A relatively easy hike through the lower parts of the northern Mount Olympus in Greece, takes you in about one and a half hour to a cave at 720 meters altitude in the middle of the woods. The site of the cave has no specific name, but if you show mountain guides who work in the area of Mount Olympus, a picture of the cave, they will know how to get you there. The path runs parallel to the Agia Triada Gorge and almost the entire walk you will hear the pretty noisy river Papa flowing at the bottom of the ravine. The rocks where the cave is in are really impressive. And if you want to see the inside of the cave it’s useful to have a flashlight with you. It’s better to not enter the cave unless you are experienced, but you can look inside from the entrance.
At the start of the route the path is rocky and strewn with stones. You just have to pay attention to how and where you walk. There are not so many ascends and descends. A little later you will walk through forests in the shadow of the trees. Here the path is very easy to walk on. Though the many leaves with which the path is covered can make you slip sometimes. Always be careful.
After you have visited the cave you can go down into the ravine to get to the river Papa. Therefore you will have to descend a forested hill. The descent is really steep and you have to watch your step very carefully and hold on to trees in order not to slip over the many leaves. But it is so worth it when you arrive at the bottom of the gorge and see the crystal clear river flowing along gigantic boulders. Depending on which part of the river you are at, you can swim. The water is so clean that you can drink it as well. Make sure you arrange in advance with the mountain guide what you want to visit and to do.
How to get there
Maybe your guide will pick you up from your accommodation, but if not you go by car to the village of Vrontou. From there it’s around four kilometers to a place called Agioi Apostoloi. From here you will see at a distance to your right, built at the edge of a rock, the little church of Agia Triada. At Agioi Apostoloi is the office of the Greek Mountaineering Club, EOS Vrontou. Usually outside this office is where people meet to get into the mountains.
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