear days – beyond.

We stop here to rest and enjoy the view. Slowly we start our descent. We arrive further down at a beautiful view point where we have arranged a welcoming table, covered with small Greek delicacies. Here we rest a while and enjoy the tasty picnic and cool drinks.

Feeling stronger after the delicious meal, we start the descent to Agiassos. Once in Agiassos we take time for a stroll through the shady alleys and shops. If you wish, you can visit the famous pilgrimage church of the Virgin Mary (visited by many Orthodox pilgrims for its miracle working icon). In one of the local kafenia we relax after the exhilarating mountain hike and enjoy a coffee or ouzo.

Minimum of 2 people required, starting time and meeting point on arrangement.

Price

37 Euro per person with 2-4 participants
25 Euro per person with 5 or more participants

With larger groups the prices are on request.

Extra charge for our ‘all-inclusive’ package (lunch at Mount Olympus incl. wine or beer and water; coffee or ouzo in Agiassos): 15 Euro

 

1x1-pixel On foot to Mount Olympos

 

1x1-pixel On foot to Mount Olympos