Mount Olympus

Driving the curvy road to Mount Olympus in Greece

Mount Olympus is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.423m (7,949ft) above the sea level, located in the Larissa regional unit, on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, in Greece. It'sone of the highest roads of the country.

Located within the Mount Olympus National Park, the road to the summit is unpaved and very steep. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are required. Expect high winds. Winds are an almost everyday occurrence. Stay away if you're scared of heights. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. The climb has more than 25 hairpin turns.

The road lies within the Olympus Range. Starting from Kalyvia, an aromanian village of the Elassona municipality, the road is 22.2 km long. It ends at the Christakis Refuge, a mountain refuge. It was named after Christos Kakalos the infamous Mount Olympus hunter who guided Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus highest peak Mytikas on the 2nd of August in 1913.
Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road is snowcapped for about nine months (September to May). Mount Olympus is one of the most important locations in Greek mythology.


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