Today we planned a trip to Dion and Mount Olympos. We booked it via Keytours.gr accompanied by an experienced guide from Filos travel. We were picked up at a nearby hotel by a bus provided with airco and free wifi. On our way to Dion, which took about an hour, the guide told us some interesting facts about Thessaloniki and its surroundings. That made the drive to our destination more pleasant.
We started our excursion at the archeological park of Dion where we visited the ruins of the ancient city which housed Greek and Roman buildings, such as temples, sanctuaries, baths, etc. Before entering we had to purchase our tickets to both the park and the museum. This cost us € 8 per adult. TIP: If you’re an EU student, take your ISIC-card with you so you get free entrance. Pictures about our trip are shown beneath the post.
Next up we left by bus to the Dion museum where there was an exposition about the real artifacts found in the previously mentioned ruins. Apart from the big floor mosaic discovered in the villa of Dionysos, we were unimpressed so we went to look for rings to fake a proposal to prank my mom (jk). We thought the entrance fee was a little much for what we got out of it.
The bus took us further to “higher plains” (+/- 950m) on Mt Olympos, the mountain of the Gods. Myth has it that the 12 ancient Greek gods lived on its summit so no one was permitted to climb it and nobody has tried until mid 20th century because of unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions. On the slopes we could admire a beautifully unique flora which was the cause for declaring it one of Europe’s first national parks. We stopped at a shelter with a cafeteria for a few minutes where we could enjoy the breathtaking view over the gulf of Thermaikos.
Descending by bus to Litochoro, a small picturesque village at the foot of the mountain, we took a well deserved lunch break at Erato wine restaurant. We are still astonished about how cheap food and drinks (especially alcohol) is in Greece, while still maintaining a great taste and getting a good portion on your plate. Food pics below.
As we got back at the loft, we fetched ourselves some Strongbow 🍻 and now as this post is almost finished, we’re ready to resume our Game of Thrones binge.
Credits to my girl for correcting my bad English and cowriting todays post.