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Meteora & Olympus 8 days trekking


Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, at 2,917 and one of the highest, in real absolute altitude from base to top, of Europe since its base is located at sea level; it is situated at 40°05′N 22°21′E, in mainland Greece.

Mount Olympus is noted for its very rich flora with several endemic species. The highest peak on Mount Olympus is Mitikas, which in Greek means "nose" (an alternative transliterated spelling of this name is "Mytikas"). Mitikas is the highest peak in Greece, the second highest being Skolio (2912 m). Any climb to Mount Olympus starts from the town of Litochoro, which took the name City of Gods because of its location on the roots of the mountain.

In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus is considered the home of the Twelve Olympians, the principal gods in the Greek pantheon. The Greeks thought of it as built up with crystal mansions wherein the gods, such as Zeus (The King of Gods and Goddesses), dwelt. It is also known in Greek mythology that when Gaia (mother earth) gave birth to the Titans (the ancestors of the gods) they used the mountains in Greece as their thrones since they were so huge, and Cronus (the youngest and most powerful of the Titans) sat on Mount Olympus itself. The etymology and meaning of the name Olympus (Olympos) is unknown, and it may be of Pre-Indo-European origin. 


Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Ortodox monasteries, second importnant only to Mt. Athos. Six of the twenty four monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill llike rounded boulders that dominate the local area. They are located near the town of Kalambaka at the Northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly. Meteora are included on the Unesco World Heritage list.