[well]Mount Olympus Quick Facts:
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in all of Greece and the second highest in the Balkans. Not only that, Mount Olympus contains one of the highest peaks throughout all of Europe, called ‘Mytikas’.
Altogether, Mount Olympus contains 32 different peaks with Mytikas rising to a height of 9,750 feet (2,919 m). With a circumference of 93 miles (150 km), an average diameter of 16 miles (26 km) and a total area size of 230 square miles (600 sq km), Mount Olympus is fairly massive in size and takes on a circular shape if viewed from above.
Throughout Mount Olympus, there are several very deep gorges, religious monuments, a rich flora and fauna and a plethora of hiking and climbing trails that have been made for its visitors. This natural wonder of the world is in fact home to Olympus National Park, which is considered to contain one of the richest flora regions throughout all of Greece.
With a total of 1,700 different species and subspecies it means that close to 25% of the country’s flora has made a home in these lands. Mount Olympus’ climate is what makes the presence of so many different types of vegetation even possible. Some of the many endemic plants found here include several beautiful wildflowers, maple trees, willows, beech and Bosnian pine.
While the flora of Mount Olympus has been thoroughly studied, the fauna has only partially been studied where researchers have found a total of 32 different species of mammals. These species include wild boar, beech marten, red fox and goats.
There are also 22 species of reptiles, 108 bird species and a large number of different insects mostly consisting of butterflies found throughout the lands of Mount Olympus.
Mount Olympus is located within the Olympus Range and on the border between Macedonia and Thessaly; more specifically between the regional unites of Larissa and Pieria. With a distance of only 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Thessaloniki, it makes that particular area the most popular starting point for visitors.
The coordinates of Mount Olympus are 40°05′08″ N and 22°21′31″ E.
For several years, Mount Olympus has been one of the primary reasons that visitors head to Greece. With so much to see, do and explore within its lands and ranges, it’s no mystery as to why this mountain is so popular with visitors from all over the world.
Some of the most popular activities that are available while paying a visit to this natural wonder include mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and other air sports. There are several companies that offer guided excursions that give you a chance to explore the surroundings and visit famous sites such as various monasteries, villages and museums.
It is possible for visitors to spend up to weeks on Mount Olympus and still not be able to see all that this beautiful mountain has to offer. With so much Greek mythology, history and culture in one place, Mount Olympus will indeed continue to be a unique and glorious place for all who choose to visit its lands.
The best time to visit Mount Olympus is during the summer months of June, July and August. This is also the busier time of the year. For those who like less crowds and can take a little colder temperatures visiting in either May or September can be a rewarding experience.